1960's 22 colt revolver looks like a Peacemaker


September 5, 2011, 08:25 PM
I have a question about the above if anyone can help. It belonged to my father and he taught me and my older brothers how to shoot with it. It looks just like the old Peacemaker, gunfighter pistol, but it's .22 caliber and has simulated one grips. There is a small round, silver medallion on each side that says Colt on it. It's a great little gun and very accurate. I've inherited it and plan on teaching my daughter to shoot with it. Her Mom's .380 is too small for her and my .45 kicks too much and she hates the look of a snub-nosed 38. Not only did I marry a princess, I'm raising one! Anyway, just hoping somebody might be able to tell me a little history about it. I searched Colt's web pages but couldn't find it. Still looking though.


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September 5, 2011, 08:33 PM
I had a Colt SA 22 I bought new in '63.
It was called a "Frontier Scout".
Mine was just a plain vanilla model with hard rubber grips.
I recall at the time Colt was also selling some miniature Peacemakers in 22 that were presentation pieces.

September 5, 2011, 08:48 PM
Sounds like a Frontier Scout to me, but without pictures, it's going to tough to positively identify it.

September 5, 2011, 08:50 PM
Try this = Owners Manual:



September 5, 2011, 09:48 PM
Here's a short history of it.

In the 1950's TV westerns got big and people started wanting "cowboy" guns.
Colt thought that a smaller, .22LR single action would sell.

Their first model was the Colt Frontier Scout made from 1957 to 1970.
It was made in three versions, all basically the same gun except for the material the frame was made of and cosmetic differences like the finish and the grips.
The first version had a "Q" or "F" suffix in the serial number and had an aluminum frame.
These came with an extra .22 Magnum cylinder after 1964.

The "K" suffix model had a frame made of cast Zamac (cast zinc) and was made from 1960 to 1970.

The Frontier Scout '62 had a "P" suffix.

These guns had a wide range of different finishes from full blue to bright nickel, and grips made of wood or plastic, including some with plastic "stag" grips.
Barrel lengths ranged from 4 1/2" to a Buntline model with a 9 1/2" barrel.
Colt made a large number of commemorative versions over the years, such as the Golden Spike, the Pony Express, various state anniversary models, and many more.

In 1970 Colt changed the frame material to steel with a color case hardened finish.
This was made in various models from 1970 to 1986, and was also available with adjustable sights.

These were very good quality little guns and shoot very well.

To find the year your's was made, check the serial number index here:

Note that right now the site is down. You can also call Colt during business hours and they'll give you the year over the phone.

September 5, 2011, 10:03 PM
The one I had had the light aluminum frame.
It was probably the cheapest model, don't remember what it cost, but I was a young GI and didn't have a lot of money to spend on guns.

September 5, 2011, 11:22 PM
Rcmodel pegged it! I didn't have a clue as to what model it might have been and only knew it was made in the 1960's. Thanks RC! And thanks to everybody! Hey RC? Holler if ya get to Mobile. I'll take ya shooting and share some RC glider flying with ya if ya don't think it'd be too boring. Gliders keep me sane these days.

Edit: it's a 1962 Frontier Scout.. Full blued with "stag" handles. And even nicer now that I know exactly what it is and how long Dad had it.

September 6, 2011, 12:35 AM
Yup. It's a Frontier Scout. 22LR or 22mag or with both interchangeable cylinders. Mine was the Buntline special until the barrel turned into a balloon. Now it has a 4 1/2bbl.

Thanks dfariswheel. I've that gun since 1958 (F suffix) and never knew it had an aluminum frame. Just put a magnet to it and surenuf. And it still shoots great.

September 6, 2011, 08:35 AM
I still have the original instruction/parts list sheet that came with the Frontier Scout I had.
If anyone's interested I could scan it.
There's no date on it, but it's pre zip code.

September 6, 2011, 11:34 AM
Be aware that your Colt is of traditional SAA design and has no modern drop-safety system.

Although it has a "safety" notch on the hammer, the fact is, they are very delicate and can fire if carried fully loaded and dropped on the hammer.

Safe modern practice with any traditional SAA is to carry the gun with an empty chamber under the hammer.

To do so easily when loading:
* Load 1, skip 1, load 4.
* Then close the loading gate, finish cocking the hammer, and lower it.
* It will be on the empty chamber.

BTW: Thanks for the offer on the R/C Glider! I'm sure I would enjoy it a bunch! I've built a few, and also a couple old timers.
But my chances of getting to Mobile AL are about the same as getting to the moon!


Jim K
September 6, 2011, 11:52 AM
The Colt Frontier Scout was introduced in 1957 primarily to compete with the Ruger Single Six. Ruger introduced the Single Six in 1953 for the simple reason that Bill Ruger liked the idea, but when the TV cowboy craze hit, they made a mint. Colt was not only slow off the mark (as always) but their first Scouts had some problems (the cylinder stop being a major one), but they also sold well and were made in several variations.


September 6, 2011, 08:59 PM
No worries RC. Dad taught me to shoot well and safe. I did always tell him that I thought it was funny that they called it a six shooter when you only put 5 bullets in the thing. But Dad was a former Marine and former Army, so I did as I was told 'cause I wanted to keep playing with the shiny bang maker. :D

September 6, 2011, 09:02 PM
Look something like this?


Colt Frontier Scout convertable from 1967.

September 7, 2011, 09:09 AM
Yup, but with a white plastic " bone" grip and I don't know if Dad bought the extra chamber for it. I actually found a video review of it on youtube by a g who goes by the name of Sootch00. Look it up. He's got some other great videos also if you're interested in being prepared for trouble.

September 7, 2011, 09:34 AM
>>I had a Colt SA 22 I bought new in '63.<<

Oh good, I'm not the only old geezer here! :p

September 7, 2011, 09:50 AM
>>I had a Colt SA 22 I bought new in '63.<<

Oh good, I'm not the only old geezer here!

Yup, those years kinda sneak up on a guy. :)
1stSFG(ABN)USA 62-65

September 7, 2011, 01:49 PM
Yup, those years kinda sneak up on a guy. :)

No they don't. They race by like a Ferrari on race gas..... Everytime I blink it seems like another month has gone by :D

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