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    Frontier Scout

    I work at a gun/pawn shop, and this 1964 Frontier Scout came off of pawn. I can probably get it cheap. The finish is coming off, but appears to be mechanically sound. What’s it worth, and would refinishing be heresy, or just use it as a shooter. I realize there’s no collector value.

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    It definitely is not a collector's item with the loss of finish, but it should be a good shooter if you can get it below $400. I think these aluminum receivers were anodized, but I have seen some where owners have simply spray-painted them with black enamel. That might be a cosmetic fix for this one.
    The other cosmetic fix would be to simply strip off all of the black finish on the receiver of the gun and leave it natural. Colt made some Frontier Scout's that were in that configuration.
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    Agree with the above. The cost of re-anodizing it would be excessive and put you upside down in the gun big time. If all you want is a shooter...buy it and enjoy it as-is. If you want something better then find one in better cosmetic condition...that would certainly cost less than the cost of that revolver plus the cost of re-anodizing it.
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    They were not anodized but more like some type of paint or a coating. You can see it chipping off. This type of gun is best left alone. It is not a quality gun to start with and the diminished condition means it will not increase in value. If you buy smart you can always sell or trade up in a good way. It's value as a shooter is so-so as Ruger Single Six would be a much better gun. I read somewhere some very good advice, always buy the very best you can afford. If you treat your guns as a combination of investment and a source of fun you will increase both.
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    That gun is what Colt .22 SA collectors call a "'62 Scout" or a "P number Scout" (letter P in serial number). These guns had a heavy Zamak alloy frame (zinc alloy) and were coated somehow (painted maybe?) with a glossy black finish. Do not try to "anodize" this gun! The process will actually "eat" the metal and will destroy the frame. There was some discussion a few years back about refinishing these with something called "Dura-Cote", I think. And it seemed to work fairly well. I have not tried it myself.
    The gun would make a decent shooter if one didn't care about the finish. If it fell into my hands, I would sell the Staglite grips off the gun and buy a set of Frontier Scout black plastic or wood stocks for it. The Staglite stocks look they are in pretty good condition and could be worth as much at $100 or maybe more to the right person.
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    Regardless of cost effectiveness, would the Zamak benefit from Cerakote or would that not be advisable on the frame?
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    These revolvers are very nice shooters. I have several Frontier Scouts and a Ruger Single Six. I like shooting the Scouts more than the Single Six, I think because I like the lighter feel. I have a ‘62 Scout with wear on the frame finish and it gets shot a lot. As Mr. Buckspen noted, those Staglite grips can bring a nice price in good condition. The black grips that were standard to the Q/F Series Scouts are nice, as are the wood stocks Colt made for them. I’ve had all three types on my ‘62 Scout, but the Staglites fill my hand the best, so that’s what stays on mine.

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    They are really nice shooter with smooth action, cosmetic wears would reduce the price for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeHucks View Post
    I work at a gun/pawn shop, and this 1964 Frontier Scout came off of pawn. I can probably get it cheap. The finish is coming off, but appears to be mechanically sound. What’s it worth, and would refinishing be heresy, or just use it as a shooter. I realize there’s no collector value.

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    I have two made in the late 1950s. I think it's cool that they were made in the height of America's love affair with the TV western. I envision someone shooting them pretending they were Bart Maverick, Matt Dillon, Cheyenne, Bat Masterson, or Wyatt Earp as portrayed on the black and white TV screen each week. I read somewhere that during that time frame over 150 TV western series came and went.


 
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