SOLD FOR: $3033
Model: Python, Model I3040
Serial Number: T90884
Date of Manufacture: 1990 (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 crane cut and the crane are marked with the serial number. The 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 “X”. The right of the frame below and in front of the cylinder has been engraved with a Mag-na-port logo.
Barrel Length: The vent rib barrel with full underlug is 4” and has Mag-Na-Port porting.
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a white-outlined, square notched rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap of the frame. The front sight is a blade pinned to the top of the rib with a serrated orange plastic insert. The top of the barrel rib and the top strap have a matte black finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece checkered black rubber Pachmayr Gripper with finger grooves and gold-colored Colt medallions. The grip has light handling wear with some scuffing in the smooth portions, most notable on the rear of the butt. There is a small tear at the bottom-rear where the seam ends. Overall, the grip is in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 93% of its finish. The cylinder has a thin turn-line. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play when trigger is depressed. The action functions correctly. We have not fired this revolver. This revolver has a wide target style hammer and a serrated trigger. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a maroon cardboard Colt box with serial-matching label and two-piece styrofoam inserts. The box shows light storage wear with some fraying at edges and short tears at corners.
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 stainless steel finish, one of the less-common finishes for these revolvers, and has a 4″ barrel, a nice balance between precision and size, but also shows just enough wear that you could shoot it without feeling like you’re spoiling a pristine example. It has also been to Mag-na-port and had its barrel ported, which will help tame the recoil of full-house .357 Magnum cartridges. It should draw the eyes of collectors and shooters, both. Please see our pictures and good luck!