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No matter the price, they are fine example of Hartford manufacturing, a genuine case-colored Colt, and will last a lifetime.I sure like my New Frontier .22 and my Peacemaker Buntline .22. Unfortunately I bought them a few decades after they had been discontinued and paid prices that exceeded the inflation of the original retail prices by a very good margin.
I like my Ruger single action .22's too, but the Colt's will outshoot them and there is no comparison for their aesthetics.
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The regular NF with the blade sight is one I would really enjoy owning."The Duke" John Wayne special edition New Frontier .22 was produced by Colt in 1983 (see photos above). It had special barrel markings and some nickel plated small parts in addition to the high blade front sight and was shipped with a special plaque and display case. Serial numbers were in the same range as the regular production guns and they had cross-bolt safeties like the rest of the post-1980 GS series revolvers. Don Wilkerson's book "Colt Scouts Peacemakers and New Frontiers in .22 Caliber" (Walsworth Publishing, 1993) discussed these guns and also stated that about 100 to 150 regular production New Frontier .22s were fitted with the barrels with the blade front sight (page 185 in Wilkerson's book). The barrels did not have the special markings of The Duke revolvers. These are fairly rare. Wilkerson estimated that only 100 to 150 such guns were produced.
Wilkerson's book is the only serious reference book dealing with these revolvers. It is still in print and is available from Carol Wilkerson here
- Bruce in Ohio