Colt New Frontier .22


November 10, 2009, 06:17 PM
I've owned several Colt single action revolvers in my life.

My favorite was a Colt .22 LR that I shot from 1961 through 1980 when I traded it for something or another.

This past month I bought a Colt New Frontier model in 22 LR., :

I've been reading up on the gun and it's serial number indicates it's a 1981 0r 1982 birth date. These New Frontiers came with a stronger flat top frame, fully adjustable rear and ramp front sights, and a beautiful color case hardened frame with Colt's Royal Blue finish on barrel and cylinder.

It also comes with a transfer bar or hammer block . I understand the transfer block theory, but what I need some coaching on is exactly how it works.

On my used gun, when I open the loading ramp, the transfer bar is sticking into the loading slot.

I can easily push it in and out of the way and load & unload.

Then as I cock the Colt to shoot it moves out of the way and I can fire, but when I open the ramp to unload it's in the way again.

I'm sure something isn't working right, but I not sure what.

Is there a lubrication point that needs oil or a spring missig or an adjustment?

Thanks in advance for your advise.


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November 10, 2009, 08:17 PM
You have a later model Colt .22 single action with an extra safety device the earlier guns didn't have.
That's what's sticking into the loading area.

This is a cross-bolt safety.
When the loading gate is opened, the safety is sticking into the loading area. Before the gun can be loaded the cross-bolt safety must be pushed into the frame, which puts a steel safety bar in front of the hammer, preventing it from firing.

When the gun is cocked, the safety is pushed back into the loading gate area.

Here's a Colt owner's manual explaining the late type cross-bolt safety device.,_new_frontier_buntline.pdf

David E
November 11, 2009, 01:25 AM
What he said.

It sounds like yours is working as designed.

November 11, 2009, 03:46 AM
Man, I had one of those back a few years ago. 4 5/8" barrel. What a nice gun that was.

I traded it off like an IDIOT! :banghead::banghead:

I've got an "F" model "Frontier Scout" now, from the mid 60's but man that GS model with the steel frame was SWEET.

And yes, the safety is working like it's supposed to. :D

December 30, 2009, 04:35 PM
I have a pair of New Frontier .22 revolvers, with different barrel lengths (one has a "G" serial number and the other has an "L" serial number).

I know these guns were built in the 1970s, and are early model New Frontiers (without the cross-bolt) but I don't know exactly when they were built. What source can I use use to identify the year of manufacture from the serial number?

December 30, 2009, 04:57 PM
try here...

December 30, 2009, 05:06 PM
I ran across this site earlier, but it doesn't appear to have what I'm looking for. In the Colt section, under Single Action Revolvers, it has "New Frontier SAA & Buntline (1961 - 1964 Only)" but these do not appear to be the same models. My guns do not have the NF at the end of the serial number. None of the Colt Single Actions listed here have the "G" or "L" prefix.

Thanks anyway, from a Wyoming native but current Texan :-)

December 30, 2009, 05:16 PM
I have one of these passedown from wife's father. Almost NIB. It's .22 mag. Can I get a LR cylinder for it. Will it have to be fitted.

Cocked & Locked
December 30, 2009, 05:43 PM
Mine does not have that safety doodad thing. I've forgotten, but I think mine dates to 1972+-. Regardless, its a fun shooter. :cool:

December 31, 2009, 01:51 AM
Real purty foto that !

January 1, 2010, 10:19 PM
I have Colt .22 revolver. It has “New Frontier .22” engraved on the barrel, a steel, color case hardened frame and two cylinders. One cylinder is for the .22LR and the other for .22 Magnum. It does not have the cross-bolt safety.

The serial number is “G147XX.” That number does not even show up on Proofhouse under the New Frontier listing.

However, when I checked “Frontier Scout and Peacemaker .22 revolvers,” there it is.

So, you might look around at the other listings.
- Backpacker

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