SOLD FOR: $3687.99
Model: Python, Model I3620
Serial Number: LA5221
Date of Manufacture: 1980 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .38 Special/.357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver With Swing Out Cylinder
Barrel Length: 2 1/2″, Vent Rib
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade pinned to the barrel rib. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base pinned to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with gold-colored Colt medallions. Theleft panel has a little minor wear at the bottom-rear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore, but there is some stubborn fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 97% of its finish. There are a few little nicks and thin, minor scratches. The cylinder has a faint turn line. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in Fine-plus 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. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
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 are no longer being made (or at least, not made like this!), 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 is a blued model with a desirable 2 1/2″ barrel, it looks beautiful and has a lot of its original finish remaining. It should draw the eyes of collectors and shooters, both. Please see our pictures and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud