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    Mishap with a New Frontier.....

    I recently took delivery of another New Frontier, of 1981 vintage. The day I picked it up, I took it to my workshop for a thorough inspection. I ran a patch through the bore, and each chamber, wiped it down and placed it in a zippered gun case.

    Later, preparing to take it to the range the next day, I took it out of its case, cleared it (a healthy precaution that has stood me in good stead over the years) and cycled the action. Then I dry fired it twice. As I cocked the hammer again it looked sort of bare ~ there being no firing pin in its proper place. And, to make matters worse, carpet on the floor.

    Well, I immediately swappped out guns forr the next day and got an order off to Numrich for replacement. The next day I found the errant firing pin, and even later, the rivet. Well, I waited until the new parts came in and dropped the gun off to Keith Warner, my gunsmith, who promised my gun back within a couple of days. (His shop is closed on Mondays).

    I sent an email off to the man from whom I ordered the gun, not for any complaining or reimbursement, but as a matter of general information. This is the second Colt Single Action I have had this happen to, as my custom SAA had this happen a couple of years ago, and it was Keith who replaced that then.

    And now I'm awaiting arrival of a base pin latch assembly from Peacemaker Specialists for yet another New Frontier.

    Single Actions sure can be interesting.

    Bob Wright
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    Bob at least you found that issue before going to the range, loading it up and no bang. That would have been some good head scratcher. I have never had one fall out yet. Some day it may get me too.

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    Bob,
    I would think that NF may have had a full life of "Dry Fire" on empty chambers before you acquired it.

    I would think that "dry fire" w/o anything in the chambers to stop the forward motion of the firing pin would fatigue the rivet after a while.

    I have always used fired brass as a snap cap..........

    Tom
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    Like Tomray, I don't like to dry-fire any of my SAA's.
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    Did you buy this revolver from an auction? Was there a pic of the hammer with a firing pin? I can't help but wonder if it was already missing and not working so rather than figure out what was wrong they gave up and sold it. I have bought more than one gun that didn't work when I test fired it even though the seller stated what a great shooter it was. Obvious lie..
    Glad you where able to get the old girl back to tip top shape again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdave269 View Post
    Did you buy this revolver from an auction? Was there a pic of the hammer with a firing pin? I can't help but wonder if it was already missing and not working so rather than figure out what was wrong they gave up and sold it. I have bought more than one gun that didn't work when I test fired it even though the seller stated what a great shooter it was. Obvious lie..<br>
    Glad you where able to get the old girl back to tip top shape again.
    I was the winning bidder on GunBroker for this gun. And, as I said, I did a thorough inspection the day it came in, and everything was in order. So, no, the sell didn't try to flim flam me.

    Bob Wright
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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    Like Tomray, I don't like to dry-fire any of my SAA's.
    I don't either. I have a couple sets of snap caps for that purpose.
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    I agree. I learned the hard way over 50 years ago, never dry fire a Colt Single Action.


 

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