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Bob Wright

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Been looking for a Colt New Frontier .44 Special, and made a deal last week for a 5 1/2" New Frontier. Had to come to my gunsmith for FFL. It was due in yesterday, so I tried to kill some time waiting. Unfortunately, while killing time I stumbled upon a 7 1/2" .44 Special and accidentally bought it, too. Here they are:



This doubles my .44 Special battery. Below, two Colts, a Ruger Blackhawk, and a Uberti/Cimarron:



I also had my BBQ yesterday.

Bob Wright
 

Hondo44

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Those new Frontiers are gorgeous. The 7 1/2" looks like an early third from the shape of the hammer. The bottom 5 1/2" looks like it might be a 2nd gen. Those are rare in 5 1/2" and not plentiful in any barrel length in 44.
 

BearStopper

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You oughta be ashamed of yourself for buying both of those Colt's! But somehow I doubt that you are. Those are on my want list also. Congrats.
 

brushunter

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Hey Bob ,

Please don't take offense ... just curious ... The last I looked , the new Colts had a hefty price tag. Is the quality there to justify their price on the single actions ? I've read several articles pertaining to the " comeback " of Colt. Actually they were testing and examining Colt 1911s. Both articles stated that Colt had a long ways to go in fit/finish and overall quality to justify the msrp. The msrp on their 1911s is getting close to custom made guns. I'd probably opt for a Les Baur than a Colt for a few hundred more. BUT, there is a stigma about owning a Colt :D , that I understand.

regards , brushunter
 

Bob Wright

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As to price vs. value of a Colt, I'll say this. The Colts I most recently acquired were valued at around $1400. For the 5 1/2" Colt, I traded two guns I valued at $650 each. For one of these I paid $400 ant the other about $225. The second Colt, the 7 1/2", was priced at $900 or so.

They are expensive guns, but worth the price to me. Yes, the are very precisely fitted and finished. The actions are lacking, having very heavy trigger pulls with some creep. I expect they will smooth out with some firing and plan to run a couple thousand rounds through them before considering taking to my gunsmith.

I reckon worth is relative. Those two Colts were worth it to me.

I might add many of my Rugers probably cost as much as the Colts by the time I spent the money to add features I wanted on them that came with the purchase price of the Colts.

Bob Wright
 

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