SOLD FOR: $2725
Model: Python (Model #I3660)
Serial Number: E14199
Date of Manufacture: 1970 (COLT Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: DA/SA Double and Single Action Revolver with 6-Shot 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 CT. U.S.A.”. The crane and crane cut are marked “E14199”; the crane is also marked “H” and “0”. The left side plate features a “Rampant Colt”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with a character that cannot be made out.
Barrel Length: The vent rib barrel with full underlug is 6”.
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 and is pinned to the top of the rib. 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. There are minor handling marks and a few light nicks in the smooth area of the left panel. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in 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 96% of its finish. There is holster wear in the form of moderate thinning on the left side of the barrel and underlug. There are intermittent spots of minor thinning on the edges of the cylinder which also has a faint turn line not through the finish. The screw heads are lightly worn. Excepting the left side trigger guard bow marking, all other markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine 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, a thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear-powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was published, 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 51 years. In its high condition, this would be a welcome addition to just about any collection, never mind just a Colt collection. Good luck and happy bidding!