Serial Number: 68641
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Double Action Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “PYTHON 357 / .357 MAGNUM CTG” with a five point star on each end of the lower line. The crane cut is marked “68641”. The crane is marked “68641”. The left side plate has the Rampant Colt. The left top front of the trigger guard has the Colt Verified proof mark and the left top rear of the trigger guard is marked “V”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO.HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”.
Barrel Length: 6″
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a serrated ramp front sight pinned to the vented rib. There is a square notch rear sight that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered wood, with Gold medallions. The grips show practically no wear, and only the most insignificant dulling to the checkering from box storage. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is just a bit of fouling, but no erosion or pitting in the bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The only wear on this sharp pistol is in the form of a faint drag line on the cylinder. There is no holster wear at the muzzle, no thinning or scratching on the trigger guard. The blue is absolutely brilliant, and this revolver has obviously spent the vast majority of its life in the box. The back strap shows two freckled in the serrations, which should clean. The trigger barely even shows any wear. The Screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions as designed, both single and double action, though we have not test fired this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The gun comes in its original two-piece wood grain box, with the serial number in grease pencil on the back. The box is sound and in Fine condition, with only slight wear to the corners and marking to the lid. Both halves of the box, the desiccate pack, plastic bag, “Handling The Handgun” brochure, screw driver, and warranty card are included.
Our Assessment: The Colt Python is considered to be the pinnacle of Colt’s double action revolver manufacture. This example has the appropriate grips for its year of production and is original, with only almost o wear to speak of. It is a beautiful Colt blue and has a trigger for which the Python is justly famous. It deserves to be more than a “safe queen”, but since it has been one for 46 years, it should probably stay that way.
Sold For: $2,575