SOLD FOR: $3501
Model: Python (Model #I3680)
Serial Number: E12200
Date of Manufacture: 1980 (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 “E12200”. The left side plate features the Rampant Colt. The left front trigger guard bow is marked with “VP” in a triangle and the rear bow with “C”.
Barrel Length: 8”
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 topstrap have a matte black finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut, each with an inset Gold Colt medallion. There are minor handling marks, but otherwise the grips are free of any notable wear or damage. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in Fine-to-Excellent 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 98% of its finish. There are minor nicks scattered across the frame. The screw heads are lightly worn. All other markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine-to-Excellent 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: This Python includes its serial-matching box with styrofoam insert, its manual, and a letter of provenance from Colt manufacturing’s historian, Beverly Jean Haynes..
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear-powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, Disneyland opened for the first time, 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? (as is the case with this majestic example) 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. Colt Python revolvers are no longer made like earlier examples; the value of these fantastic weapons will only continue to increase. This revolver has been well kept over the past 41 years. In high condition, this will be a welcome addition to any collection, never mind a Colt collection. Good luck and happy bidding!