Sold For: $3,346.00
Model: Python Stainless
Serial Number: K97904
Date of Manufacture: 1982 (http://pistolsmith.com/colt-revolvers/19430-python-serial-s-up-1985-look-them-up-here.html)
Caliber: .38 Special/.357 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot Single and Double Action Revolver With Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “PYTHON .357 / * .357 MAGNUM CTG. *”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The flat under the crane and the crane are marked with the serial number. The left sideplate is marked with a “Rampant Colt” logo. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with “P”. The grip panels have gold-colored Colt logo medallions.
Barrel Length: The vent rib barrel with full underlug is 6”.
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a square notched rear leaf sight adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap of the frame. The front sight is a serrated ramp blade, 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 & Condition: The grips are nice checkered walnut stocks that enclose the front grip strap, the flanks have gold-colored logo medallions and checkering. There are a few minor marks, most of which go unnotcied until close review, the grips are free from major damages, though the rear portions have some odd finishing marks from the factory, please see our pictures. The grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Brushed & Matte Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 97% of its finish. There are two marks on the underside of the lug, the cylinder has a thin drag line of shallow depth. A few scuff marks are found on the surfaces, none of which perturb the surfaces. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play. The trigger is Extremely smooth in double action, light and crisp in single action. We have not fired this revolver. This revolver has a wide target style hammer and a serrated trigger.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a wood grain cardboard outer sleeve, missing its end flaps, though the original serialized end label is included, reflecting the configuration of the revolver. The outer sleeve has heavy wear and losses, in Fair condition. The inner cardboard halves are provided, showing compression and small losses, in Very Good condition. An NRA insert and congratulatory Colt insert, owner’s manual and service station pamphlets are included, sitting on the boxes plastic bag that still has the red tape strap, in Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: From http://world.guns.ru/handguns/double-action-revolvers/usa/colt-python-e.html “The “Python” revolver was introduced by Colt company (USA) in 1955. It was awailable in different barrel lenghts, suitable for self-defence (2.5 and 4 in barels), service (4 and 6 in barrels), hunting and target shooting (4 – 8 in variants). Early “Pythons”, especailly those without letters in the serial numbers (made from 1955 until mid-1960’s) were indeed very accurate guns, often compared to Manurhin MR-73’s or SIG P210’s. Some time ago Colt discontinued the “Python” series in favor of the more modern “Kingcobra” revolver, but it is (probably) still available through Colt Custom Shop. All Pythons were double-action, swing-out cylinder revolvers. Sights: blade post fron sight with polymer insert; rear sights with removable sight blade are screw ajustable for both windage and elevation. Barrel is screwed into the frame and featured vented upper rib and full-lenght bottom rib that houses full lenght extractor rod. Internal safety consist of Colt’s patented transfer bar and cylinder stop (fixes cylinder when hammer is cocked).” This revolver looks to have seen minimal use and simply looks stunning. Instead of opting for the high gloss Royal Blue or Nickel finishes of old, one can actually take this revolver out to the range without immediate fear of putting a new mark down. The bore is bright with sharp rifling, the quick pointing sights and SOLID mechanical full lockup of the cylinder automatically hints at tight target groups with .38 Special and can easily fire .357 Magnum every day of the week unlike some lesser designs. If desired, this could make for a highly effective home defense revolver; after all, nothing is scarier than an angry home owner whipping out their 6″ Python. If Samuel Colt was handed this revolver back in his day, he would surely pass out. Please see our pictures and good luck.