SOLD FOR: $2526
Model: New Frontier Single Action Army
Serial Number: 4457NF
Year of Manufacture: 1963 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 Colt
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. .45”. 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, “4457NF”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked with a rampant colt logo, the front is marked “457”. The left side of each portion of the grip frame, under the grip, is marked with “4457NF”. The inside of each grip panel has “457” hand-written in white. The left of the trigger guard has “VP” in triangle and “V”, the right is marked “P”.
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 silver-colored Rampant Colt medallions. The grips have only a few scattered minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent 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 98% of its metal finish. The finish is quite strong throughout. The frame has a couple of small scratches on the left flat and a couple of tiny spots of faint oxidation on the topstrap. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks.The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder locks with very little play on each of its 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 two-piece cardboard Colt box with model-matching label, two-piece cardboard tray, cleaning rod, serial-matching test target, and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. The box has scattered light storage wear with fraying and tears at edges and corners.
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 is a fairly early example, made in 1963 during the 2nd Generation of SAA production. The revolver is in Excellent condition, retaining 98% of its original metal finish and has a very nice case colored flat-top frame. It comes with a correct box and even a serial-matching test target. Based on the test target, this revolver can shoot! 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!