1883 BURGESS CARABINE - bbl.20''
  • 1883 Burgess rifle bbl.25″
  • 1883 BURGESS RIFLE

1883 BURGESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE & CARBINE

1883 MODEL LEVER ACTION RIfLE The 1883 Colt Burgess lever action made from ’83 to ’85 represents Colt’s lone attempt to compete with Winchester for the lever action rifle market. Colt’s initiative resulted in 6403 rifles. Manufacture of the Colt Burgess ceased early in 1885 only 21 months following its introduction. The model gun for the Colt Burgess is exhibited in the Colt Collection of the Connecticut State Library. With such a small production the Burgess is one of the rarer models of Colt weapons and has considerable Collector’s appeal. Collectors have nicknamed the Colt lever action the “Burgess” after its inventor Andrew Burgess. Burgess was a well known civil war photographer designer of fire alarms and a prolific designer of firearms. He had nearly 600 firearms patents to his credit. Only three engraved pieces were made and one of these (serial n°285) was presented to William F. ( Buffalo Bill) Cody. On the side of the frame is a motif of Cody shooting a buffalo from horseback using a Colt Burgess rifle. So the fact that Buffalo Bill Cody owned one of these guns adds to their color and appeal as does the overall handsome design and the lever operated action. Original price sheets from Colt and Winchester show the Winchester 1873 carbine was priced at $17 50 whereas the Colt Burgess carbine was priced at $24 oo. According to tradition Winchester did not take kindly to the intrusion and developed a few revolver designs which would have then been in direct competition with Colt’s mainstay products. Before long a deal was reached and Winchester agreed to stay out of the evolver business.

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1883 MODEL LEVER ACTION RIfLE The 1883 Colt Burgess lever action made from ’83 to ’85 represents Colt’s lone attempt to compete with Winchester for the lever action rifle market. Colt’s initiative resulted in 6403 rifles. Manufacture of the Colt Burgess ceased early in 1885 only 21 months following its introduction. The model gun for the Colt Burgess is exhibited in the Colt Collection of the Connecticut State Library. With such a small production the Burgess is one of the rarer models of Colt weapons and has considerable Collector’s appeal. Collectors have nicknamed the Colt lever action the “Burgess” after its inventor Andrew Burgess. Burgess was a well known civil war photographer designer of fire alarms and a prolific designer of firearms. He had nearly 600 firearms patents to his credit. Only three engraved pieces were made and one of these (serial n°285) was presented to William F. ( Buffalo Bill) Cody. On the side of the frame is a motif of Cody shooting a buffalo from horseback using a Colt Burgess rifle. So the fact that Buffalo Bill Cody owned one of these guns adds to their color and appeal as does the overall handsome design and the lever operated action. Original price sheets from Colt and Winchester show the Winchester 1873 carbine was priced at $17 50 whereas the Colt Burgess carbine was priced at $24 oo. According to tradition Winchester did not take kindly to the intrusion and developed a few revolver designs which would have then been in direct competition with Colt’s mainstay products. Before long a deal was reached and Winchester agreed to stay out of the evolver business.


FinishesTechnicalParts and Schematics
000: STANDARD BLUE
A01: ANTIQUE PATINA FINISH OLD WEST RIFLES
C03: CHARCOAL BLUE
W03: WHITE FINISH
G03: CHECKERING ON FOREND ONLY BY HAND
G04: STOCK AND FOREND CHECKERED BY HAND
G05: HAND RUBBED OIL FINISH ON DELUXE WOOD
G12: SUPERIOR OIL FINISH
G28: CHECKERING ON STOCK ONLY BY HAND
G33: CHECKERING ON FOREND ONLY BY LASER
G34: CHECKERING ON STOCK ONLY BY LASER
G35: STOCK AND FOREND CHECKERED BY LASER
Caliber: .44/40 – .45LC
Length of Barrel: 20″ – 25½”
Overall Length: bbl.25½” 42.90″
Weight: bbl.25½” 8.48 lbs
Barrel: Forged steel
Frame: Forged steel and color case
Barrel Shape: carbine ROUND TAPERED – rifle ROUND TAPERED or OCTAGONAL TAPERED
Stock: Walnut
Forend: Walnut



Item Model Barrel Length cal.
2600 1883 BURGESS MOD.RIFLE 20″ .45LC CAT.16833 20″ 45LC




2601 1883 BURGESS MOD.RIFLE 20″ .44-40 CAT.16831 20″ 44-40




2604 1883 BURGESS MOD.RIFLE 25.1/2″ .45LC CAT.16834 25.1/2″ 45LC




2605 1883 BURGESS MOD.RIFLE 25.1/2″ .44-40 CAT.16832 25.1/2″ 44-40




2620 1883 BURGESS MOD.CARBINE 20″ .45LC CAT.16833 20″ 45LC




2621 1883 BURGESS MOD.CARBINE 20″ .44-40 CAT.16831 20″ 44-40




2624 1883 BURGESS MOD.CARBINE 25.1/2″.45LC CAT.16834 25.1/2″ 45LC




2625 1883 BURGESS MOD.CARBINE 25.1/2″.44-40 CAT.16832 25.1/2″ 44-40




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