SOLD FOR: $1825
Model: New Frontier Single Action Army
Serial Number: 13657NF
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Caliber: .44-40 WCF (Winchester Center Fire)
Action Type: Side Gate Loaded Single Action Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel is marked “COLT NEW FRONTIER S.A.A. 44-40”. The left side of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871 / JULY 2, 72 JAN. 19, 75” followed by the Rampant Colt. The underside of the frame is marked with the serial number, “13657NF”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “44-40”, the front is marked “3657”. The left side of each portion of the grip frame, under the grip, is marked with “13657NF”. The inside of each grip panel has “13657” hand-written in pencil. The left of the trigger guard has “VP” in triangle and “K”, the right is marked “Z”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2?
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notched leaf pinned to the topstrap adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth walnut panels with inset gold Rampant Colt medallions. The left panel has a few minor marks around the grip screw escutcheon. The right panel has some light nicks along the bottom edge with a few minor marks above the edge. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The finish is quite strong throughout. The frame has a few spots of very faint surface oxidation. There is a tiny nick in the backstrap. The cylinder has very faint turn-wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder locks with very little play on each of their 6 chambers. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This revolver comes in a faux-wood cardboard Colt box with serial-matching label, two-piece styrofoam tray and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. The box has moderate wear with fraying and tears at edges and corners. On the label-end, one small ear is missing and the label ear has torn off and been re-attached with tape.
Our Assessment: On offer here is the adjustable sighted cousin of Colt’s legendary Single Action Army, the New Frontier Single Action Army. While the original SAA revolvers have rugged, fixed sights, the New Frontier has a ramped front sight and adjustable rear sight, giving it a rather contemporary appearance. This one retains 97% of its original metal finish and has a very nice case colored frame. It comes with its original box and manual. This model has a 7 1/2? barrel giving it a stupendous sight radius for target shooting, making for a very accurate revolver that the shooters will appreciate. As a collector item, you can’t beat the look and feel of a Colt. Do not hesitate to place a generous bid on this handsome revolver—you will not regret it. Good luck and happy budding!