Colt Python Royal Blue 6” .357 Magnum Double Action Revolver, 1978

SOLD FOR: $2612.99

LSB#: 230404CL003

Make: Colt

Model: Python

Serial Number: 92091E

Year of Manufacture: 1978 (Colt Serial Lookup)

Caliber: .357 Magnum

Action Type: Double Action SA/DA Revolver with Swing Out Cylinder

Barrel Length: 6”, Vent Rib and Full Underlug

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade pinned to the top of the rib. The rear sight is a 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 & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with gold-colored Colt medallions. The grips show no notable wear or damage, just some light handling marks. The checkering is well defined, mostly sharp. There are no chips or cracks.  The grips are in Excellent overall condition. The original contoured wooden grips with finger grooves are included but not installed.

Type of Finish: Royal Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, this bore rates a 9 or 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows no notable wear or damage, just a few light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp to lightly tooled. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent 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: This revolver comes with a wooden presentation case with a Colt Custom medallion on the inside of the lid and a deep blue fabric interior. Also, the alternate/original wooden grips as described above are included.

Our Assessment: The Colt Python was first introduced in 1955, the same year as Smith & Wesson’s M29 .44 Magnum. The now-discontinued Python targeted the premium revolver market, and some firearm collectors and writers such as Jeff Cooper and Ian V. Hogg have described the Python as the finest production revolver ever made. We tend to agree, and this is a nice example. This specimen is in Excellent condition with 99% of its finish, a great bore, strong mechanics and comes in a beautiful presentation case. The 6? barrel is a little bit long for carry but is great for target shooting and handgun hunting. That said, in this condition and considering that they aren’t making them like this anymore, collectors will likely show interest, too. Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding!

-J. Ren

Colt Python Royal Blue 6” .357 Magnum Double Action Revolver, 1978
Colt Python Royal Blue 6” .357 Magnum Double Action Revolver, 1978