SOLD FOR: $1975
Model: Python, Model I3840
Serial Number: K41200
Date of Manufacture: 1981 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .38 Special/.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 flat under the crane and the crane are marked with the serial number. The left sideplate 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 “U”.
Barrel Length: 4” 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 ramp blade pinned to the top of the rib. Yellow paint has been applied to the rear of the front sight. The top of the barrel rib and the top strap have a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece checkered black rubber Pachmayr Gripper with finger grooves. The grip has a few light scuffs and scratches in the smooth borders. The checkering is generally well defined, there are a few patches of wear. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in Very Good-plus condition as not original to the gun.
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 96% of its finish. There is some scattered minor scuffing and swirls as well as some minor cloudiness. There is a patch of minor discoloration from oxidation on the topstrap. The cylinder has a thin, faint turn-line. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in Fine 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: The Colt Python was first introduced in 1955, the same year as Smith & Wesson’s M29 .44 Magnum. The now discontinued Python targeted the premium revolver market, and some firearm collectors and writers such as Jeff Cooper and Ian V. Hogg have described the Python as the finest production revolver ever made. We tend to agree, and this is a great example. It is in Fine condition with 96% of its nickel finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. The 4″ barrel is a nice balance between being compact enough for carry but with a long enough sight picture for precision. This should make a great shooter for the lucky winner, and with its nickel finish it would be great for the collector, as well. Please see our photos and good luck!