Colt Python

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    I have a 4" blued 1965 model...bought it unfired for $700 in 2002, came with the box and manuals as well, It shoots like a laser with 125 gr XTPs -- I love that gun.

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    Gun Broker has a nice blued (North Dakota) Colt Python (4) gun set in 2.5", 4", 6" & 8" for $9,250! You better jump on it or they'll get away!

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=199751685
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    Colt pythons...great guns...expensive, but who cares...if your gotta' have one, ya gotta have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabre03 View Post
    I have a 4" blued 1965 model...bought it unfired for $700 in 2002, came with the box and manuals as well, It shoots like a laser with 125 gr XTPs -- I love that gun.
    Nice!
    Hollow "lug" model?
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    Back in the mid-80s I bought a brand new satin stainless 6" Python---wonderful revolver---kept it for many years---sadly it got away at a weak moment---shoulda kept it!

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    Here's my Nickel 4", in the store before I picked it up. Unfired - or test fired only - bought 3 years ago for $449 - my "buy of a lifetime". A 1981. A long story how it came to be so low-priced, somewhere on these forums Ive told it before.

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    (light area on grips on photo only; and the blue on the real barrel and frame is reflection of me taking the picture)

    The gun still looks great although - and here's the heads-up about nickel - it has fine scratch lines from use at the range and a number of CCWs. Now I don't CCW it (it a heavy gun to lug around - and because of hesitancy to mar, and the price now of .357 ammo - shoot it only once every couple of months). Nickel looks beautiful but it is a finish, unlike say highly polished steel which is the base metal of the gun and can be re-polished if it needs it it in a few years. And without I think destroying the value. Re-nickelling or re-bluing does take a huge hit out of the value. If you can find a Bright Stainless - or it might be called Ultimate Bright Stainless - I think Pythons came in that sometimes, though not many and I can't swear it. That would be the best IMO. For blue will wear also, especially if holstered a lot.

    Take a look around local stores. Pythons show up, although few people are now unaware of their value, so finding a bargain is tough, but they're out there.

    Gunbroker and other known auctions sites include ads for Pythons at outrageous prices. A seller will keep a gun on month after month and eventually some poor fish bites. So, be very wary of very high priced Pythons as they are likely over-inflated over what already are very high standard prices. Most 2 1/2"s are really pricey, often close to $2000 NIB and a few hundred lower if not.

    The real fraud can come with the 3" - the rarest of Pythons - which can go for $4000 or $5000 or more. If you run across a high-priced but seemingly affordable model 3", run - don't walk - and post a photo and question on www.coltforum.com - where there are really knowledgeable people and can spot a fake (usually a cut-down 4") really well. In fact, with no offense to many here that know Colts - that is always the best place to run any prospective purchase by with a photo in my opinion. You can be saved a lot of grief and get very good advice on prices.
    Here's a current example of a 3" now on GunBroker. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=201260215
    The fact that it has an authenticity letter from Colt helps to indicate it may be the real thing. (But if I was a potential buyer, to Colt Forum I would go before making any decision. Especially since the seller only takes M.O. and personal checks, my money would be unprotected by a Credit Card. Really have to watch it.) That the label is also missing from the "original" box also would make me ponder. Original Python boxes are a regular offering on GB and themselves go for a $100 or so. I don't know if it's fraudulent and I am not claiming that at all. I'm just recommending you always get 2nd opinions on this rare 3" type or any 2 1/2" - or any Python, the rest more for price and condition analysis - on Colt Forum or other "expert"-source.

    Good luck Python hunting. Bring plenty of supplies. You may be in the wilderness a good while before you hear that tell-tale hissing of a bargain Python.
    But they are out there, lurking in unlikely places, hoping for a new owner.

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    Love the Colt Python. Back in the early eighties I carried a blue 6 inch model as a duty weapon. Still have it. Recently picked up a nickeled 6 inch python from a friend of mine. They really are fantastic shooters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamlet View Post
    a fake (usually a cut-down 4") really well.
    The most common and hardest to detect without research, are the rebarreled 3" Pythons. Colt rebarreled many new Pythons in-house with left over 3" barrels (and the 3" barrels could be bought directly from Colt) from the Lew Horton "Combat Python" run from around 1986/87.

    If its a cut-down Python, those are the easiest to spot because of the location of the barrels rollmarkings.
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    This summer I got a real good deal on a 4" Python, blued, with significant muzzle wear and cylinder ring. I sent it to Colt for refurbishment.

    Before picture:




    After picture:




    IMO blue is the way to go, here is an after picture closeup of the Colt Royal Blue:




    And another:




    I never was into Colts or Pythons until I stumbled into the deal and found out about them at Coltforum. The previous poster is correct, it's hard to stop with just one, I've bid on a few 6" Pythons on Gunbroker and just missed out on a good local deal when I was out of town.
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    What an outstanding transformation alienbogey!

    Colt did a beautiful job, the pistol looks pristine now.

    If you don't mind my asking; about how much was the cost to refurbish your Python and how long did it take?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coltman 77 View Post
    What an outstanding transformation alienbogey!

    Colt did a beautiful job, the pistol looks pristine now.

    If you don't mind my asking; about how much was the cost to refurbish your Python and how long did it take?
    I'd be very interested too. I know you can get the "Royal Blue" from Colt on the O models for $275.
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    Per the invoice from Colt, the 'Complete Refinish Royal Blue' was $275 plus $30 return shipping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alienbogey View Post
    Per the invoice from Colt, the 'Complete Refinish Royal Blue' was $275 plus $30 return shipping.
    You got every pennies worth.

    Gorgeous Python!
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    thanks for all the great posts... i will let you know if i pick up one. Bunker

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    Wow, that's a really impressive refinish job, well worth the money!

    I've never suffered from "gottahavapythonitis" but I do know a Python deal that isn't to be passed up when I see one. I snagged this nice 6" (dates to 1987 per Colt) for $699 a couple of weeks ago from a local hardware store that also sells some guns and ammo. The guy said the owner traded it in on a new Savage Edge rifle, their new entry level line. Go figure!


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