Need help deciding, input welcome!


November 21, 2005, 08:46 AM
Okay guys, help me out. Here's my dilemma...

I attend a gun show yesterday and happened across a sweet, near mint condition, matte stainless steel Colt Python with original box. (I've lusted after one for years) The barrel was clean, the lock up tight, no endshake, the forcing cone fine, trigger smooth, finish intact except for one minor scratch, etc. ~ all for a cool $975.

So far, so good, right? Not so fast...

After putting down my money and filling out the necessary paperwork my date and I strolled back over to another table where I'd found a beautiful Bushmaster M-4gery for the exact same price. Hmmmm. Now I don't currently own an EBR (Evil Black Rifle for the benefit of newbies) but have been planning to pick one up ever since they lifted the ban and definitely intend on purchasing one sometime before Bush leaves office - just in case we get another Democrat.

Well, there I was torn between the Python and the Bushmaster. I have to confess that price was playing a role, because I was having a hard time justifying (no matter how badly I wanted it) the forking over of nearly a grand for a handgun. On the other hand, the rifle normally runs in that price range so it would be an expected expense. Of course my date was all for getting the Python, in fact she was the one who helped talk me into it at the table with her "You might as well get it, you know want one. Besides, you'll shoot it more often than a rifle." Then there was the guy next to me saying he'd buy it if I didn't, because those guns are collectible and going up in value, and so on and so forth.

Still.....I cannot help feeling a little guilty for shelling out that much for a handgun. I'd come to the show thinking maybe I'd get lucky and stumble across a nice Ruger New Model Vaquero in .357 Magnum (as if...:rolleyes: ) or perhaps drop $500-$600 on a Glock 30 or another Smith & Wesson snub. I never dreamed I'd be taken in by the siren song of the big Colt.

So, what would you guys do? Stick with picking up the Python? Or cancel the sale and grab the Bushie?

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November 21, 2005, 09:07 AM
I, too am looking for a nice python and they have proven to be fairly rare, at least for what I want. So, I would advise getting the python and waiting on the bushy.


November 21, 2005, 09:25 AM
Pythons are hard to come by. M4gery's aren't.


November 21, 2005, 10:02 AM
My opinion is that Pythons suck. They are beautiful, and I once fell for one. When I got it, the double action was awful. Now they can be tuned, but there are few people capable of doing the job. I shoot double action, so I got rid of it, and bought another Smith. Colt may be a little more accurate than a Smith, due to different twist, but likely you will shell out big bucks to get one tuned properly for a good double action. If you only shoot single action, then the Python is OK. Not to say that you should forego a good one if the action is already smooth, but that is unlikely. Pull the trigger DA, and you will likely feel a big stackup and rough pull.

November 21, 2005, 10:07 AM
Get the Python , Getting rare and it has the box.
You been wanting one for years and it is not going to get easier as time moves on to find a nice one.

November 21, 2005, 10:27 AM
I'd get the Bushie, but I'm no collector, firearms are just tools to me. No reason to spend that kind of money on what is essentially a backup weapon...

November 21, 2005, 10:34 AM
Python. No reasoned answer, it's just the one I'd want more.

November 21, 2005, 11:32 AM
If you've been wanting a Python for years, get it and immediately start saving up for an M4gery.:)

November 21, 2005, 12:12 PM
I got my Python back in '71 NIB and wish I could find another to go with it. Been happy every time I take her to the range. 6" and as smooth as they come. GO FOR IT :D :)

Kramer Krazy
November 21, 2005, 12:26 PM

November 21, 2005, 08:39 PM
Python. Bushmasters are a dime a dozen (figuratively speaking). You can't order minty Pythons from your local gun shop anymore.

Standing Wolf
November 21, 2005, 08:54 PM
I'd get the Python; then again, I've been adopting Pythons in need of a good home for years.

November 21, 2005, 10:08 PM
Pythons are hard to come by. M4gery's aren't.


you can buy another AR15 today
the nice NIB Python might be a wee tougher to find.

November 21, 2005, 10:13 PM
Python...this from a guy who wouldn't even consider purchasing one. You've always wanted one and may never have another opportunity. You can order the Bushmaster any day of the week.

I do find it a bit interesting that you are considering two guns...both of which are named after snakes. :neener:

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