SOLD FOR $7,525.00
Model: Python, Model I3020
Serial Number: KT9303
Date of Manufacture: 1992
Caliber: .38 Special/.357 Magnum
Action Type: 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 crane cut 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 “G”.
Barrel Length: The vent rib barrel with full underlug is 2.5”
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a square notched white-outlined 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 smooth dark wood with a stripe of lighter color down the left panel. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in Excellent overall condition as not original to the revolver.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 96% of its finish. The frame has a small scuff mark on the left side above and in front of the cylinder. The cylinder has a turn line and some light scuffing at the rear of and behind the flutes. There are some light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play when trigger is depressed. The action functions correctly. We have not fired this revolver. This revolver has a wide target style hammer and a serrated trigger. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a blue plastic Colt box with an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and orange “stop-sign” hang tag as well as a cardboard sleeve for the box with serial matching label. The sleeve is covered with prints of old Colt promotional material and a potrtait of Sam Colt with their logo on one side. The sleeve has light wear at edges and corners with a few small tears, in about Good-Very Good condition. The box has no notable wear or damage, in about Excellent condition. Also included is a Colt Letter authenticating this revolver’s barrel length and finish. The letter is in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: In 1955, the United States launched the first nuclear powered submarine, West Germany joined NATO, and Colt began shipping the finest precision combat and target revolver ever made. Each revolver was hand-tuned at the factory and this attention to detail shows both cosmetically and in operation. With barrel lengths ranging from 2.5″, such as this example, to 8″ and with some of the finest machining and finishing ever seen in the industry, the Python has earned its reputation and continues to be sought after to this day. The Colt Python revolvers are no longer being made, so the price for these fantastic weapons are just going to continue to appreciate. The revolvers by themselves are becoming harder and harder to find, making it difficult to bring oneself to actually fire a Python. This example is a stainless steel finish, one of the less-common finishes for these revolvers and should draw the eyes of collectors with its high condition, original box and with paperwork including Colt Letter. Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California but CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. This does not apply to out of state residents.