Smith & Wesson Adds 45 Colt to the Model 1854 Series

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss

Smith & Wesson is continuing to expand their new line of Model 1854 lever action rifles with the addition of a new chambering - .45 Colt. The .45 Colt chambered rifle has a 9+1 capacity removable tube magazine, a large lever look, a Picatinny optic rail, a threaded 19 ¼-inch barrel and a choice of stocks and finishes.

MSRP for the new range of Model 1854s begins at $1,279 for the model with the silver finish and black synthetic stock with textured grip panels while the traditional walnut rifle with a black finish comes in at $1,399 MSRP.

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Here’s what Smith & Wesson have to say about the new Model 1854 in .45 Colt:

“Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, announces today the release of the new Model 1854, chambered in 45 Colt.
At the time Smith & Wesson introduced the Model 1854 series, .44 Rem Mag was the caliber offering of choice. Now, starting today, you can own one of these smooth lever guns in the iconic 45 Colt cartridge. The Model 1854 series is designed to strategically blend the classic aesthetic of the American lever gun while incorporating modern enhancements. This past year, the series received the 2024 Editor’s Choice Best All-Around Rifle, from Outdoor Life. Models are offered in a paired synthetic black polymer and stainless-steel finish, as well as a walnut furniture combination with Armornite finish.
These rifles are designed with a 9+1 capacity, include a threaded 19 ¼-inch barrel, and boast a crisp and smooth action that is also tough enough to stand up to use in the field. The Model 1854 comes with additional features out of the box like a 4 ¾-inch Picatinny base for mounting optics, an adjustable XS Sights® ghost ring rear sight, a gold bead front sight, flat-face trigger design, and removable magazine tube that allows you to safely unload the rifle.
Experience the perfect blend of heritage and innovation with the Smith & Wesson Model 1854 Series, now available in .44 Rem Mag and 45 Colt.”

Here are the features of the walnut and black model 1854:

  • 11/16-24 Threaded Barrel
  • Accepts mounts compatible with Marlin® 1894 hole patterns
  • Walnut Stock with textured grip panels
  • Walnut Forend with textured grip panels
  • Gold bead front sight
  • XS Sights ghost ring rear sight
  • 1:20" RH Twist 8-Groove Rifling
  • Large loop operating lever
  • Forged 416 SS Receiver with Armornite finish
  • 19.25" 410 SS Barrel with Armornite finish

For more information on the S&W Model 1854 Series, visit

Are you interested in the Smith & Wesson Model 1854 in classic .45 Colt? Have you bought one of the rifles in another caliber already? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

Managing Editor: & Overt Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. Matt is also runs The Armourer's Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms. Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news. Reach Matt at:

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