SOLD FOR: $2,775
Model: Python (Model I3640)
Serial Number: 86077E
Year of Manufacture: 1977 (Colt Serial Lookup)
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Double Action SA/DA Revolver with Swing Out Cylinder
Barrel Length: 4” Vent Rib, Full Underlug
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade pinned to the rib above the muzzle. The rear sight is a square notch insert in a fully adjustable mount pinned to the rear of the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood featuring Rampant Colt medallions. The grips show no notable wear or damage, just some faint handling and storage marks. The checkering is sharp. The grips are in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: 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 a faint turn line on the cylinder. There is no other notable wear or damage, just a few light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp and the pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks in each position tightly with no play when the trigger is pressed. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This handgun comes with a Colt cardboard box with a serial-matching label.
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 (at least, not as well), 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, and this example is in Excellent condition. The revolver retains 99% of its metal finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. Whether you’re looking for a great revolver for recreational shooting or to add to a Colt collection, this is a nice pony to add to any stable. Please see our pictures and good luck in your bidding!