Colt Python Sticker Shock! (Update)

Colt Python Sticker Shock! (Update)

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    Unhappy Colt Python Sticker Shock! (Update)

    I was at my local gun emporium (actually a sporting goods & ski equipment store with a gun department) to pick up some cleaning supplies when I spied a revolver sitting on its familiar brown cardboard box in the showcase.

    It was a Colt Python with a 4 inch barrel & factory target stocks, but not in the beautiful old Colt Royal Blue finish, instead it was a matte blue, about like the old S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman finish. Obviously a non-factory re-finish job.

    The serial number dates it to 1965.

    Price? A mere $1,650.00.

    It's still there.


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

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    And unless a fool parts with a lot of cash it will likely be there a lot longer!!! First of the reblue killed the value of the gun to me, it is still a good shooter and should be around $350- $500 depending on condition. Even with the orginal finish I saw one on Gun Broker that was NIB from the late 60's that sold for IIRC $1450. It is simply crazy what these guns are selling for now, makes me wish I would have picked up three or four of them when you could buy them all day long for $500. The Pythins had a huge problem with timing, the S&W's were and are a much better shooter. I think the beautiful bluing and the simple fact they aren't made anymore has driven the prices to crazy levels. Look at what the little Mustangs are now selling for.
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    The Pythins had a huge problem with timing, the S&W's were and are a much better shooter.

    Grant Cunningham...

    There is an assertion that comes up with surprising frequency, particularly in the internet age where everyone is an expert: the Colt Python (and all other Colt revolvers) are "delicate", "go out of time easily", or "not as strong/durable as a S&W."
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCHornet View Post
    The Pythins had a huge problem with timing, the S&W's were and are a much better shooter.
    I owned a 4" Python from 1965 until 1995 and shot 3-4 hundred rounds through it every year. (I have others I shoot more) I decided it was too big, and traded it for a 2-1/2" one in 1995, and have continued shooting that one at about the same rate. I have NEVER had a mechanical problem. It is, IMO, the best built revolver ever. It's also one of the best shooters ever. Period. It's no wonder they sell for over a thousand bucks. (Great investment - my original gun cost $270.00 new.)

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    Shoots better?

    Quote Originally Posted by NCHornet View Post
    The Pythons had a huge problem with timing, the S&W's were and are a much better shooter.
    OD handled the timing comment quite well. Regarding whether S&Ws or Pythons are better shooters - I have a Python with 6 inch barrel and a S&W 686 with 6 inch barrel. I have shot them both at the same type of bullseye target, and I can't see much difference in accuracy, at least in my hands. Both guns seem to be very accurate.

    Of course the 686 cost less, so I suppose it is a better value for shooting purposes. But the Python sure looks good.




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    Local shop here just sold a 4" nickel plated one for $1350.00
    Last edited by libertarian5; October 11th, 2007 at 06:21 PM.

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    My 6-inch S&W Model 27 is the finest .357 Magnum in my view but Pythons are really nice too. The traditional Colt lock work that is found in Pythons, Officer's Models, Official Police, etc. (pre-MK III, 1969 back) confuses my pea brain but they work reliably.

    Pythons are really "hot" right now. Lots of Pythons may be found on GunBroker at any given time, many more than some uncommon collectible and shootable Colts but despite the numbers offered the Python sells for bigger money than do some of the other Colt oldies but goodies.

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    I just got a blued 4 inch Python from Gander Mountain in MN for $850.
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    The python is a great gun... but not that great. I do know this, they are not going to get any cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    The python is a great gun... but not that great. I do know this, they are not going to get any cheaper.
    That's why my 6" will stay in the safe.
    I payed 450.00 for mine in 79, man I thought that I
    was getting skinned.
    All the local shops that have them are well over grand, and sell them
    like hotcakes.
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    Good golly, Pogo. Is there any five star wheel gun you don't own??!

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    Wheel gun wish list is long...

    Quote Originally Posted by aznav View Post
    Good golly, Pogo. Is there any five star wheel gun you don't own??!
    I lack many wheel guns that I would like to have. I don't have:

    - Colt Single Action Army
    - Colt Diamondback
    - Colt Python in stainless
    - Freedom Arms single action
    - S&W model 610 (10mm/40 S&W)
    - S&W model 19 snubby

    And I could go on. I just can't afford all these.

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    Wink Python Target

    I found this Python Target .38 Special last December. If I told you what I paid for it,you would think I got it at gunpoint!
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    C'mon, pistola, we can handle it!

    Inquiring minds want to know!


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    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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    The store put up a placard with more information about this Python. It's a consignment sale, BTW.

    The finish is satin Melonnite and it has a Patridge front sight instead of the factory ramp, something I didn't notice before, and it has a Walt Sherman "roller action".

    I did a Google search for Walt Sherman and found this:

    SHERMAN CUSTOM GUNS
    Walter A. Sherman
    5846 Tea Rose Tr., Tallahassee, FL 32311; (850) 878-9563 Custom combat revolvers; exclusive Sherman roller actions on Colt Pythons; 1911 Bullseye and Action guns; refinishing, bluing and parkerizing.
    I don't know if he's still in business, but I found several older reviews of his work which were all highly complimentary. Judging by the test target displayed with this Python, he does (or did) superb work.


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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