A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sighted New Agent

Ever wonder what the Colt New Agent would look like with sights? When an owner loved the pistol but didn't get along with the gutter sight, he had Lew Bonitz of Grizzly Custom Guns fill the trench with rolled steel. Next, the slide was cut for low profile Novak sights. Enjoy.

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Anonymous ike said...

I like that. I've thought about doing that with my new agent.

What I don't like is that no matter how much I practice with it I can not get to where I pick it up and bring it to sights properly. I therefore am shooting lower than I want to be.

If the time comes where I need to use this gun to save my life I want it to be second nature.

Xavier, know any places here in LA that you would trust to do that type of work? I am thinking clark but am not sure of the types of things they take on.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Ike, I'm pretty certain Clarks is up to the task. If Jim says they can do it, they can do it.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous greg tag said...

Hmm... let me see.

Colt New Agent with a filled-in trench and good sights....spend a great deal of money and you get... ta-daaaa.....

A Colt Defender.

Hopefully the numbskulls.. err... business geniuses who run Colt will bring back the Defender, and for those of us who want a bit more barrel and sight radius - the Officers Model.

12:49 AM  
Blogger Old NFO said...

NICE! Somebody did some nice work!

wv- nerdbat

4:46 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Greg.......... The Defender is still in production.

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Billy Sparks said...

Is the only difference in this and the Defender is that the Defender is silver and the New Agent is Blued? Xavier, help me out I know you own one of each.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Matt G said...

Those sights bear more semblence to the original Agent concept. The Colt Agent was an alloy-framed, light 6 shot revolver with a very wide and visible front sight that filled the very wide rear sight notch for a super-fast flash sight picture. Colt, for whatever reason, has decided to follow S&W's sacreligious lead in rebranding new autos with the names of successful revolvers, but seems to have missed that some things need to be shared-- at least sights.

But this looks nice.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Lew Bonitz said...

Thanks for the kudos...

The New Agent was sort of a strange request, but with a nice outcome. Tim Cronin actually did the work on the gun, not me.

Thanks again,

Lew Bonitz
Grizzly Custom Guns, LLC

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Wolfwood said...

Maybe I'm just dumb, but why would one make a 1911 designed for concealed carry out of stainless steel? Yes, it looks pretty and ideally will never be seen, but for most of us there's a good chance our shirt will ride up some time. Why is there no blued/park'ed Defender?

10:17 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Very nice job, however I was wondering:
Would it be more cost effective to just get a new slide? Or a slide barrel combination fitted to the frame?
That seems like a lot of work to do on a pistol to retain parts that can be easily swapped out.
A slide swap would not change the resale or collector's value of the gun since it is a Colt.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous greg tag said...

mea culpa - you are absolutely right. I thought they had dropped the Defender as well as the Officers Model.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Bullet said...

that looks nice.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

The Defender is stainless steel and silver finished aluminum, and has conventional sights. It also has a duckbill grip safety.

The New Agent is blued steel and black anodized aluminum. It has a gutter sight, Hi Power style cuts on the slide, and a GI style thumb safety. The grip safety is a late Commander style.

Other than that, they are much the same pistol.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any idea how much this might cost with night sights? I ran accross a New Agent at my local gun store last weekend and I love the feel and how it handles, but that groove sight sucks worse than my Ruger LCP.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Cossack in a Kilt said...

Matt G:

Ever so slightly off topic, but I am a nut for the alloy Colt D frames. A few years back, when they were going begging on the market, I picked up several. I do not have an actual Colt Agent.

I do have a 2" Cobra (1951), a 3" Cobra (yay!) and a 4" Cobra. The 4" Cobra has road rash along one side of the cylinder and was picked up for a "Xavier-approved" type price of . . . $150. (At least, I'm pretty sure Xavier would approve!)

If my understanding is correct, the Agent differed from the Cobra only in having a shorter butt. Later, when all D-frame pistols went to the shorter butt, the Detective Special, the Cobra and the Police Positive Special had extended stocks.

You are absolutely right about the sights on the Cobra/Agent series (and, indeed, the Detective Special and Police Positive Specials of similar vintage). They just plain work for me---wide rear notch, nice serrated front ramp, and in my experience, DEAD ON with standard 158 grain .38 Special ammunition.

I have more modern, and (perhaps) more suitable carry handguns, but there is nothing I have found that is as easy to carry as a Colt Cobra 2".

6:01 PM  
Blogger Chris Byrne said...

Dammit Lew, why'd you have to take Ted from us here in Arizona?

Seriously, I hope all is going well up there. I'm just going to miss having one of the worlds best gunsmiths 5 miles from my house.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The New Agent shoots low for me also but there is an easy fix that is used even for guns with fixed sights. The fix is to just aim a little higher. Works for me. I also do not waste time trying to get a perfect sight picture with the New Agent as that defeats the purpose of the trench sights. I just hold it in front of my face, point and shoot and sure enough I hit COM each time shooting rapidly. I actually shoot better not trying to aim but rather just point shooting using the trench as a rough guide.

12:22 AM  

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