SOLD FOR: $5525
Model: Python Elite (Model #I3060CS)
Serial Number: PE01264
Date of Manufacture: 1997 (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 ELITE / * 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 and crane cut are marked “PE01264”. 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 “S”. The interior of each grip panel is marked with a hand-written inspector’s mark, “39”.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp with orange aiming reference that is pinned to the top of the rib. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap. The top of the barrel rib and the topstrap have a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood with finger grooves, each with an inset Gold Colt medallion at the top. There are minor handling marks, but otherwise the grips are free of any serious wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in 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.
Overall Condition: There are only minor hairline scuffs and swirl marks scattered about the stainless steel. The cylinder has a faint turn line. The screws have light tool marks, all slots are strong. All markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is 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, thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Python Elite includes a blue plastic Colt factory snap case, and various factory paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear-powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, Atlas Comics’ Rawhide Kid debuted that March, 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 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. It’s a commonly held belief that Colt Python revolvers are no longer made like earlier examples, but you be hard-pressed to make a strong case for that belief with this Python Elite. Quite simply, it’s gorgeous. It’s balanced. The mechanics are strong. It is in rather high condition, near to Excellent, and without a doubt, this will be a truly welcome addition to any collection, or an incredible start to one. Good luck and happy bidding!