An 1887 vintage Colt Frontier six-shooter still kicking (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
Hickok45 reaches out for a .44 that has well over a hundred years of use on it but is just getting broken in.
A variation of Colt’s 1873 “Model P” type Single Action Army, the Frontier was chambered in .44-40 Winchester rather than the SAA’s traditional .45. With production cranking up after 1877, these guns were popular in the Old West as they shared the same round as many lever-action carbines such as Winchester’s 73 and 92 and Marlin’s 1894, which was convenient.
From the ancient grips to the long barrel and hard-earned patina, the black powder wheel gun in Hickok’s hands is a great revolver, which he contrasts with a more modern New Frontier built for modern cartridges.
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