But in all likelihood, the fate of the Colt Scout revolvers would be the same today; more people claim to like them than would actually pay what would almost certainly be an extremely high retail price to buy a new one from Colt.
The photo shows the right side of the Colt Frontier Scout 22 mag, which bears no identification marks other than "VP" inside a triangle, stamped on the right side of the top front of the trigger guard.
The finish on this side of the frame is noticeably worse than that on the left.
When I gained possession of this gun, the grips were warped and cracked, and the black paint finish was blistering and peeling off of the alloy parts. That was more than twenty years ago now, and I wish I'd taken some photos of it before I went to work. Alas, I did not.
I stripped the factory finish from the alloy parts using a chemical paint remover kindly provided by my future father-in-law, and after thoroughly cleaning and polishing the parts I blacked them with Birchwood-Casey Aluminum Black. Considering my experiences with that product, this is probably the best finish I have seen it produce, and certainly the longest-lasting.
Earlier Scouts were made with another type of alloy, on which I have found that Birchwood-Casey Aluminum Black has no effect.
With each passing year, a few more little speckles appear on the alloy parts, and the finish on them has worn through in a number of places. But I have toted it in a holster for many miles in the woods, and I have no complaints.