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American Handgunner July/August Digital Edition - Page 44
Peacemaker Specialists this Colt “royal” new frontier is affiliated with real royalty, and showcases the restoration and artistic talents of peacemaker specialists. Photo: Ron Bez THESIXGUNNER JoHN tAFFIN John tries out the peacemaker specialists royal new frontier. ROyal New FRONTieR PErfEcting PErfEction ddie Janis of Peacemaker Specialist, has long been known for producing exquisitely tuned Colt Single Actions as well as beautiful restorations. Eddie specializes in Peacemakers to the extent he will not work on any other revolvers — no Rugers, no Great Westerns, no USFAs and no replicas. Eddie is a purist in the strictest sense of the word. Eddie’s sixgunning mission is to take over where the manufacturer of Colt Single Actions leaves off, and proceed to perfection. Or to take an early Colt Single Action and complete it or return it to perfection. Pre-War Colts in their original form are beautiful sixguns, however many were used hard over the course of their shooting life. Again this is where Peacemaker Specialists comes onstage. The early 2nd Generation Colts were also fine sixguns, but lacked perfection, often being found with oversize chambers, and as machinery began to wear the later sixguns slipped in quality. Many 3rd Generation revolvers also need help, the kind of help Eddie Janis can supply. E and best looking Single Action Colt has ever produced. It is perfection in a Single Action. However, Peacemaker the time-honored Colt Specialist specializes in elliason rear sight Perfecting Perfection. was installed . Before we delve into the work performed and the performance, a little background is neces. as well as ivory sary. Eddie calls this grips, stunning rust-bluing, a Royal New Frontier color case-hardening and custom because of the customer “early Colt” modifications were done it is destined to go to. to enhance this classic Colt. Photo: Ron Bez This gentleman who will soon receive his New Frontier, was gracious enough to allow me to test fire it first. The Royal designation comes from the fact he is descended from royalty. The basic sixgun is a 3rd Generation 71/2" New Frontier originally chambered in .44 Special and dating back to 1981. Starting on the inside, the action saw virtually all friction between parts removed and where necessary, the refitting or replacing of any internal action parts out of spec. Next came hand timing and adjusting of the action for optimal performance and reliability. To aid this, Peacemaker Specialists custom Gunfighter leaf springs were installed, which are royalty in america: a genuine Colt. guaranteed for life. This, along with setting the trigger to client specs and removing all trigger creep, is included in Peacemaker Specialists’ Gunslinger Deluxe Action Job. With this refinement, Peacemaker Specialists guarantees a Colt will never break, never wear out and never malfunction — or it’s fixed free of charge. comes standard on current production New Frontiers. The Eliason sight improves the rear sight picture by displaying a flat rear blade. To make it even more user-friendly, the corners are radiused, and the blade is serrated to match the serrations on the ramp front sight. Continued on page 101 his brings us to the single action T sixgun at hand. I consider the Colt New Frontier to be the finest Pre-War Looks only factory black hills 210-gr. .44 special loads were used in John’s “loaner” royal Colt, delivering 13/8" groups at 20 yards. 44 T o enhance accuracy the forcing cone is re-cut to 11 degrees to help accuracy. To optimize the shoot-ability of this Colt, the standard rear sight was replaced with the time-honored Elliason adjustable rear sight which, by the way, now WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2012