SOLD FOR: $3525
Serial Number: E69998
Date of Manufacture: 1974 (COLT Serial Number 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, “E69998”. The left 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 “J”.
Barrel Length: 6” with ventilated barrel rib.
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade that is double-pinned to the barrel rib. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap of the frame. The top of the barrel rib and the top strap have a matte black finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut each with a Gold Rampant Colt medallion. The left panel has a few light nicks in the smooth areas, one more notable compression, and the right panel has a few minor nicks on the lower edge. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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. The barrel at the tip has some minor holster wear. There are a few light nicks on the edges of the vent rib. Screws are sharp and all markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lock-up on this revolver is solid, with no play when the trigger is depressed. The trigger is smooth in double action, and crisp in single action. We have not fired this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This revolver includes its serial-matching factory box and styrofoam liner.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear-powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, the $64,000 Question premiered on CBS television, 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 is exemplified both cosmetically and in operation. With barrel lengths ranging from 2.5? to 8? (this fine example is 6”) 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 like the originals, 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 revolver has been well kept over the past 47 years, with hardly any wear and a clean bore. In its high condition, this would be a welcome addition to just about any collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!