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GUNS Magazine March 2012 Digital Edition - Page 44
PHOTO: JOSEPH R. NOVELOZO The Best Of I The first two “new” New Frontiers from Colt are the 7-1/2" .45 Colt and 5-1/2" .44 Special. The .357 Magnum will also be offered, and all three calibers will be available in all three standard barrel lengths. John Taffin n late 1961, Colt introduced its New Frontier model in honor of President John F. Kennedy’s ringing declaration, “We stand at the edge of a new frontier…” To further honor the new young president, Colt went to work on a special engraved presentation Model New Frontier to present to JFK, however the dark days of November 1963 occurred before the Colt was finished, and it was never presented. The original Colt Single Action Army was produced from 1873 to 1940 with the traditional hog-wallow fixed rear sight matched up with a blade front sight. In the 1890s, a very few Target Models, both in the Single Action and Bisley Model configurations, were offered with a flat-topped frame and crudely adjustable sights. To come up with the New Frontier, Colt started with their standard Single Action Army, which was now in its 2nd Generation phase (production had resumed in 1955). They generously flat-topped the frame, fitted it with a fully adjustable rear sight matched up with a ramp-style front sight, and the New Frontier was born. The finish on these Colts, which I consider the most beautiful single actions ever factory produced, consisted of a case-hardened frame as only Shooting the Colt New Frontier is just like shooting the well-balanced SAA, with the exception of being able to easily dial in the sights for accuracy. 44 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • M A R C H 2 0 1 2