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Colt Frontier Scout, yea or nea?

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  1. NIGHTLORD40K

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    So, I was just oogling a '67 Colt Frontier Scout .22lr at the LGS. Looks just like this-
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    Includes the display box, looks unfired. I couldnt really find alot online about these. Are they steel/aluminum or a mix and is that gold or brass plating?

    They are asking $550, which seems reasonable. What does the gestalt think?
     
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  2. Armored farmer

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    I had a frontier that I gave to my son.
    It is a quality revolver. It had a goofy hammer block that extended into the loading gate.....but it worked and was a non-issue.
     
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    My Frontier Scout is a 2 tone 1958 model, that at some point was milled for adjustable sights. I know the early frames were aluminum and at some point changed over to a zinc alloy of some description, but I'm not sure when. Mine is accurate and fun to shoot. I picked it up a few years ago for $200, without box/papers and modified with the sights.
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    Did Colt actually make them, or were they outsourced like the single shots and some small autos they sold??
     
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    Oh man, that is a shame about those sights,,,
    It approaches blasphemy in my eyes.

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    This one is named Lucille,,,
    It was my Mother's pistol for many years.

    Me and my two younger brothers tried to wear it out,,,
    A brick of shorts (all my Pop would buy) each month for at least five years.

    The gun is still tight and shoots as precise as it did when I was a kid.

    I'll put this old gal up against any Ruger Single Six ever made.

    Aarond

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  7. Riomouse911

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    My Grandfather had one that he left to my sister when he passed in 1990. I liked carrying-shooting that little gun a lot.

    She let one of her boyfriends keep it at his parents house, “because they have a safe.”

    Now I guess they have a Colt .22 as well, since they broke up about two months after she took it over there and no one has seen or heard from him since. :fire:.

    As for the OP, if it’s unfired it’ll drop in value like a rock if you’d shoot it... if upon a close exam it’s been fired it’s pretty fancy for a shooter but nowhere near as gaudy as those 24k gold-tone-plated-to-death commemoratives offered for exorbitant prices in half the gun mags. In fact it’s pretty nice looking for a gold-plated piece.

    I’d offer $425-$450 and see if they take it.

    Stay safe.
     
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  8. dfariswheel

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    Colt made MANY Scouts as commemoratives.
    Values for the commemorative models is not high, and they have to be 100% brand new in the box with all papers and anything else that was originally shipped with it to have value.

    These were usually made in minimum numbers of 500 and maximum numbers depending on how popular they thought a particular event being commemorated was.

    The plating is real gold, which is not very durable.
    The average price now is usually around $600 for a new in the box model with all papers, etc.

    Values for a 100% new standard model is around $500 to $600 for the '62 "P" suffix Scout model that had plastic "stag" grips.

    Serial numbers that start with a "Q" or "F" serial number were aluminum framed.
    "K" suffix guns were made of Zamac (zinc) alloy and are 6 ounces heavier.

    These were actually manufactured by Colt.
     
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    I would hold out for a steel framed Scout made 70-77 as New Frontier scout and "peacemaker " fixed sights (rare) , They made the New Frontier scout again about 83 but it was a dismal iece with a cross bolt safety ! :)

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  10. Armored farmer

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    That must be what mine is....... it has a cross bolt safety. It belonged to my late friend who bought it new when he got into trapping about '83 iirc. His widow gave it to me when he passed. I gave it to #1 so when he came of age.
     
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    The scouts were alloy framed. I owed a couple of them but they both developed cylinder wobble way to early for my liking. When the case hardening Peace Maker and New Frontier versions came out I bought the fixed sight Peace Maker and it stood up very well. No wear problems with a lot of rounds through it.
     
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    My favorite was the New Frontier Scout with the adjustable rear sight and the color case hardened steel frame. Liked the 4 3/8" barrel along with the .22 Magnum cylinder.
     
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    Hmm, ya, not a fan of Zamak- not at this price point. Think Ill pass, thanks for the input, guys.
     
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    Guys, I can't find any reference to a "New Frontier Scout".

    New Frontier I can find,,,
    Frontier Scout I can find,,,
    But "New Frontier Scout" is not in any Colt book I have.

    The New Frontier was a full size gun,,,
    The Frontier Scout was approximately 7/8 scale.

    Aarond

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    Be careful when oogling that you don't drool on the merchandise.
    Love the looks and handling of single action revolvers and that's a particularly handsome specimen.
    But, as I have said many times, I'm a ,22 fanboy and so I might be prejudiced.
     
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    Ya, not a giant fan of single actions, but, ya know, shiny objects and all.....:D
     
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    The two major ingredients.....
     
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    I've never cared much for the Colt "Scout" revolvers. They just looked and felt "cheap" to me. As a matter of fact when I first saw the Heritage Rough Rider, I though of the Colt Scout.

    Now the New Frontier in 22 was a totally different animal. The ones with the adjustable sights, and steel frame. I like those, and never cared if they had the crossbolt safety or not. It was hidden so you couldn't see it, and you didn't have to use it it you didn't want to.
     
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    I had a completely Gold plated Scout , think it was "California Bi Centennial " issue with a genuine artificial nugget in the beautiful case . It got traded back and forth and was off the scale in bling factor. It was never fired and had a nylon band over hammer since the factory. About 10 year ago finally sold it for close to $600 , saw it over the years show up in various LGS for sale , last price I saw a few years ago was $500 :) . Now I still have a beautiful 4.4" .22/mag New Frontier Scout which matches my New Frontier SAA .44 special that I am keeping for now. I have fired both and they are magnificent shooters and are sighted in ! :)
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    Reminds me of a picture a friend sent me, a cat with a rapt expression on its face and a Christmas tree lit up reflected in its eyes. Captioned "It's so shiny!"

    I had a Ruger Single Six and although I loved the feel and handling, the loading/unloading was such a chore that I never replaced it when the orcish burglar relieved me of ownership.
     
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    I remember seeing a color photograph of the New Frontier .22 in a magazine and that color case hardened frame was the sweetest thing I ever saw on a single action .22! Now don't get me wrong, I still love my Ruger Single Six but that Colt was one beautiful single action!
     
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    I have a colt frontier scout (i think, will double check). It is very accurate. Very fun. It was my great grand fathers so i do not shoot it much. Wish i could find another to take as a hunting side arm and keep the finish on that one. I would offer 450 and see what they say
     
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    I bought one in the late '50's or early '60's from Sears for $50.00. It was a great fixed sight single action and very accurate. Like so many other rifle and handguns that I've owned, I wish I still had it!
     
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    Those dratted magazines with their sultry cover pictures. Just posted on another thread the picture of the magazine cover that tempted me into Python ownership.
    Gun porn....
     
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