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I decided to make a local Pawnshop run to see if there was a nice birthday present available. I didn't get past the first shop. They had this excellent condition Peacemaker. After some negotiation for a cash price on it and another gun, I brought it home. It's a 1974 mfg according to it's G116... serial number. It's the 4.4 inch barrel with the second .22 mag cylinder. It has both foam box parts and only the one "paper". It also has the outer cardboard but the end flaps are gone and it is badly faded. Checking the Peacemakers on Gunbroker , I only see the 6" barrel models. Is the shorter barrel a little less common ?

The "other gun" was a 1967 Winchester Canadian Centennial 30-30 rifle with the 24" octagonal barrel in 99% condition (no box). My VERY happy birthday price for both was $710 OTD.
 

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There is a table on page 143 of Don Wilkerson's book "The Colt Scouts, Peacemakers and New Frontiers in .22 Caliber" (Walsworth Publishing 1993) which lists the numbers of Peacemaker and New Frontier .22 revolvers produced by barrel length. Summary is as follows:

Peacemaker 22s
4 3/4 inch==7236
4.4 inch==22954
6 inch==45881
7 1/2 inch==14566

New Frontier 22s
4 3/4 inch==4339
4.4 inch==28461
6 inch==49057
7 1/2 inch==18048

Wilkerson further said that the numbers for the 4 3/4 inch guns were approximate as the exact numbers of guns with 4 3/4 inch vs. 4.4 inch were not recorded by Colt.
These models can be further broken down into guns shipped with only .22 LR cylinders and guns shipped with both .22 LR and .22 Magnum cylinders. There are several models that had production numbers less than 2000. They were the single cylinder PM22 with 7 1/2 inch barrel, the NF22 with 4 3/4 inch barrel, the NF22 with 4.4 inch barrel and the NF22 with 7 1/2 inch barrel. The lowest production gun was the single cylinder 7 1/2 inch New Frontier. It is interesting to note that the most "desirable" gun in this group, based on today's prices, is the 4 3/4 inch PM22, but it was not even close to the least produced. Total production for the 4 3/4 inch PM22 was over 7000. Hardly a rare gun.
(The above data do not include the L numbered PM22 and NF22 revolvers. Production numbers for these guns are shown on page 145 of Wilkerson's book. Total production for these guns in all barrel lengths was about 24,000. The PM22 with 7 1/2 inch barrel was the least produced with only 1195 guns. All known L numbered guns were dual cylinder.)

- -Buckspen
 

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Thank you for making the effort to post this. That is great information.
 
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