THE Gold Standard


October 13, 2004, 04:54 PM
Although my first gun was a Colt, I consider myself to be a Smith & Wesson man. While at the gun shop today I handled a Python for the first time. Never before have I experienced a trigger so smooth or clean, and this will forever serve as my comparison other for trigger feel. Now I understand the whole "glass rod" metaphor used to describe a perfect trigger. Given the sometimes delicate nature of Pythons, and the HEFTY price tag, I think I'd still rather have a S&W with a trigger job, but that Python is one beautiful piece. As an example of this, they also had a 686P with a trigger job that was just as smooth as the Python, if not smoother, and it was only $550 (compared to $899 used). Looks like one of my guns might be going off for some work.

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Standing Wolf
October 13, 2004, 07:05 PM
I think I'd still rather have a S&W with a trigger job...

I own a number of both pre-agreement Smith & Wessons and Colt Pythons. My best Smith & Wesson trigger is nearly as good as an average Python's. My best Python's trigger is unequalled in any revolver I've ever owned, but is actually no better than the trigger on my best High Standard .22 match pistol.

Beyond a certain point, of course, the differences are extremely subtle, and current production Python triggers are nothing like they used to be.

Pythons, by the way, are so-called "delicate" only if they're shot very fast in double action with lots of full power ammunition. Shot normally, they'll last forever and a Sunday afternoon.

October 13, 2004, 08:06 PM
Most every Colt revolver has a damn good trigger, at least the ones I own and have felt. Though, the Python's is king of the road.

October 13, 2004, 08:47 PM
Ive always wanted a python but all i see are the new elites with 1300$ price tags are they really worth it ?

October 13, 2004, 09:32 PM
Worth? To who? There's your answer.

Is a loaded Porsch 911 Turbo worth $147,000.00 To some, yes. To some, no.


October 13, 2004, 09:47 PM
ok from a person who shoots a lot stand point is it worth the cost or just as said pick up a smith and have a trigger job done ... never shot a python so im trying to think do i want to spend that kind of $$ i dont know anyone with one either..

October 13, 2004, 10:56 PM
I don't own any SW's, own several Colt Revolvers... no Python YET. But I expect I'll pick one up someday.

October 13, 2004, 11:44 PM
A Colt Python is a thing of beauty and an object of desire. When I qualified with the big snake, (50 shots, score 100,, number of holes in target=1), the rangemaster asked me if I had really put the last rounds through the hole I had drilled or just shot into the backstop. BTW, at the time, I was carrying a SIG P226 and had not shot a revolver in years. It is a great gun. That being said, I only own S & W's. I borrowed the Colt just to see if I could qualify on a revolver in case I wanted to carry one.

October 14, 2004, 01:46 AM
A question for those of you that have been raving about the Python's trigger. Are you referring to the DA pull, the SA pull or both. My limited experience with Colt revolvers has led me to believe that their SA is as good as or better than a Smith, but that the Smith always had the better DA pull.

October 17, 2004, 05:43 AM
I've owned quite a few Smiths, but the best was a Model 28-2 that had been massaged by an armorer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. I can't imagine a smoother, crisper action.

October 18, 2004, 02:18 AM
ron in PA -

we are refering, at least it has been my experience, to the python's DA trigger stroke.

the only smith that could come close to my tuned pythons action was a PPC tuned smith K-frame. the smith was tuned to reliabily pop the primers of winchester mid-range wadcutters, my python was my duty gun and stroked with CCI .357 magnum 140gr JHPs

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