SOLD FOR: $2576.99
Model: Python, Model I3060
Serial Number: T19764
Date of Manufacture: 1983 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup), Proofed in Munich, 1984
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver With Swing Out Cylinder
Barrel Length: The vent rib barrel with full underlug is 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade pinned to the front of the rib. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base pinned to the topstrap. 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 have some light wear, nicks and crazing in the finish around the edges, most notable at the bottom. Otherwise, the panels show fairly minor handling wear. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original. There are Munich commercial proof marks on the left-rear of the barrel, the rear face of the cylinder and the crane-cut on the frame. The crane cut also has an import mark.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore, but there is some scattered stubborn fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 8+ out of 10.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 96% of its finish. There are a few scattered minor nicks, small scratches and some light scuffing. The cylinder has a thin turn-line. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play when the 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 & Accessories: This revolver comes in a black plastic Flambeau carry case.
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 were discontinued, then re-introduced, but the originals appear to still be of much higher quality 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 example has a 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 handgun hunting. It’s also a world traveler, having Munich commercial proof marks from 1984 and an import mark which we believe is from The Attic Imports in Minot, ND. The gun is in high enough condition that it will fit well in a collection of Colt’s Serpent revolvers, and its foreign proofs certainly give it a little more history than most similar condition guns that have never left the US. It should also still prove to be a great shooter. Please see our pictures and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California -Bud