My Colt New Frontier in 45 Colt has a canted front sight. It is canted visibly to the left and the blade is not bent. It is a 2nd generation with a four digit serial number. Since the barrel was slightly over tightened, yet the ejector tube is spaced perfectly at the rear, but has a slight gradual upward slope when moving toward the front of barrel, I would say this barrel should never should of been put on a gun. Backing off the barrel threads slightly would perfectly correct the front sight cant, but then the rear of the non-parallel ejector housing would be off in relation to the frame. Obviously whoever attached the ejector tube to the barrel, their eyes are off a little bit and whoever attached the front sight their eyes are off a little bit also. I know it is not my eyes, because I purchased a new Ruger Blackhawk, also 45 Colt, same barrel length at the same time, that I picked up this New Frontier FFL transfer. An extreme scrutiny of the Ruger shows no flaws at all, the sites are perfectly straight and centered and the ejector tube is perfectly parallel to the barrel. I see no solution other than a new Barrel from Colt and this gun is new in box never fired bought from an FFL, so would it be considered warranty work even though it's a 1974 but I am the first owner other than a dealer? Rethreading the existing barrel to come tight earlier would set the ejector tube off at the rear where it corrently matches the frame perfectly. Also can anyone give me any idea of turnaround time from Colt? Do you think Colt would get it back to me before I die or should I just try to sell it and sing the praises of Ruger. I am old, 65, but not an old sage when it comes to Colt SA revolvers. Any advice,info,etc would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
That would be the first all-blue New Frontier I've ever seen.
The frames were always color-casehardened, and the grips were walnut on those I saw and handled - personally, I'd seriously doubt the 'NIB, unfired', part of it...
It's not going to be a Warranty job - 1974 was a long time ago.
To me, the blade looks bent in the pic?
I've never seen a Colt with a white outline Accro rear sight and a front sight without a red or orange front sight insert. Add that to the all blue rather than case hardened frame and something doesn't add up.
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There should be no issue with having a qualified SAA smith turn the bbl the very tiny bit to the right to bring the front sight perfectly upright. It won't affect the fit of the ejector housing to any extent that you would notice, nor affect the security of the bbl to the frame. It's not uncommon to have to tweak the bbl of an SAA slightly one way or the other to adjust POI. Certainly does not rise to the level of warranty work in my opinion.
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That NF looks like a 3rd gen full blue to me. Whats the serial number? If there is a zero at the start of the serial number thats part of it.
The canted front sight was a common problem with the GS serial New Frontier .22 revolvers made in the mid-1980's. I have a couple like that. As is well known in the collector community, that was not a time of tight quality control at Colt.
It is definitely a 2nd generation 1974 model with a four digit serial number ending in NF. That has been verified by the man at Colt archives. It came from the factory all blue it was a special order that someone never picked up. it is perfect in every regard except for the slightly canted to the left front sight. It only takes three clicks from dead center on the rear sight windage to bring it spot on. I have been told this as well within tolerance. It was produced in 1974, was released by Colt in 1998 and purchased by a dealer in 2007, where it's been at until 2018 when I purchased it brand new never fired no lines on the cylinder no scratches. It shot dead on at 15 yards. Yes you have always seen only
case color frames ,because the all royal blue Colt is very rare. Mechanically it feels fabulously solid when you cock it 4 clicks then drop the hammer no creep in the trigger, it breaks clean. The stupid Colt manual says if I ever fire it it will drop the value drastically. Oh well I'm glad I tried it out. I would rather know what it does then sell it or die never having found out. Thanks for everyone's help.
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