Sold For: $1,858.00
Serial Number: V41292
Date of Manufacture: 1979 (http://www.guncollectorsclub.com/python.htm)
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 “F”.
Barrel Length: The vent rib barrel with full underlug is 4”.
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a square notched rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap of the frame. The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert, pinned to the top of the rib. The top of the barrel rib and the top strap have a matte black finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are oversized checkered walnut that enclose the front strap and the bottom of the grip frame, exposing the serrated back strap; the upper portions have gold-colored logo medallions. Both panels have deep marks on the rear and butt portions, please see our pictures. The other areas have a few light rub marks, they are free of visible cracks or damages. The grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: High Luster Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, thought a few spots of lead fowling are present.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 97% of its finish. The cylinder has a faint drag line and a few thin scratches. The back strap of the grip frame has a few rubbed areas on the serrations. The other metal surfaces are free of any notable wear or damages, it does not look to have been used very often. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play. The trigger is Extremely smooth in double action, and crisp in single action. The action functions correctly. We have not fired this revolver. This revolver has a wide target style hammer and a serrated trigger.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Colt Python was first introduced in 1955, the same year as Smith & Wesson’s M29 .44 Magnum. The now discontinued Python targeted the premium revolver market, and some firearm collectors and writers such as Jeff Cooper and Ian V. Hogg have described the Python as the finest production revolver ever made. If this revolver is any example, they are certainly right! The tight lockup, smooth action and heavy barrel make this a perfect choice for home protection, however these Pythons are not made anymore and collectors will line up just to handle it. This revolver is in Excellent condition with nearly all of its finish left, with very little use noted, pretty good for a 1970’s revolver.