SOLD FOR: $3626
Model: Python, I3640
Serial Number: 13787E
Date of Manufacture: 1975 (https://www.colt.com/serial-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 “13787E”. The crane cut is marked also “FF”. 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 “H”; both of these marks are poorly struck. Under the grip panels the left side of the grip frame is marked “JF / IN” and the right is marked “2”. The interior of both grip panels are marked “00249”, “5”, and “P”.
Barrel Length: The vent rib barrel with full underlug is 4”.
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 replacement two-piece checkered walnut each with a Gold Rampant Colt medallion inset at the top. Please note, the serial markings on the interior of the panels indicate these panels are from a first year Python. The interior heel of the right panel has an area that has been filled in. The heel of the left panel has two cracks that have been mended. The exterior of both panels have few light compression and a few small spots where the checkering is lightly worn. The checkering is otherwise well-defined. Overall, the grips rate in Good-to-Very Good 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. Light scuff wear is present at the top of the grip frame where the panels rest. There is a faint thin turn line on the cylinder along with very minor hairline nicks. The heel of the grip frame has a few light nicks through the finish. There are a few light handling marks as well. The screw heads are lightly worn, but all slots are strong. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine-plus condition, and were it not for the condition of the grips, it would rate 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 original serial-matching box with styrofoam inlay, and various factory paperwork.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear-powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, the first cans of Coca-Cola were sold, 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 4”) 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 exceedingly well cared for over the past 45 years—very minor wear, clean markings, and a bright bore. The original box and paperwork round out the package. Notably, the grips appear to be from a 1955 Python. In its high condition, this would be a welcome addition to just about any collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!