SOLD FOR: $2601.51
Model: Python (Model #I3640)
Serial Number: T71202
Date of Manufacture: 1987 (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 “T71202”. 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 “R”.
Barrel Length: 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 with an orange insert 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 two-piece smooth walnut each with a Gold Rampant Colt medallion. No imperfections are visible. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10/10.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 98% of its finish. There is some light finish wear just above the top edge of the grip panels, but otherwise the metal is free of excessive wear or damage. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in 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 will ship in a serial- and product-matching box and includes various factory paperwork, including the manual and a Colt factory letter of authentication.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear-powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, eighty-three people were killed and at least 100 are injured, after two race cars collide in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year, 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 maybe the finest machining and finishing ever seen in the industry, the Python has duly earned its reputation and continues to be highly sought after to this very 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. This blued revolver from 1987 has been lovingly cared for over the past 36 years—it’s practically perfect in every way. With its factory box, Colt letter of authentication, and its high condition, this would be a very welcome addition to just about any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!