Always Handle Your Revolver As If It Were Loaded So That You Never Fire It Accidentally When You Think It Is Unloaded

2. NEVER POINT YOUR REVOLVER AT ANYTHING YOU DO NOT INTEND TO SHOOT SO THAT IF IT FIRES ACCIDENTALLY, INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY WILL BE PREVENTED.

3. NEVER TAKE ANYONE'S WORD THAT A GUN IS UNLOADED; CHECK FOR YOURSELF WITH FINGERS OFF THE TRIGGER AND GUN POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION, SO THAT YOU NEVER FIRE THE GUN ACCIDENTALLY WHEN YOU THINK IT IS UNLOADED.

4. ALWAYS KEEP AND CARRY YOUR REVOLVER EMPTY, WITH THE HAMMER IN THE SAFETY POSITION AND THE SAFETY BOLT APPLIED, EXCEPT WHEN YOU INTEND TO SHOOT, SO THAT YOUR REVOLVER CANNOT BE FIRED WHEN YOU DO NOT MEAN TO FIRE IT.

5. NEVER LEAVE REVOLVER COCKED READY TO FIRE AS THIS CONDITION IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, AND REVOLVER COULD EASILY BE ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED CAUSING INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

6. NEVER LEAVE A LOADED REVOLVER UNATTENDED. SOMEONE, ESPECIALLY A CHILD, MAY FIRE IT AND CAUSE INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

7. ALWAYS INSTRUCT CHILDREN TO RESPECT FIREARMS. IF YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO SHOOT, TEACH THEM TO TREAT AND USE THE REVOLVER PROPERLY, AND ALWAYS SUPERVISE THEM CLOSELY. ALWAYS STRESS SAFETY SO THAT YOUR CHILDREN WILL NOT FIRE THE REVOLVER WHEN IT IS UNSAFE TO DO SO.

RANGE CAUTIONS

8. ALWAYS BE SURE YOUR BACKSTOP IS ADEQUATE TO STOP AND CONTAIN BULLETS BEFORE BEGINNING TARGET PRACTICE SO THAT YOU DO NOT HIT ANYTHING OUTSIDE THE RANGE SHOOTING AREA.

9. ALWAYS PUT A KNOWLEDGEABLE AND RESPONSIBLE PERSON IN CHARGE TO MAINTAIN SAFETY CONTROL WHEN A GROUP IS FIRING ON A RANGE. OBEY HIS COMMANDS SO THAT DISCIPLINE IS MAINTAINED TO REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF ACCIDENTS.

10. ALWAYS CARRY YOUR REVOLVER EMPTY WITH THE LOADING GATE OPEN WHILE ON A RANGE UNTIL PREPARING TO FIRE. KEEP IT POINTING TOWARDS THE BACKSTOP WHEN LOADING, FIRING AND UNLOADING, TO ELIMINATE THE RISK OF INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

LOADING CAUTIONS

11. ALWAYS BE SURE BARREL BORE AND CYLINDER CHAMBERS ARE CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS. CLEAN A FOULED REVOLVER IMMEDIATELY SO THAT IT WILL FUNCTION CORRECTLY AND SAFELY.

12. ALWAYS USE ONLY CLEAN, DRY, ORIGINAL HIGH QUALITY COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED AMMUNITION IN GOOD CONDITION WHICH iS APPROPRIATE TO THE CALIBER OF YOUR REVOLVER. (SEE INSIDE FRONT COVER.) GUN AND AMMUNITION MANUFACTURERS DESIGN THEIR PRODUCTS WITHIN EXACTING ENGINEERING SAFETY LIMITS. HANDLOADS ARE SOMETIMES OUTSIDE THOSE LIMITS AND CAN BE SO UNSAFE AS TO BLOW UP THE CYLINDER AND FRAME AND CAUSE INJURY, DEATH OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

SHOOTING CAUTIONS

13. NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE DRUGS BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING, AS YOUR VISION AND JUDGEMENT COULD BE SERIOUSLY IMPAIRED MAKING YOUR GUN HANDLING UNSAFE.

14. ALWAYS SEEK A DOCTOR'S ADVICE IF YOU ARE TAKING MEDICATION, TO BE SURE YOU ARE FIT TO SHOOT AND HANDLE YOUR REVOLVER SAFELY.

15. ALWAYS WEAR AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO WEAR EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING, ESPE-

CIALLY ON A RANGE. WITHOUT EAR PROTECTION, THE NOISE FROM YOUR REVOLVER AND OTHER GUNS CLOSE TO YOU COULD LEAVE A "RINGING" IN THE EARS FOR SOME TIME AFTER FIRING, WHILE THE CUMULATIVE LONG TERM EFFECT COULD BE PERMANENT HEARING LOSS.

16. ALWAYS WEAR AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO WEAR PROTECTIVE SHOOTING GLASSES. FLYING PARTICLES COULD DAMAGE EYES AND CAUSE BLINDNESS; BUT PROTECTIVE SHOOTING GLASSES SHOULD PREVENT SUCH INJURY.

17. ALWAYS KEEP AN EMPTY CHAMBER IN FRONT OF HAMMER WITH HAMMER IN SAFETY POSITION AND THE SAFETY BOLT APPLIED WHEN REVOLVER IS LOADED UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE. THIS WILL MINIMIZE RISK OF AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE.

18. ALWAYS HOLD REVOLVER BY THE GRIP AND KEEP BOTH HANDS WELL CLEAR OF, AND BEHIND THE CYLINDER. NEVER HOLD IT NEAR THE CYLINDER AS VERY HOT GAS AND LEAD PARTICLES MAY BE SPRAYED OUT AROUND THE CYLINDER ... THÈSE WOULD INJURE YOUR HANDS.

19. NEVER SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER OR PUT YOUR FINGER IN THE TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL YOU ARE AIMING AT A TARGET AND READY TO SHOOT. THIS WILL PREVENT YOU FIRING THE REVOLVER WHEN IT IS POINTING IN AN UNSAFE DIRECTION.

20. ALWAYS BE ABSOLUTELY SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND THE AREA BEHIND IT BEFORE YOU SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. A BULLET COULD TRAVEL THROUGH OR PAST YOUR TARGET UP TO 1</2 MILES ... IF IN DOUBT, DON'T SHOOT.

21. NEVER SHOOT AT A HARD SURFACE SUCH AS ROCK, OR A LIQUID SURFACE SUCH AS WATER. A BULLET MAY RICOCHET AND TRAVEL IN ANY DIRECTION TO STRIKE YOU, ANOTHER PERSON OR AN OBJECT YOU CANNOT SEE, CAUSING INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

22. NEVER FIRE YOUR REVOLVER NEAR AN ANIMAL UNLESS IT IS TRAINED TO ACCEPT THE NOISE; AN ANIMAL'S STARTLED REACTION COULD INJURE IT OR CAUSE AN ACCIDENT.

23. NEVER INDULGE IN "HORSEPLAY" WHILE HOLDING YOUR REVOLVER AS IT MAY BE ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED.

24. NEVER WALK, CLIMB OR FOLLOW A COMPANION WITH YOUR REVOLVER COCKED READY TO FIRE, OUT OF ITS HOLSTER, OR WITH THE HAMMER IN ANY POSITION OTHER THAN IN "SAFETY" WITH AN EMPTY CHAMBER IN FRONT OF THE HAMMER. THE SAFETY BOLT MUST ALSO BE APPLIED TO MINIMIZE RISK OF AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE. WHEN HUNTING, HOLD YOUR REVOLVER SO THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF THE MUZZLE.

MALFUNCTION CAUTIONS

25. FAILURE TO FIRE: ALWAYS HOLD REVOLVER, KEEPING IT POINTED TOWARDS THE TARGET OR A SAFE OPEN AREA AND WAIT 30 SECONDS WHEN REVOLVER FAILS TO FIRE. IF A HANGFIRE (slow ignition) HAS OCCURRED, ROUND WILL FIRE WITHIN 30 SECONDS. IF ROUND DOES NOT FIRE, EJECT ROUND AND EXAMINE PRIMER IN BASE OF MISFIRED ROUND. IF FIRING PIN INDENT ON PRIMER IS LIGHT, MISALIGNED OR NON-EXISTENT, HAVE REVOLVER EXAMINED BY A COMPETENT GUNSMITH. IF FIRING PIN INDENT ON PRIMER APPEARS NORMAL (in comparison with similar previously fired rounds) ASSUME FAULTY AMMUNITION; SEGREGATE MISFIRED ROUND FROM OTHER LIVE AMMUNITION AND EMPTY CASES, RELOAD AND CARRY ON FIRING.

Note: Dispose of misfired rounds in accordance with ammunition manufacturer's instructions.

26. NEVER USE YOUR REVOLVER IF IT FAILS TO FUNCTION PROPERLY, AND NEVER FORCE A JAMMED ACTION, AS A ROUND MAY EXPLODE CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY, POSSIBLE DEATH, OR SEVERE DAMAGE TO YOUR REVOLVER.

CLEANING AND STORAGE CAUTIONS

27. ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR REVOLVER IS NOT LOADED BEFORE CLEANING, STORING, TRAVELING, LAYING IT DOWN, OR HANDING IT TO ANOTHER PERSON, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE FIRED WHEN IT IS UNSAFE TO DO SO.

28. ALWAYS STORE YOUR REVOLVER AND AMMUNITION IN SEPARATE LOCKED RECEPTACLES OUT OF REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN, TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF REVOLVER AND AMMUNITION BEING EASILY AVAILABLE FOR LOADING AND FIRING.

GUN ABUSE CAUTION

29. NEVER "FAN" YOUR REVOLVER. YOU COULD BREAK THE FIRING MECHANISM AND MAKE REVOLVER UNSAFE. YOUR ACCURACY WILL BE REDUCED AND YOU MAY HIT SOMETHING OTHER THAN TARGET AIMED AT. ALTERING THE SINGLE ACTION MECHANISM FOR FANNING WOULD ALSO MAKE THE REVOLVER UNSAFE; DO NOT MAKE OR ATTEMPT TO MAKE THIS ALTERATION.

IMPORTANT: Do not diy fire your Coit New Frontier Revolver as repeated dry firing could damage the firing pin. (Dry firing is snapping the hammer on an empty chamber.) Note: Please note that we have chosen to use the word "SQUEEZE" in this instruction manual instead of "PULL" or "PRESS" when trigger movement is described; this is simply to remind you of the need for a gentle squeezing action to achieve accuracy.

SAFETY FEATURES

There are three distinct hammer positions on a Colt New Frontier revolver; two, which are described below, are safety features, while the third, which will be described later, is the COCKED position for firing. A safety bolt is aiso installed in the frame to add a further element of safety.

HAMMER SAFETY POSITION—With the hammer in the Safety position the sear end oi the trigger engages the first notch (safety notch) of the hammer to hold the hammer away from the firing pin. See Figure 2. Once in this position, the trigger cannot be moved unless enough force is applied to break it or the notch. (Note: Normal trigger pull is 5 lbs maximum while excessive force is 35 lbs. or more.)

FIGURE 2-SAFETY POSITION

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FIGURE 2-SAFETY POSITION

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CAUTION: ALWAYS CARRY YOUR SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER IN THIS "SAFETY" POSITION WITH AN EMPTY CHAMBER IN FRONT OF THE HAMMER AND THE SAFETY BOLT APPLIED.

To put the hammer in the safety position, place your thumb firmly on the hammer spur, {DO NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER) and draw the hammer back about a quarter inch. When you hear a "click", gently ease hammer slightly forward, allowing safety notch to engage and hold hammer in safety position.

CAUTION: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENGAGE SAFETY NOTCH DIRECTLY FROM HALF COCK OR COCKED POSITIONS UNLESS YOU RELEASE THE TRIGGER COMPLETELY BEFORE THE HAMMER REACHES THE SAFETY POSITION, AS THE SAFETY NOTCH MAY NOT BE ENGAGED CORRECTLY.

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SAFETY AND HALF COCK POSITIONS —EXTERNAL

■■ SAFETY POSITION HALF COCK POSITION

■■ SAFETY POSITION HALF COCK POSITION

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HALF-COCK (OR LOADING) POSITION—With the hammer in the Half-Cock position the sear end of the trigger engages the haif cock notch and the cylinder is free to rotate for loading, unloading, inspection and further maintenance. See Figure 4. Once in this position the trigger cannot be moved unless enough force is applied to break it or the notch.

CAUTION: NEVER CARRY YOUR REVOLVER IN THE HALF-COCK POSITION AS ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE MAY BE POSSIBLE IF REVOLVER IS SUBSEQUENTLY DROPPED, MISHANDLED OR MISTREATED.

To place the hammer in Half-Cock position (DO NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER) put thumb firmly on the hammer spur and draw hammer back about three quarters inch from Safety position. When you hear a "click" gently ease hammer slightly forward allowing Half-Cock notch to be engaged to hold hammer in Half-Cock position.

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HALF-COCK POSITION

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HALF-COCK POSITION

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IMPORTANT: If you draw the hammer too far back another "c!ick" will be heard. This "click" is caused by the boit engaging the cylinder which will not be free to rotate when hammer is lowered into Half-Cock position. If you find cylinder locked DO NOT FORCE IT. Simply return the hammer to the Safety position and draw it back again into the Half-Cock position as described in this manual.

The Safety and Half-Cock positions also serve to arrest the forward movement of the hammer and prevent a round being fired should your thumb accidentally slip from the hammer spur. This safety feature is effective provided YOU DO NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER.

IMPORTANT: The Safety and Half-Cock notches in the mechanism are designed to prevent the trigger from being pulled, so DO NOT FORCE TRIGGER WITH HAMMER IN "SAFETY" OR "HALF-COCK" POSITIONS. The mechanism could be damaged by such action, rendering the revolver unsafe.

When you no longer want the hammer at Half-Cock, place thumb firmly on hammer spur and draw hammer back slightly to disengage Half-Cock notch. Insure that empty chamber remains in front of hammer and safety bolt is applied. Squeeze trigger only long enough to allow hammer to move forward and clear Half-Cock notch, then release trigger completely so that Safety notch can be properly engaged, and lower hammer, controlling its movement with your thumb, into the Safety position. Practice this action with an empty revolver to assure proper feel.

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Colt Frontier Mechanism

IMPORTANT: If you suspect excessive force has been applied to the trigger (35 lbs. or more applied on a plane parallel to the barrel) or if revolver has been dropped or has otherwise received a sharp blow which may also damage or break the notches—have the revolver inspected for safe functioning by a competent gunsmith.

SAFETY BOLT—A manually operated safety bolt is located in the frame of the New Frontier revolver. You apply the safety bolt by opening the loading gate and pushing the safety bolt into the frame. See Figure 6. When you apply the safety bolt by pushing it into the frame, it becomes a barrier between the hammer and firing pin to prevent the hammer from striking the firing pin. To be protected by this additional safety feature when handling and carrying the revolver, you must apply the safety bolt with the hammer in the safety position. You might feel some resistance when applying the safety bolt with the hammer in the safety position. This is normal and can be avoided by pulling the hammer back just enough for you to push the safety bolt easily into the frame. The safety bolt must also be applied before the revolver can be loaded and unloaded.

The safety bolt cannot be applied when the hammer is fully cocked.

When the hammer is brought to full cock for firing, the safety bolt is automatically cammed out of engagement. The revolver will now fire when the trigger is pulled.

The safety bolt does not automatically reengage, you must apply it manually.

After firing always apply the safety bolt by pushing it into the frame. Whenever the hammer is lowered out of the cocked position, re-apply the safety bolt. THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU COCK THE HAMMER READY TO FIRE, THEN CHOOSE NOT TO SHOOT.

Colt Frontier

FIGURE 6-SAFETY BOLT

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FIGURE 6-SAFETY BOLT

SECTION 4 FUNCTION

Your Colt New Frontier is a single action revolver which will be ready to fire when chambers in the cylinder are loaded with ammunition (see loading instructions), and hammer has been drawn all the way back past Safety and Half-Cock positions to Cocked position. The action of "cocking" cams the safety bolt out of engagement, lowers cylinder locking bolt, rotates cylinder to carry a round of ammunition into alignment with barrel and hammer, raises cylinder locking bolt to lock cylinder and holds hammer under spring tension. When trigger is squeezed, hammer falls forward, strikes firing pin which passes through the firing pin hole to strike the primer in the base of the cartridge. The energy imparted to the primer ignites it, this in turn ignites the main charge which, in burning, rapidly generates extremely high gas pressure to drive the bullet down the barrel. Rifling grooves in the barrel impart stabilizing spin to the bullet so that it will follow a more accurate path to the target.

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  • eric
    Why you should never fire your revolver single actioin?
    8 years ago

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