Sold For: $3,305
Serial Number: E70465
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Caliber: 38 Special and .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 left side of the frame is marked with a gold highlighted Wyoming Fish and Game Commission emblem, and the number 62. The left side of the trigger guard is marked with a triangle “VP” proof and “L”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” The yoke cut is marked “E70465 / P” and the yoke is marked “E70465”. The rear face of the cylinder, under the extractor is marked “0465”. The left inside of the grip frame is marked “W / INS”. The right side of the grip frame is marked “R”. The inside of each grip panel is marked “43”.
Barrel Length: 4” Round with Full Length Vented Top Rib and Underlug
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blue serrated ramped blade pinned to the top rib. The rear sight is a square notched leaf pinned to the top strap and adjustable for elevation and windage.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece checkered walnut grips are sport a gold colored Rampant Colt medallion on each panel. The points of the checkering are quite sharp and show little evidence of use. There is a small mar in the lower edge of the checkering on the left grip panel. A mark through the finish is present on the butt and front corner of the right panel and two small marks are visible on the outside bottom edge. A small bubble in the factory finishing is evident on the left panel above the checkering. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Royal Blue Barrel and Frame, Matte Blue Top Strap and Rib
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. Light marks are evident on the right side of the top strap and the front sight shows a couple spots of surface thinning. Two marks through the finish are present on the right side of the top strap and one on the right side of the frame at the barrel. A light tool mark is visible on the right side at the trigger screw. The gold highlighting in the Wyoming Fish and Game emblem shows thinning and is absent is a couple small spots. The cylinder displays light drag marks in the finish and spots of surface loss in the locking slots. An area with a few small marks in the finish is present between two of the flutes. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol is accompanied by a Colt Letter indicating that it was one of 70 numbered revolvers sent to the Wyoming Fish and Game Commission in 1974, with an additional pistol presented to Wyoming Governor Stan Hathaway. The revolver comes in the original white Styrofoam box encased in the brown wood grain cardboard Colt sleeve with a gold Colt emblem on the top and a gold label on the left end which reflects the model and serial number of the pistol. The box exhibits numerous handling marks and marks in the surface. All the edges are frayed, one end tab is detached and the left flap has a tear and both end flaps are held on by a strip of 2” clear tape. The sleeve is in Fair condition. The Styrofoam box sports a Colt logo embossed on the top and bottom exhibits scattered handling and compression marks. Two compression marks from contact with the pistol are visible on the interior. The box rates in Very Good to Fine condition. Contained in box is the original Colt product registration card, missing the half which was presumably mailed to Colt and a “Handing the Gun” pamphlet. The paperwork is in Very Good to Fine condition. A manila envelope containing a blued Colt key ring screw driver is also present in the box. The tool is adorned with a Rampant Colt one side and a Colt logo on the other shows handling marks and is in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is Number 62 of a numbered run of 70 Colt Pythons monogrammed for the Wyoming State Fish and Game Commission in 1974. It is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Colt, which indicates that an additional pistol was presented to Governor Stan Hathaway (not numbered, but making the total 71.) This is one of a very limited run, plus being a Colt Royal Blue Python in Excellent condition. The revolver is highly collectable and would make a great addition to a Colt Python collection or even a faithful shooter.