SOLD FOR: $3275
Model: Python, Model I3061
Serial Number: PY4584
Date of Manufacture: 1993 (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 arm are marked with the serial number, “PY4584”. The sideplate is marked with a “Rampant Colt” logo. The left front of the trigger guard bow is marked with “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with a poorly struck “G”.
Barrel Length: The vent rib barrel with full underlug is 6”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade pinned to the top of the rib with an orange plastic insert. The rear sight is a white-outlined square notch adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap. The top of the barrel rib and the top strap have a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black rubber, each with silver colored Colt medallions. The grips have minor handling wear with a few light scuffs. The checkering is well defined. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Brite Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore, no fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates a 9 out of 10!
Overall Condition: There are telltale swirl marks and very minor scuffs scattered about the stainless steel. There is light handling wear visible just above the grip. The action has light operational wear. The cylinder has a turn line. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this 98% revolver is in Fine-plus-to-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play when trigger is depressed. The action functions correctly. We have not fired this revolver. This revolver has a wide target style hammer and a serrated trigger. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This revolver will ship in a blue plastic Colt snap case and a manual.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, John Wayne’s The Conquerer, directed by Dick Powell, was filmed near a Nevada nuclear testing site, 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 out by collector’s to this day. The Colt Python revolvers were discontinued, then re-introduced, with the originals being of much higher quality overall so the price for these fantastic weapons continues to appreciate. This example has a brite stainless steel finish, one of the less-common finishes for these revolvers and has a 6″ barrel making it suitable for target shooting or even sidearm hunting. It’s also in high enough condition that it will serve as a highlight in any collection of Colt’s Serpent guns. It’ll even make for an authentic Rick Grimes Walking Dead costume for Halloween. Now, ready, aim, bid!