SOLD FOR: $1828.24
Serial Number: 80236
Date of Manufacture: 1968 ( bhttps://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 CT. U.S.A.”. The flat under the crane and the crane are marked with the serial number. The sideplate 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 “B”.
Barrel Length: 6″ vent rib barrel with full underlug.
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 blade pinned to the top of the rib. The top of the barrel rib and the top strap have a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut target stocks with Colt medallions. The grips show scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. The checkering is generally well defined with some worn smooth at the rear of the right panel. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: We believe that the barrel has been refinished and/or replaced, but the finish of the frame, cylinder and sideplate appear original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 90% of its finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. There is finish wear on each side of the barrel, most notable at the muzzle-end, and there is scattered light wear along the bottom. There is handing wear in the backstrap with oxidation at the topo and bottom. There are some scattered light nicks and scratches. The action shows operational wear including a turn line on the cylinder. The markings are clear, the barrel markings have soft edges. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play when the trigger is depressed. The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth. The single action is crisp. We have not fired this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, 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 shows both cosmetically and in operation. With barrel lengths ranging from 2.5? to 8? 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, at least not like this, 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 is a 6? example from 1968 which appears to have some use over the last 53 years with about 90% of its metal finish remaining, a great bore and strong mechanics. This Python is sure to attract collectors as well as shooters. Please see our pictures and good luck!