Manufacturing details of the Colt-Burgess Lever Action|
by Scott Crawford - July 26, 2021
- This rifle was available in 0ctagon, Round or 1/2 & 1/2 round & octagon barrel configurations. A total of 6,403 units were manufactured.
- Available from: 1883 to 1885
- Cartridges: .44-40 Winchester
- Notes: The Colt-Burgess rifle, also known as the 1883 Burgess rifle or simply the Burgess rifle, is a lever-action repeating rifle produced by Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company between 1883 and 1885. The Burgess rifle was Colt's only entrance into the lever-action rifle market, produced to compete with Winchester Repeating Arms Company's line of popular rifles.
This firearm was available as a 25-1/2" barreled rifle or a 20" carbine. A tubular magazine is located under the barrel in similar fashion to other lever-action rifles with a capacity of 15 rounds in the rifle version or 12 rounds in the carbine version. The receiver on the Burgess rifle is smaller than the Winchester 1873's, providing for a lighter firearm. The rifle's action, though similar to the Winchester 1873's, is considered to be a stronger design. The action utilizes a toggle-joint system to lock the breechblock. The extension of the loading lever is the lower part of the toggle-joint; the upper part of the toggle-joint is linked to the breechblock. Located on the receiver is a sliding loading gate from which cartridges are fed into the magazine; the sliding gate design is in contrast to Winchester's tilting gate. Burgess rifles were finished with either a blued or browned barrel, blued receiver, casehardened hammer and lever, and walnut stock. Current reproduction Burgess rifles are also available with casehardened frames
The 1883 Burgess rifle was designed and patented by Andrew Burgess, an American firearms designer and photographer, who sold the design to Colt. Replicas of the Burgess rifle and carbine are currently produced by the Italian manufacturer Uberti chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge.
||12 (carbine) to 15 (rifle)
||20.0" to 25-1/2"
||Round/Half-Round/Octagon or Octagon
||Scope Mount Type
|Rate of Twist
||37.25" to 42.75"
||Length of Pull
||7.25 to 8.75 lbs
||Case Color Hardened or Blued/Browned
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