SOLD FOR: $3145
Model: Python (I3040)
Serial Number: T14203
Date of Manufacture: 1983 (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, “T14203”. The side plate is marked with the “Rampant Colt”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with “C”.
Barrel Length: 4” with vented barrel rib.
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade that is dual-pinned to a ramped base that runs the length of the barrel rib. The rear sight is an adjustable square-notch leaf pinned to a channel in the top strap. The top strap and front sight base are matte to better reduce glare.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut, each with an inset Gold Colt medallion in the smooth area. 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: 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: Minor hairline scuffs can be seen throughout the metal with the heaviest concentrations being found on either side of the frame above the grip panels. The cylinder has a faint, thin turn-line most evident in the lead-in grooves. Screws are lightly tool marked, all have strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine-to-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play when trigger is depressed. The action functions correctly; the double action is smooth with a clean break, and the single-action is light. We have not fired this revolver. This revolver has a wide target style hammer and a serrated trigger. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Python will ship with its original manual.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, Rocky Marciano beat Don Cockell by TKO in the 9th round at Kezar Stadium, and Colt began shipping the greatest 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 1/2″ to 8″ and with some of the finest machining and finishing seen in the industry, the Python has earned its reputation and continues to be eagerly sought after to this day. The Colt Python revolvers were discontinued, then re-introduced, but the originals appear to be of much higher quality so the value of these fantastic weapons continues to increase. The revolvers are becoming harder and harder to find, making it a tough go to attain ownership. This handsome stainless steel example is less-common and its 4” barrel will make a striking revolver all the more easy to carry on your person. It dates back to 1983, but its minimal wear and timless aesthetic make for an altogether timeless firearm. It is in high enough condition that it will doubtlessly fit well in a collection of Colt’s Serpent revolvers. It’ll even make for an authentic Rick Grimes Walking Dead costume for Halloween (should your state allow open carry, of course). Good luck and happy bidding!