SOLD FOR: $3700
Model: Python (Model #I3680)
Serial Number: PY8868
Date of Manufacture: 1994 (COLT Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver With Swing Out Cylinder
Barrel Length: 8”, Vent Rib
Sights/Optics: The rear sight is a white outlined square notch adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap of the frame. The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with an orange plastic insert pinned to the top of the rib. 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 with silver-colored Colt medallions. The grips have minor handling wear with a few scattered marks, most notable are scratches on the right just above the checkering. There are no rips or tears. The checkering is well defined. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 98% of its finish. The action shows very minor operational wear. The cylinder has a thin, faint turn line, mostly not through the finish. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play when the trigger is depressed. The trigger is smooth in double action, and crisp in single action. We have not fired this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Python comes in a blue plastic Colt box with serial-matching cardboard sleeve and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear-powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, 83 people were killed and at least 100 injured after two race cars collided in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 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 amazing example is 8”) and with maybe the finest machining and finishing ever seen in the industry, the Python has duly earned its reputation and continues to be highly sought after to this very day. The Colt Python revolvers are no longer being made like the originals, so the value of these weapons will continue to appreciate.
This 8″ blued revolver from 1994 has been lovingly cared for over the past 29 years, retaining a great bore, strong mechanics, and nearly all of its original finish. With its factory box and its high condition, this would be a very welcome addition to just about any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud