SOLD FOR: $3,900.01
Model: Python Elite
Serial Number: PE02078
Year of Manufacture: 1998, as suggested on the test target.
Caliber: .357 Magnum & .38 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “PYTHON ELITE / *.357 MAGNUM *”, the right is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”The left side plate has the Rampant Colt logo, the left side of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle and a partially struck “O”. The crane and crane cut are marked with the serial number. The included test target is serialized to the revolver and has a date of 8/19/98.
Barrel Length: 6”, with full underlug and ventilated rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a black blade with an orange insert, pinned onto the ventilated rib. The top of the rib and frame are matte finished for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched and white outlined leaf in a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation; the base is pinned and slotted onto the top of the frame.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are a two piece semi-gloss finished laminated wood set with silver-colored Colt logo medallions; the front of the grips wrap around the fore strap of the grip frame, exposing the serrated back strap. The left medallion sits unevenly in the stock, appearing to have left the factory this way. The stocks show only faint scuffs with no cracks or chip losses. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Brushed & Matte Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a faint drag line and there are a few extremely sparse and faint scuff marks present. This revolver looks to have been used infrequently and was well taken care of in the interim. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. As with the lineage of Python revolvers, the cylinder produces absolutely solid full lockup of all 6 chambers with crisp trigger pulls. 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 period-correct but non-serialized blue plastic hard case from the Colt factory, showing light marks but missing its end label, rating in about Fine Plus condition. A 15 yard factory test target which is serialized to the revolver is included, showing that this item can produce a 0.733” (center to center) 6-shot group! Also included is an owner’s manual, service work notice, Massachusetts warning, registration card, clear factory plastic bag, hang tag and clear chamber indicator are all included, in about Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: The Colt Python Elite was introduced to fill a void in the market after the discontinuation of the original Python. The name is synonymous with rigid construction and captivating styling. This Elite looks to have been used seldom and is shown on paper to produce some impressive groups at 15 yards. The original factory hard case, factory paperwork, a clear chamber indicator and test target are included, making this a nice find for those seeking a home defense or duty carry item. Nothing scares bad guys away faster than whipping your python out! Please see our pictures and good luck.