SOLD FOR: $4,115
Serial Number: LA3273
Year of Manufacture: 1980 (http://www.guncollectorsclub.com/python.htm)
Caliber: .357 Magnum & .38 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “PYTHON 357 / *357 MAGNUM CTG*”, the right side is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”, the left side plate has Colt’s rampant logo, the left front of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle, and “E” on the rear portion. The crane and crane cut have the serial number. The left side of the grip frame is marked “F / D / N / H / 5 / CC”, the right is marked “5”. The grip panels have gold-colored rampant Colt medallions.
Barrel Length: 8” with Full Underlug & Ventilated Rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blued serrated ramp blade that is pinned fore to aft into the ventilated rib, the rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf set in a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation; the base of the rear sight is slotted and pinned into the frame.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut stocks with gold-colored rampant Colt logo medallions. The stocks only show light marks, most notably on the butt of both pieces. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Polished Nickel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is a little bit of persistent lead fowling but no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance is represented by shallow wispy scuff marks that do not penetrate the surface. There is some light wear on the left side of the barrel by the muzzle and the cylinder has a faint drag line. The bottom of the barrel’s underlug has some small spots of frosting present. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is only the slightest amount of play in the chambers during full lockup with no perceptible back play. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a correct yellow ‘caution’ hang tag that were included with boxed Pythons from the factory. The tag has some wrinkling but no losses or major damage, rating in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful Colt Python in polished nickel, sporting an 8” barrel with full underlug and ventilated rib. The surfaces only show light scuffs and a few small spots of shallow frosting. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion, making this a welcomed edition to any collection. These are highly sought after and are known for their reliability and superb accuracy. Although some may flinch at the thought of shooting such a highly collectible firearm, if you are brave enough to shoot this beautiful revolver you are sure to be delighted, especially a coveted Nickel model in such nice condition; let’s all admit though, this would be an incredible revolver to take to the range. If you live in California, a Private Party Transfer, such as we offer here, is just about the only way to acquire a factory Nickel Colt Python. Please see our pictures and good luck.