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This is a discussion on Colt Python within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I just picked up a python today. I got it for $500 but it has pretty extensive holster rash on it. It locks tight and ...

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    Colt Python

    I just picked up a python today. I got it for $500 but it has pretty extensive holster rash on it. It locks tight and functions flawlessly, and the bore is in good condition. I want to have it refinished to look like new. I want to match the original colt blue close enough that no one will know. I also don't want any of the markings on the gun damaged in any way. Is there anyone that someone can recommend would do this for me at a reasonable price?


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    Not sure what thier prices are going to be like, but to give you a good refinish and maintain value of the gun, you might want to check out Colt's site.
    I'm sure you will probably be able to find cheaper refinishing, but it is an option.

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    I checked around and it seems to me that to get a true investment grade finish sending it to colts going to be my best bet. If I can get it done for around 100 I will feel like I got a hell of a deal on this gun.

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    Thumbs up COLT

    Congratulations on your Python.Don't let anyone but Colt refinish it.You will have $300+ in it,shipping and all.
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    The Colt "Royal Blue" that the Pythons were finished in is hard to replicate.

    I'd agree with the above that the best bet would be to send it to Colt.

    Nice buy, however. $500 for a Python is a steal.
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    $100 for Colt to re-blue it? You're dreaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pistola View Post
    Congratulations on your Python.Don't let anyone but Colt refinish it.You will have $300+ in it,shipping and all.
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    The Colt "Royal Blue" that the Pythons were finished in is hard to replicate.

    I'd agree with the above that the best bet would be to send it to Colt.

    Nice buy, however. $500 for a Python is a steal.
    And even after Colt re-blues it for around $300, you'll still have a steal. Have Colt do it!
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    I think the chances of duplicating Colt's old "Royal Blue" finish is mighty slim, since the EPA has banned many of the salts and chemicals in the old formulas as toxic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    I think the chances of duplicating Colt's old "Royal Blue" finish is mighty slim, since the EPA has banned many of the salts and chemicals in the old formulas as toxic.
    Somehow, that just figures....
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    nice deal congrats on the python

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    Well I've been reading on the internet that people that have been sending their pythons back to colt and had very good results. Some say they come back looking even better than new. At $300 that is exactly what I would expect. That almost makes me wonder if I should just shoot it for awhile, then have it finished when I ready to put it in the safe. An extra 300 seems like alot, but I could see the gun being possibly worth a 5 figure number in 20 years.

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    If you're looking at it as an investment, refinishing it will actually hurt the long term value. Whether Colt or another company does it will be immaterial.
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    If you're going to keep it (I would), I would have it refinished...nice gun...great price...I'm jealous!

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    Im not planning on selling this python any time soon. I've always wanted one but have never really wanted to shell out 1000+ to own one. I own a stainless 4" Anaconda that I like alot, but I never really liked shooting it because of the caliber. I always have said I would love it if it was a 357. Actually, after thinking about it, like the fact that my python has some wear on it. I now won't feel guilty shooting it, and then once I've had my fun with it, send it to colt for a makeover. Even after I send it to colt I will only have about $800 in it, and it will come back looking new.

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    Late to this post but congratulations on your acquisition. Pythons are nice to shoot. Is yours really all that bad? Sure would like some before and after photos if you are able to have Colt refinish it. They apparently do outstanding work on the Python.

    Here's my run-of-the-mill 6-inch Colt Python from 1978.

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