Found a nice 4" blued colt python at a gun show this weekend.425.00$ I couldnt belive it,Had some blueing wear on the barrel and a little on the cylinder.Is there someplace i can look up the serial number to get a production date?
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October 25, 2004, 08:08 PM
Good Buy!! If it is in any kind of shape at all, an excellent deal!
Post the first 4 of the serial number here and either myself or Dfariswheel (or others) will give you a date. Or, you could go out and buy your OWN little blue Colt book!
Oh yeah....Post some pics too!
October 25, 2004, 08:23 PM
Lets see some pics
October 25, 2004, 08:25 PM
The only problem was I only brought enough cash for ammo (never thought id find anything).Good news is I had my SIG 239 so I made the swap.The serial # is K57423
October 25, 2004, 08:26 PM
No digital cam.Gonna take some this weekend
October 25, 2004, 08:38 PM
Your Python was made in 1981.
The year started off at K16266, and ended around K75747.
October 25, 2004, 08:44 PM
October 25, 2004, 09:13 PM
Snake Eyes what little colt blue book are you refering to?And where would I get one?
October 25, 2004, 09:27 PM
You didn't buy it: you stole it.
October 25, 2004, 09:39 PM
Well its about time somebody gets over on them like theve been doing us. LOL
October 25, 2004, 09:44 PM
He also had a trooper for 375. It was in perfect condition
October 25, 2004, 09:46 PM
Man i would have loved to get a trooper for that Price
October 25, 2004, 10:30 PM
I got a six inch blued Python with at least 95% of the finish remaining for $425, but that was several years ago. Also got an eight inch on with about 98% of the blue remaining for $450 about six months before getting the six incher. It is really hard to find Pythons at these prices these days.
October 26, 2004, 03:23 AM
The Colt little blue book is officially titled Colt's Dates of Manufacture by R.L. Wilson. It covers all Colts manufactured from 1837 to 1978 by model and serial number. I see in my copy that it is published with the permission of Simon & Schuster, possibly by copyright holder David Madis. I get mine at the local well-stocked gun store. It's about the size and color of a US passport.
There is also a publication called Dates of Manufacture: Colt Sporting Firearms, put out by Firing Pin Enterprizes (http://www.firingpin.com). I find this one difficult to use, and I question its accuracy.
Frankly, with dfariswheel around, I don't have much use for any Colt reference material. The man is a fount of Colt knowledge.
October 26, 2004, 08:55 PM
Whoa, Thanks for the confidence.
There's another good source of serial number and production info.
That's R.L. Wilson's book "Colt: An American Heritage".
Colt considers this to be the "Official" production history of Colt firearms.
The book shows pictures and brief descriptions of EVERY Colt firearm model produced from 1836 to 1985.
Most of the models shown are profusely engraved and inlaid show models.
In the back of the book is all known serial number and production info up to the publication date in 1985.
You can buy this book from most book sellers, often discounted.
October 26, 2004, 09:21 PM
$425 is excellent. Kudos to the sharp shopper.:cool:
October 28, 2004, 07:43 PM
Actually, dfariswheel, if you wouldn't mind taking another peek at your book, I bought a used Python yesterday at a local gun store for about $875, 6" barrel, synthetic ergo grips, stainless finish. Serial number is PE01293. You'll be helping a nice lady (me!) out.
October 28, 2004, 08:25 PM
Sorry, that's a Post-1985 gun.
The publicly available numbers end with 1985.
To get a production date, just call Colt. They will give dates over the phone, but NO other info.
October 29, 2004, 07:07 PM
thanks agian for the help. http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-2/657161/python.jpg
October 30, 2004, 08:45 AM
Serial number is PE01293
Based solely upon information that I have been gathering from other posts, PFO1523 was known to be 1997 production, I would surmize that PEO1293 is probably 1996 or thereabouts.
October 31, 2004, 11:25 PM
A terrific deal. Congrats. My checkbook is glad I haven't found a bargain like you did.