SOLD FOR: $5825
Serial Number: T72628
Date of Manufacture: 1987 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver With Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “PYTHON .357 / 357 MAGNUM CTG.”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN. U.S.A.”. The crane cut and the crane are marked with the serial number. The side plate is marked with a “Rampant Colt” logo. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with “V”. The sides of the grip frame have inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 2.5″ vent rib barrel with full underlug.
Sights / Optics: The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap of the frame. The front sight is a serrated ramped blade with a red insert and is pinned to the top of the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The aftermarket grips are two-piece checkered walnut with silver-colored Colt medallions. The grips have light handling wear. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The tops are a bit shy to the frame and the grips are very slightly proud to the front strap. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 97% of its finish. There are scattered faint handling marks and some draglines. The cylinder has a light turn-line. There are a couple light scuffs, most noticeable on the right side of the frame at the rear above the grip. There are a couple hairline scratches on the trigger guard. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play when the trigger is depressed. The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth. The single action is crisp. We have not fired this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, and Colt began shipping the finest precision combat and target revolver ever made. Each revolver was hand-tuned at the factory and this attention to detail shows both cosmetically and in operation. With barrel lengths ranging from 2.5? to 8? and with some of the finest machining and finishing ever seen in the industry, the Python has earned its reputation and continues to be sought after to this day. The Colt Python revolvers are no longer being made (or at least, not made like this!), so the price for these fantastic weapons are just going to continue to appreciate. The revolvers by themselves are becoming harder and harder to find, making it difficult to bring oneself to actually fire a Python. This example is a nickel finish and has a 2 1/2” barrel, even with the aftermarket grips it should draw the eyes of both collectors and shooters. Please see our pictures and good luck!