My old partner was hosting a "Five Shot" qual course for some officers who carry five shot pistols for back up or off duty. Most carry a Taurus 85 or a Smith. There's this one officer in the department who really isn't a gun nut, not really interested in them at all. This particular officer shows up with Colt snubby, but not like one I had ever seen before. It had bird head grips, and the empty casings were extracted through the side one at a time, like a Ruger Black Hawk. It was blued and in about 90% condition. Looked really antique. We told him that he had something special there, though none of us could positively ID the gun. Gave him my Taurus to qual with and told him not to fire the Colt. I looked it up in my Modern Guns book and found it to be an 1877 Colt Lightning worth 15 or 16 hundred bucks! He about fell over when I called him and told him what he had!