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Seeing as how ammo is getting so expensive and that I don't own a nickle revolver of any kind I thought I would get a Colt Frontier .22 in nickle for everyday shooting. Bought this set of consecutive "K" models on GB. They are in perfect near as I can tell in unshot condition- not a blemish. Now I'm faced with the decision to shoot or not. Do these have any great collector potential for not shooting them or should I go ahead and fire away. BTW, payed $1200 which I think is fairly good price- what do you think? THANKS Firearm Gun Revolver Trigger Gun accessory
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Without the accoutrements they are As New Frontier Scouts and worth about what you paid at $550-600 per gun. Shoot em, they are fun little SAAs. Properly cleaned and handled they will hold up for this lifetime and give you many years of plinking pleasure.
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Well taken care of and cleaned properly what is it going to depreciate them? Next to nothing.

Take those babies out and enjoy the heck out of them!
I can certainly see your dilemma; those Scouts are beautiful! I have to agree with previous posters, I'd shoot, at least, one of them!
OK. That's what I'm going to do.
Congratulations! $1200 is an excellent price for a pair of consecutively numbered nickel Scouts. What are the serial numbers? What are the calibers? Are they both .22 LR, both .22 Magnum or one of each? (I collect these guns and have several sets like yours.)

I respectfully disagree with the previous posters. If they are indeed unfired and in 100% condition, they are already worth more than you paid for them in the right market. And the value will go up. Why shoot unblemished guns when there are so many available that have already been fired? A little more shooting won't hurt the value of such a gun, but shooting this consecutive pair will definitely decrease their desirability and price.

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I have the same dilemma as I bought this 1976 Colt New Frontier convertible with both cylinders, box and accouterments which include a Colt screwdriver.
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BigG - That is a New Frontier .22 not a Frontier Scout. Scout production ceased in 1969-1970 and the Peacemaker .22 and New Frontier .22 revolvers were made from 1970 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1986 (with the addition of the cross bolt safety, NF 22 only). Very nice gun, though.

In my personal opinion, any Colt (or any gun of high quality) which is in 100% unfired condition should not be fired. To do so is to significantly decrease the value. Just look at the values of the second generation Single Action Armys and all the different "snake" guns in mint condition. There are plenty of similar guns in fired condition for much less money.

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I have been a Forum member for only a few months, but this type of question keeps coming up: should one shoot a very collectible gun or keep it in unfired condition.
From reading the many responses from other thread that ask this same question, the members who regularly comment should come up with some standard answer. I think the answer is "Make up your own mind since the owner is the only one who really knows why he/she bought the gun(s)."
Right, Buckspen, that is a New Frontier 22. I can't imagine how I typed Frontier Scout. :bang_wall:That is a 1976 model, per serial no.
Someone once pointed out that there are only so many NIB old Colts out there, and they should be left unfired for those collectors who are looking for NIB guns. I think there is a great deal of sense in that. When you find an old Colt in new condition in its box, with its paperwork, cleaning brush and test target, it's a small time capsule.
I'm in agreement with saintclair... Sort of... In that the owner should make his own mind up...not to shoot it. Don't even take two brand spanking new 1970's colts ( or 50-60's Scouts) ...especially with the complete package, and shoot them. That's why they call it "spanking new". If you ruin the "new" part then you might deserve the "spanking" part.
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what would you say: I am not in disagreement with you at all. My advice (which I follow) is "Don't take a NIB or ANIB collector's gun out and shoot it if you want to preserve its value." However, if you bought it to shoot it, go ahead. Its your decision! Maybe the best advice I can give is "Think about what you are going to do a little while before doing it."
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I posted the following on another forum years ago;

I was brought up on an adage of "You don't have to abuse it to use it." My family had a basement gun dealership for many years. Over that time, we were moderately poor but many quality and rare items passed through our hands.

We couldn't afford to keep them for long as Mom was a banker and bouncing checks was verboten. We couldn't afford the depreciation firing the inventory would take on the bottom line.

When Dad let the license go many years ago, we kept a few of the finest pieces he had accumulated through the years. Of the majority of the remaining collection, 80-90%, remain unfired. When you have multiples of a caliber or model, why fire either NIB 5 screw .22 S&W's as an example, when you have many others that were shooters?

Toward the end, I used to kid Dad that over his grave I was going to give him a 21 (one shot from each) gun salute from his most cherished unfired Colt SA's, S&W's, Brownings and Winchesters just to hear him spin in the casket.

One time I snuck a new Belgium Browning Auto 5 20 guage out to go pheasant hunting. I carried it inside my jacket to protect it from the briars. Walking back to the truck, one young rooster jumped up and one shot brought him down.

Back at the house I detail cleaned the A5 and returned it to the back of the safe. Dad didn't make it 2 feet into the house before the questions started as to which gun I had shot (Hoppe's sweet scent gave me away). I kept the secret for 30 years before finally coming clean.

To this day that gun still sits in the back of the safe and has been fired but that one time. After coming clean and ribbing Dad about the salute, he made a point of stopping on the hi-way above the range every now and then, shooting just one round into the back stop and taking great pride in scratching that unfired gun off the list.

I have respected the firearms passed from father to son for generations in our family. I do know this, there will be quite a few more unfired guns scratched off the list for my son and daughter to send me off with.

The new adage has been adjusted to reflect, "Life is too short not to enjoy the best things in life, even if only once."
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Hey BigG, I can fix your dilemma.
Sell me the New Frontier and I will run to the range and test fire it.
Then I would shoot the heck out of it!!!!

I have bought some fine guns, many collectable, and/or, new in box.
Some I bought to collect, and would never fire them.
Others I bought to shoot, and I did.
I bought a Winchester that was engraved, gold inlayed, and high grade wood.
It was priced at half it's value.
I went straight to the range and fired a box of ammo through it.
Now I have a used gun, that is still collectable, and is still worth
more than I paid for it. I don't have to be afraid to shoot it.
I get to enjoy it.
It doesn't get any better than that!!!!

I do the same with any Colt.
For what it is worth.........over the last 5 years, I have sold EVERY
gun that was too valuable, or to bad of shape to be shot.
I am not rich. It does not make lot of sense for me to have guns
siting around that I can't enjoy at the range or in the field.

That's my 2 cents worth of wisdom.
Good Shootin!!
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