Found a Colt Python for $500, need to know what things to inspect


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forrestd
October 31, 2006, 03:50 PM
I found a guy locally selling a blued 4" Colt Python for $500. He says it was a service revolver, has a low round count, original everything, with a little holster wear.

Does that price sound about right? Also, what kinds of things should I look at to make sure it's mechanically sound and not going to blow up in my face? Many thanks in advance. :)

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DogBonz
October 31, 2006, 03:58 PM
for not buying it...:D

forrestd
October 31, 2006, 04:00 PM
Hey! I can't meet the guy until Saturday. ;) Otherwise I'd tell my boss I was going home sick for the day. :)

XavierBreath
October 31, 2006, 04:01 PM
Revolver checkout: how to tell if a particular specimen is any good (http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=57816) This thread will tell you what to check.

If it looks decent though, buy it now! Worry about the rest later. You will always be able to get $500 back out of it, unless you beat it to death in a box of rusty logging chains.

Steve C
October 31, 2006, 04:03 PM
The guy selling it hasn't kept up on Python prices. For $500 I would snatch it up before he found out that they're selling for over $1000 and worry about any problems later. If he's talked to anyone else its probably gone by now. Look for the obvious things. You can read the "sticky" at the beginning of this topic regarding what to look for in used revolvers.

forrestd
October 31, 2006, 04:12 PM
Xavier, that is exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you! :D

Majic
October 31, 2006, 04:30 PM
He says it was a service revolver, has a low round count, original everything, with a little holster wear.
That right there would make me look at it real hard. If nothing else a service revolver would have holster wear. Also if it is indeed a Python. I have seen other Colts people have tried to pass off because they say they just didn't know.

forrestd
October 31, 2006, 04:50 PM
That right there would make me look at it real hard. If nothing else a service revolver would have holster wear. Also if it is indeed a Python. I have seen other Colts people have tried to pass off because they say they just didn't know.

Look at it hard because you'd be very interested, or you'd inspect the ever-loving hell out of it because you'd be suspicious of its condition?

Thanks for the heads up about people incorrectly calling their wheelgun a Python. I'll definitely double-check for that.

Dark Helmet
October 31, 2006, 07:37 PM
Inspect your wallet for the $500!

forrestd
October 31, 2006, 07:40 PM
The money's there, I just hope the weather's good enough so that I can drive over Snoqualmie Pass to meet the guy on Saturday. :uhoh:

dfariswheel
October 31, 2006, 08:02 PM
These days, for a $500 Python in good condition, I'd crawl over a mountain pass on my hands and knees, and be darned quick about it.

Majic
October 31, 2006, 08:20 PM
I would look at it hard because I would be suspicious about it. If it is the genuine article then it would never leave my hands.

forrestd
October 31, 2006, 08:24 PM
I'll proceed with caution then. Thanks for the heads up.

10-Ring
October 31, 2006, 08:30 PM
I just bought a circa '67-68 Python for $750 and thought I got a deal! Get that wheelgun ASAP! ;)

elric
October 31, 2006, 09:03 PM
For $500, if its in good shape mechanically, even with quite a bit of holster wear, I'd sure snap it up.

MishMash
November 1, 2006, 06:04 PM
Hmmm........
A Python at $500? It's a half off sale.
A "little holster wear"? Heck, that's nothing more than "character"!

What was that phone number, again?

Regards

sixgunner455
November 1, 2006, 06:40 PM
I regret not buying one I saw at about that price a few years ago. Most of the bluing was worn off both sides of the barrel. It was a 4", I want a 6". That was the reason I keep telling myself I didn't pay more attention to it.

Should have bought it.

forrestd
November 4, 2006, 08:11 PM
Well there's a bit more holster wear on it than I would have liked, but everything else checked out great. He even threw in a few boxes of both .38 spl and .357 mag. There were even a few rounds of snake shot in there. :eek: Thanks for the advice guys! It was definitely worth it. Pictures to come later. :)

Dark Helmet
November 4, 2006, 08:14 PM
Cool!:cool:

Standing Wolf
November 4, 2006, 08:42 PM
It was definitely worth it.

Yeah, and the sun rises in the east most mornings, too.

forrestd
November 7, 2006, 01:07 AM
All right, here's pictures as promised!

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m213/upsciLLion/Picture2244Large.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m213/upsciLLion/Picture2245Large.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m213/upsciLLion/Picture2246Large.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m213/upsciLLion/Picture2247Large.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m213/upsciLLion/Picture2251Large.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m213/upsciLLion/Picture2254Large.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m213/upsciLLion/Picture2255Large.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m213/upsciLLion/Picture2256Large.jpg

Dr.Rob
November 7, 2006, 01:15 AM
What's Colt charging for a re-blue these days?

forrestd
November 7, 2006, 01:39 AM
What's Colt charging for a re-blue these days?

I have no idea. I'd be interested in finding out. If it's not too much, I'd certainly consider it (sooner rather than later I mean ;)).

HighVelocity
November 7, 2006, 02:06 AM
These days, for a $500 Python in good condition, I'd crawl over a mountain pass on my hands and knees, and be darned quick about it.

Don't forget your reflective triangle. :neener:


Hey good deal on the python, finish wear or not, it's a python.

FCinCA
November 7, 2006, 02:42 AM
Colt charges 280 for the reblue. Add an additional 125 for recutting the roll marks.

FC

The Real Hawkeye
November 7, 2006, 08:35 AM
Check out the bore for any swells. Sometimes they are hard to see. This is the result of firing a too light target load, causing the bullet to get stuck halfway down the barrel. Next round fires, also a light target load. Result is a swelled bore. If magnums had been fired under those circumstances, it would have been an exploded barrel.

XavierBreath
November 7, 2006, 03:44 PM
I would never reblue that Python! It might look nicer, but it will be worth less. It would also become a range princess rather than a gun you can carry and not worry about.

You got a great deal. Don't ruin it with a reblue!

DogBonz
November 7, 2006, 04:50 PM
Colt charges 280 for the reblue. Add an additional 125 for recutting the roll marks.


So, they remove the roll marks when they reblue?

Socrates
November 7, 2006, 05:48 PM
I'd ship that gun to Jack Huntington Advanced Gunsmithing, (530)268-6877, and have him go through it. I don't know what he charges for rebluing, but, he does fantastic work.

He worked for Colt for 9 years, so he knows their guns.

Here's an example of a reblue he did for me on a 45 Seville:
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f99/Socrates28/seville%207%202006/Sevillebarrelcodywyoming-1.jpg
This gun has the best blue job I've EVER scene, period.!!! Looks like a deep blue lake...
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f99/Socrates28/JACKS%20AND%20EDS%20GUNS/Eds5002gripleft.jpg

That's a presentation grade finish.

S

winchester62
November 9, 2006, 08:44 PM
Did you not get the original grips with this gun? Hate to say it but it makes what would have been a decent deal rather mediocre. You still have a great shooter that you don't need to baby, but those grips (originals) are selling for 200+. Either way - don't worry now. Just shoot the heck out of that thing and enjoy it!

4v50 Gary
November 9, 2006, 08:49 PM
At $500 you did good.

Ohen Cepel
November 9, 2006, 09:13 PM
You did very well!

It's worn, but looks like honest wear and you have a Python. Many lesser guns today are selling for much more.

I would be happy to give you a 10% return on you money if I lived in you neck of the woods for it:D

Gordon
November 9, 2006, 09:18 PM
FWIW: I just saw a 6" Python in much nicer condition that this one for $650. It also has Pach grips :rolleyes: and the rear sight pin has scratches around it. :banghead: Other wise it is tight, wonderful blue and a velvety action. I think it is a late 60's gun. 831-722-6945 this is in Ca.dealer(Central Calif.), out of state sale would NOT be taxed or transfer fee (from Ca.)in Ca would be. I already have a Whitetailer in the Haliburton box and a nice old 2.5".

vynx
November 10, 2006, 12:06 PM
Gordon - I thought a dealer in Cal could only sell handguns on the DOJ approved list? I saw they have a Colt Python on the list but the model number & description is I3060CS Python / Stainless Steel.

As I understand it any other model, such as you mentioned, can only be solf private party face to face, consignment or out of state. A dealer cannot ship it to an FFL in state for the transfer even. I'm not an expert - just what my FFL told me.

$650 seems like a great price for Cal. - I bought a re-finished satin nickle 1976 colt python 6" barrel with Hogue grips for $750 - not a great deal but its ok.

FCinCA
November 10, 2006, 12:25 PM
When they do the reblue they have to strip the gun down by a polisher. This smooths out the roll marks and (in some cases if not done correctly rounds the corners). A recut is recommended but not necessary.

FC

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