Serial Number: 53886
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Caliber: .38 Special and .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action Swing-Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “PYTHON .357 / .357 MAGNUM CTG.” And the right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.”. The crane cut is marked “53886 / B / V” and the crane is marked “53886”. On the top left forward trigger guard is the Colt proof mark and on the bottom left rear portion of the trigger guard is an “O”. There is a Rampant Colt logo on the left sideplate. On the left side of the grip frame there is an upside down “E” and a right side up “INS”.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The revolver is mounted with a serrated ramp front sight pinned to the vent rib. There is a windage and elevation adjustable rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered wood with gold colored Colt logo medallions. These are open back target grips with the left grip panel slightly relieved for speedloaders. The checkering is still factory sharp and there are no chips or cracks in either grip panel. The left panel has two visible compression marks towards the bottom and the left grip panel has a series of small compression marks on the bottom. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Royal Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are barely discernible drag marks on the cylinder and two light scratches above the screw on the right side. This is really a very clean Python. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The single and double actions functions correctly. The hammer is checkered and the trigger is serrated. We did not fire this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: According to S. P. Fjestad’s “Blue Book of Gun Values” the Colt Python is “…one of the few hand fitted revolvers ever produced.” They are known for both their distinctive raised rib and beautiful Colt “Royal Blue” finish. This is a well-cared for example of a gun no longer produced in the traditional walnut and blue steel. It is a versatile handgun capable of shooting a wide range of .38 Special and .357 Magnum ammunition and with its adjustable sights can be regulated to match whatever ammo you are currently using. It is capable of serving as a service revolver, target revolver and home defense handgun.
Sold For: $3,300