Colt Python

The Colt Python is manufactured by Colt's Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut as a .357 Magnum caliber revolver. The Colt Python is often praised to be the quintessential American revolver. The Colt Python and the Colt Peacemaker are frequently considered to be the best revolvers made by Colt.
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The Colt Python is manufactured by Colt's Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut as a .357 Magnum caliber revolver. The Colt Python is often praised to be the quintessential American revolver. The Colt Python and the Colt Peacemaker are frequently considered to be the best revolvers made by Colt.

Termination

In October of 1999, the Colt Manufacturing Co. announced the official termination of its manufacture and production of Colt Python revolvers. Colt's Custom Gun Shop proceeding producing a limiting number of Python revolvers however this production was terminated around 2003.

Description

The Colt Python revolver is a large I-frame, double action handgun chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge. The weapon was originally developed by Smith & Wesson. Colt Pythons have an outstanding reputation for accuracy, superior finish, smooth trigger pull and constrained cylinder lock up. The one downside to the precision is that the Python's ability to go out of time with persistent heavy shooting. The condition affects the Colt Python in which the cylinder does not turn into the precise alignment with the forcing cone of the weapon. Therefore, a user may be sprayed with small bits of hot gun powder when he firearm is discharged. When this happens to the firearm, the lockwork on the weapon needs to be re-timed.

Introduction

The Colt Python revolver was first brought to the marketplace in 1955 as Colt's premier model revolver, and the weapon was initially presented to be a large frame 38 Special revolver for targets. As a result of this, the weapon features a smooth trigger, precision adjustable sights, extra metal and a durable and solid construction. Routine production of the Colt Python ceased in 1998 and then the special order ceased in 2001.

The Colt Pythons distinct appearance includes a ventilated rib, full barrel underlug and adjustable sights. These features give the gun a very unique look. Initially, Colt manufactured the Colt Python with hollow, less stable underlugs, however Colt quickly changed them to solid to add a stabilizing effect to the barrel weight. The Python has an edge over other revolvers because when at full cock, just as the trigger is pressed, the cylinder on the firearm locks up tight for the full duration of the revolver's hammer strike. Other revolver firearms have a small hint of looseness even when they are fully cocked. The small gap between the cylinder of the weapon and the forcing cone is very tight and compact. This feature further adds to the weapons velocity and accuracy.

Variants

The Colt Python revolver was initially presented in two finishes: Bright Nickel and Royal Blue. The Bright Nickel finish was quickly discontinued when the satin stainless and mirror polished Ultimate Stainless steel models were introduced.

Colt Pythons come available in several barrel models including 2.5 in, 4 in, and 8 in sizes. The most popular model was the six inch version of the weapon and the eight inch model of the weapon was intended for hunting. There is a 3 inch version that is a collectible.

Due to rising production costs and an overall lack of sales, the Colt Python is not in production or manufactured today.

Usage

The Colt Python quickly became a favorite among many law enforcement agencies when it was first introduced. The 6" barreled Colt Python was very popular with uniformed officers and the shorter 3" and 4" barrels were the optimum choice for plainclothes officers. The Colt Python along with all revolvers have lost considerable interest because of greater law enforcement needs that utilize the semi automatic pistol. Many agencies have also banned the Magnum load. The round has a very lethal force even after shot through walls. 9mm are cheaper to maintain and do not pose this problem. The Colt Python still remains an enormously popular revolver and is till used on the market and in high demand.

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6 years 25 weeks ago, 11:54 AM

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wondering if anybody who has one thinks it is a good gun

6 years 25 weeks ago, 12:44 PM

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You are joking, aren't you?.... They sell used for $1000+ Although slightly large for my hand, it is the best DA revolver made in the USA and in my opinion in the world.I like mine as do most "shooters". A lot of money for a revolver to shoot but I think they are a good investment in mint condition and should continue to increase in value too.

5 years 19 weeks ago, 8:29 AM

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I have owned a Colt Phython .357 magnum revolver, ever since I got my orders to report to Viet Nam in the mid-60's. I purchased it at City Loan and Music Company, Albany GA. while I was stationed at Fort Benning, GA.

I have never shot groups with other pistols at the range like I could with that Colt Python. It took me about 6 months of shooting before I managed to become proficient in the field with that Python.

The last pair I saw for sale "used" mind you, were going for $1250 and $1,400 dollars a piece. I do not know of any current revolver that holds that kind of high dollar price.

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4 years 47 weeks ago, 2:02 PM

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DONT FORGET THE KING COBRA .357--AFFORDABLE-AND NEVER GOES OUT OF TIME.AT LEAST THE ONE I have owned for 10 years and I have shot all kinds of shells--was my test gun when I first started reloading my own ammo and in the start they where not some of the best ammo in town.

6 years 21 weeks ago, 7:32 PM

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I've had a Python for over 20 years. I've shot many other revolvers and semi-automatics both before and after acquiring my Python. It is without a doubt the smoothest, most accurate and well finished handgun I have ever shot. I carry the much lighter,less accurate,less well fitted Colt Agent simply because it is small, light and less expensive.

5 years 32 weeks ago, 3:36 AM

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there bad ass

there bad ass

1 year 27 weeks ago, 12:29 PM

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6" Python

I took 2nd place in 1995 in a combat shoot off. With 2 speed loaders, everyone else was using semi autos. The Python is the best revolver every made. For home defense I use a Colt .45acp Officers model, but I keep my python and a speed loader close by.

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6 years 9 weeks ago, 1:11 PM

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Colt Trooper III Grips

I'm trying to find molded rubber grips to fit my Trooper III .357. I belive it is a "J" frame, like the python.

6 years 9 weeks ago, 1:16 PM

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Why, The Trooper III looks so much better with the wodden grip. I think it would look real nice if you stripped it and stained it a lighter color then it is when you buy it.

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6 years 9 weeks ago, 1:18 PM

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ndegiglio

wooden grips in my opinion get slippery as your hand sweats. try Hogue GRIPS. They have a web site

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5 years 42 weeks ago, 1:09 PM

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I have my father's 6" Royal Blue Python in excellent condition, but the Colt stamp on the left side is misstamped with the backside and rump part of the Colt missing and not stamped into the metal. This appears to be a factory mistake and is not due to wear (dad never holtered it and it has less than 100 rds fired).

The gun has never been reworked, nor has been in the hands of anyone but my father and me.

Knowing that misstamped coins are valuable, I can only assume that my gun has some extra value. Any thoughts?

5 years 27 weeks ago, 12:32 AM

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Colt Python Reassembly

I have a question about the reassembly of a Colt Python after cleaning.
I'm having a problem with putting the cylinder latch and latch pin detail assembly back together. Does anyone know the procedure to configure these parts with the side plate and reassemble? Everything is in place except for the latch mechanism. Any information would be very much appreciated. Could not find anything on youtube.com.
Thanks

5 years 27 weeks ago, 12:43 AM

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Rev123, You might try Brownell's for a schematic. You can download them. If that's how you got in this condition, I'm sorry.
I have to echo all positive comments on the Colt Python. I had a Nickle Plated, 4" Python that I sold for a pittance because the wife wanted a dining room table. I still water-board myself every saturday night !

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5 years 27 weeks ago, 1:15 AM

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Thanks

Best one I've seen yet. The reassembly involves parts 84,85,86,87,and the side plate and 2 screws. Maybe it's some trick that's not obvious to me. The side pin on part 85 fits into a hole in part 84 after it is pushed into the slot in the side plate and placed back on the pistol. Part 85 keeps the cylinder from opening without pushing back on part 84. It could be that I'm just clumsy?

Sorry about your Python.

5 years 19 weeks ago, 12:46 PM

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about a mis-stamp, q-control is VERY
good at Colt.
Stranger things have happened though.

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5 years 19 weeks ago, 12:51 PM

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this one. They are as good as any
and better than most and I've never owned one.
My wheel guns are a S&W 29, a Colt
King Cobra and a S&W Chief's.
Mine are good but the Python is hands down better.

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 2:07 PM

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Python- has my vote

The Python would get my vote as the top revolver built in the world. Colts Diamondback- basicly the Python in a 38 special caliber is a top 10, too. Perhaps the top overlooked revolver due to its bigger brothers dominance but do not under estamare this classic.

For the money and quality, S&W 686 plus .357 mag is an excellent revolver that is hard to find fault with.

5 years 18 weeks ago, 3:03 PM

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goes to the .44 anaconda

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 4:12 PM

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im with you, i love shooting my friends Anaconda with the 8 inch barrel. Powerful and accurate

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5 years 4 days ago, 1:15 PM

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I have phython in357 mag bought new in1987, want to know if it is high plolished stainles or nichel

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 2:50 PM

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This is a great description of the Python. I have never owned one, but I've been wanting one for a long time. They do command a high price for a used gun, but they really are one of the sexiest revolvers one can purchase. I have had the privilege of handling a few that friends own and at gun shops. The hammer just feels great to cock and the as the cylinder turns to bring the next round up for firing, it seems to move with "clockwork" precision. This is an awesome gun and I hope to acquire one in the future.

3 years 49 weeks ago, 3:43 PM

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nice!

great info....a lil scary the whole bit about the cylinder out of time, but wold love to get me one!

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 7:01 PM

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I had both of these, Really nice but i always liked my Smith & Wsson model 19 and model 17 better. I know, Alot of my friends thought i was nuts but different strokes for different folks.!!!

3 years 34 weeks ago, 11:32 AM

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I used to have one and thought it was great handgun. Came back from Vietnam in 1970 and bought it from PX for $157.00 Had 6" barrel. Some lowlife thief stole from my house in 1974.

3 years 34 weeks ago, 2:05 PM

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These three revolvers are without a doubt top of the stack. I have a S&W model 13 and I would put it aside in a moment to get my hands on a python. I have never been a huge fan of 6 inch revolvers, but the Python was in class of its own, in both looks and accuracy. I have known many over the years who owned one of these and I NEVER heard anything bad about them. Paddy, sorry that some lowlife stole yours. I'm sure that it would still be going strong had that not happened.

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2 years 48 weeks ago, 8:56 AM

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It was 1993 when I bought my Colt Python and it was flawless - a very good gun. The story mentions going out of time under heavy shooting however, I never experienced this whether I was shooting .357 loads or .38 +P+ loads. It shot flawlessly and had the smoothest trigger pull of anything I had fired previously. Wish I still had it today.

2 years 43 weeks ago, 2:14 PM

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Hawkeye..

Two things.. First welcome aboard..

Second.. what are you shooting today sir..

On the Python.. yep some of the earlier Colts had issues with timing and lock up.. Matter of fact the only handguns i've ever had with issues of shaved lead were both Colts, but i think those problems were all associated with the police positive frames.. with the possible exception of Korths, the big "I" frame Colts are about as good as any revolver ever made.. I've always wanted a Python, and of course waited till their no longer made.. Their out there but they command even higher prices now.. I wish you still had it today as well...lol..

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2 years 42 weeks ago, 6:24 AM

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greg az wrote:
Two things.. First welcome aboard..

Second.. what are you shooting today sir..

On the Python.. yep some of the earlier Colts had issues with timing and lock up.. Matter of fact the only handguns i've ever had with issues of shaved lead were both Colts, but i think those problems were all associated with the police positive frames.. with the possible exception of Korths, the big "I" frame Colts are about as good as any revolver ever made.. I've always wanted a Python, and of course waited till their no longer made.. Their out there but they command even higher prices now.. I wish you still had it today as well...lol..

Springfield Armory XDM 3.8 .40 S&W and a Smith & Wesson M&P .40 S&W. When I was a police officer I qualified and carried a Smith & Wesson 410 chambered for .40 S&W and I've been partial to that caliber ever since. I shoot both and I carry the Springfield for security duty.

2 years 43 weeks ago, 2:36 PM

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Uhhh.. no.. sorry Marvin.. hate this as i think he was one of the founders of the site.. but after making my comments i read the top and theres a few differences.. First off, i had not seen the post till i made my comment.. I noticed hawkeye had welcomed a new member and thought the least i could do was welcome him.. I clicked on his profile (ok words out im a stalker.. ) and saw the Python post.. Figured that would be a good one to welcome him on.. So after i finnished the above said welcome i decide to read what i figured "sytistan" or what ever his name is had posted..

Marvin.. if your still around, thanks for the site.. Saying this with respect and affection (WTF!?) on issues of Pythons.. your all F'd up.. I'm laughing Marvin don't pull the plug on me..

Nope.. figure you found that info somewhere and copied it like ol sytistan did.. Your right about the Python being built on the I frame.. this was the same as the New Service and the 1917 .. All the lock up issues were with the J frame (yep like S&W) police positive etc.. As to the Python being very popular with LE.. Nope.. just to expensive.. the ONLY agencies that had the Python were little 2 or 3 man township sheriff's that didn't have a price revue.. Colt tried it's best to market the gun to LE..but just to much money and the Smith K frame won out.. when Smith added the 357 in 1935 (then N frame) the deal was done.. 99% of LE used the Smith, and then when they put the 357 in the K it was the start down hill for Colts share of any LE business.. Matter of fact one of the rarest holsters is a LE retention holster for Pythons..

Anyway .. thanks for the site..

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2 years 42 weeks ago, 6:32 AM

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greg az wrote:
Uhhh.. no.. sorry Marvin.. hate this as i think he was one of the founders of the site.. but after making my comments i read the top and theres a few differences.. First off, i had not seen the post till i made my comment.. I noticed hawkeye had welcomed a new member and thought the least i could do was welcome him.. I clicked on his profile (ok words out im a stalker.. ) and saw the Python post.. Figured that would be a good one to welcome him on.. So after i finnished the above said welcome i decide to read what i figured "sytistan" or what ever his name is had posted..

Marvin.. if your still around, thanks for the site.. Saying this with respect and affection (WTF!?) on issues of Pythons.. your all F'd up.. I'm laughing Marvin don't pull the plug on me..

Nope.. figure you found that info somewhere and copied it like ol sytistan did.. Your right about the Python being built on the I frame.. this was the same as the New Service and the 1917 .. All the lock up issues were with the J frame (yep like S&W) police positive etc.. As to the Python being very popular with LE.. Nope.. just to expensive.. the ONLY agencies that had the Python were little 2 or 3 man township sheriff's that didn't have a price revue.. Colt tried it's best to market the gun to LE..but just to much money and the Smith K frame won out.. when Smith added the 357 in 1935 (then N frame) the deal was done.. 99% of LE used the Smith, and then when they put the 357 in the K it was the start down hill for Colts share of any LE business.. Matter of fact one of the rarest holsters is a LE retention holster for Pythons..

Anyway .. thanks for the site..

At the time I had my Colt Python I was working armored car in Illinois and the Python was very popular. It also helped that the company I worked for helped with paying for it. I still coughed up a good chunk of change for it but it was definitely worth it.

2 years 42 weeks ago, 12:01 PM

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Doin'g an morning drive by, so please forgive the brevity (like i know ANYTHING about being brief) .. I actually do want to respond to LLE's comment in debt, the IAEA has a new report out on Iran that FOX is airing after the break.. I'm firmly convinced that any Nation can build a device in 7 years, the NK's showed us the folly of believing they we're members of the "short buss" crowd.. "Redland" uses Iran, NK, and any other rogue Nation as R&D facilities so no doubt they (Russians) were involved in the stealth drone take over..

Hawk.. yep that was my point that most any Python use was small agencies, or in your case a matter of employee copay.. Don't get me wrong, i'm a Smith Victory collector, and my shooting bag is full of K, L, & J frame Smiths (all in pictures) but i still believe the Python to be the finest revolver we've ever mass produced, that being said very few LE agencies went with it as opposed to the K M19 as the Smith was 1) a LOT less money 2) the weight and size of the 19 K frame compared to the big Colt I frame Python made the Smith the real world choice for carry.. I've never seen numbers, but would estimate that well over 90% of LE agencies went with the Smith over the Python due to these two factors.. again a LE basket weave retention holster for the big I frame is as collectible as anything made in small numbers..

ISD.. yeah buddy you push that round back in and what happens the CUP numbers go up.. I don't know how much, but guess any of the roll your own crowd could tell us..Thats from the early days of "home gun improvement"..sorta like the dum dum..

Lean'r... huh.. i've forgoten what we were talking about.. least you remembered it was the phone..OH yeah thats it i have to go make a call, back later guys...

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Hello to one and all!

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Hello, where is Peoria

Hello, where is Peoria Arizona located/what part of the state?

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sub of Metro Phoenix.. do like the weather.

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You push the head of a 38 into the case 1/8 inch and your now shooting something between +p and +p+.....

Many of the security guards do this today which are limited to either 9 mm or 38 in the State of Florida.

The Trooper was the gun used buy more State agencies than any other for a long period of time.

Colt's have that screwed up cylinder release latch that you pull back which made reloads hard and almost impossible for anyone attempting it wounded one handed.

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