SOLD FOR: $3001
Serial Number: T67885
Year of Manufacture: 1987
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked with “PYTHON .357/? .357 MAGNUM CTG. ?”. The left of the trigger guard is marked with the VP triangle on the right, and the plate is marked with a rampant colt. The right side of the barrel is marked “–COLT’S PT. F.A.MFG.CO.HARTFORD. CONN.U.S.A.–” The top of the rear sight is marked “UP” with a curved arrow on the top and “L” with a down arrow on the bottom.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with red insert pinned to the ventilated rib. The rear sight is a square notch with white outline adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are one piece wraparound black checkered rubber grips with finger grooves and gold-colored Colt medallions on either side. The bottom of the grips are marked “The Pachmayer®/”GRIPPER”/LOS ANGELES, CALIF. MADE IN U.S.A./U.S. PAT. NO’S. 3.072.084 4.132.024/D271.229”. The grips exhibit little to no use. No major defects noticed. The grips rate in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is light wear from handling. Notable wear is only apparent if you are holding the gun inches from your face and are extremely fine surface scratches. Honestly nothing major. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are sharp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and locks up tight. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Comes with a black leather holster. The holster is marked with the Don Hume Leathergoods logo below “H730 No. 7-4””. The leather is in excellent shape, no rips or tears with strong stitching. The snap has some vertigras forming.
Our Assessment: The Colt Python is a .357 Magnum revolver first introduced in 1955, the same year as Smith & Wesson’s M29 .44 Magnum. The Colt Python is intended for the premium revolver market segment. Some firearm collectors and writers such as Jeff Cooper, Ian V. Hogg, Chuck Hawks, Leroy Thompson, Scott Wolber, Renee Smeets and Martin Dougherty have described the Python as “the finest production revolver ever made”.
A finely-crafted revolver in a great durable finish. Honestly this should have been the finish and barrel length Rick should have carried on the Walking Dead… a nickel gun doesn’t stand up to the abuse a stainless one can. If TV has taught us anything, this is a perfect choice for the Zombie Apocalypse.