SOLD FOR: $3900
Serial Number: 52244
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Double Action SA/DA 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 “52244” and “U”. The 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 “S”.
Barrel Length: 6”, Vent Rib 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 painted orange 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 & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut each with a Gold Rampant Colt medallion. The grips show just a few light dings and nicks, primarily on the butt of the grips. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore is a 9 or 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a faint turn line on the cylinder. There are a few superficial nicks and scratches along the top strap. There is a small patch of surface oxidation on the trigger guard. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks in each position with barely perceptible play when the trigger is pressed. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This handgun comes with its original matching Colt cardboard box and an Allen brown soft-sided carrying pouch.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear-powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, the first cans of Coca-Cola were sold, 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 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. 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. The revolvers by themselves are becoming harder and harder to find, making it difficult to bring oneself to actually fire a Python. This revolver has what is really very minor wear, clean markings, a bright bore, and comes with the original factory. This would be a welcome addition to just about any collection, but is sure to also still be a great revolver for recreational shooting or self-defense (helluva gun for that, actually). Good luck in your bidding! J. Ren