SOLD FOR: $1000.01
Model: New Frontier Buntline
Serial Number: G210709
Year of Manufacture: 1984, Colt Serial Number Lookup
Caliber: .22 LR
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “NEW FRONTIER BUNTLINE .22” and the top “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”. The left of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871 / JULY 2. 72 JAN. 19. 75” and with a rampant colt logo. The bottom of the frame is marked “G210709” in front of the trigger guard. The right side of the grip is marked “D699” and the left is marked “X” and “PC”. The inside of the right grip panel is marked “2R. / COLT’S HTFD. CONN”. The inside of the left panel is marked “IL. / COLT’S HTFD. CONN” The left of the trigger guard has “VP” in triangle and “K”.
Barrel Length: 7.5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base pinned to the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black, hard rubber with rampant colt in oval at their tops and American eagles below. There is a minor scuff on the top of the right panel. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The checkering, colts and eagles are sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Coloring
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is a patch of pitting on the left side of the barrel near the muzzle and a smaller spot just behind the front sight. There are a few little nicks and scratches on the bottom of the barrel. The cylinder has a faint turn-line and some infrequently scattered faint marks. The case coloring on the frame is strong. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup shows barely perceptible play. The trigger pull is crisp. There is a push safety in the loading gate that blocks the hammer. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a felt lined wood display case with a hinged lid with a key. The case shows some scattered nicks, scuffs, and scratches but no chips or cracks.
Our Assessment: The Colt Single Action Army handgun is a single action revolver designed for the US government service revolver trials of 1873 by Colt’s Manufacturing Company and adopted as the standard military service revolver until 1892. Although the SAA has been offered in over 30 different calibers and various barrel lengths, its overall appearance has remained consistent since 1873. Colt has discontinued its production twice, but brought it back due to excessive demand. The Colt Buntline Special is a long-barreled variant of the Colt Single Action Army revolver, which Stuart N. Lake described in his best-selling but largely fictionalized 1931 biography “Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal”. According to Lake, the dime novelist Ned Buntline commissioned the production of six Buntline Specials equipped with 12” barrels and presented them to five lawmen as well as to Buffalo Bill Cody in thanks for their help in contributing local color to his western yarns. Two of the recipients were supposed to be Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, but there is no record of them ever owning such handguns. That didn’t stop Hollywood from equipping Hugh O’Brian with a Buntline Special when he played Wyatt Earp in the TV series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp”. The Buntline Special was never made by Colt as a standard model, but they did make short runs of 2nd and 3rd Generation “Buntline Specials” as well as a “New Frontier Buntline Special” with adjustable sights. This is a Colt New Frontier Buntline made in 1984. The revolver is in about Fine condition with 95% of its finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. Please see our photos and good luck!