Colt Anaconda & Python Values?


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gruesomenewsom
February 8, 2008, 06:10 PM
Well I am aware that both pistols are no longer available except through Colt's custom shop, and the prices have risen. I saw a beautiful Anaconda (it was in a really nice case so maybe a presentation grade?) for $1000 and also found a Python in another store for $750. Are these handguns that are going to retain their value or perhaps increase in value? From what I've been told these are some real fantastic revolvers but myself being a Ruger fan 750-1k seems a bit much. What say you guys?

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Majic
February 8, 2008, 06:38 PM
They are no longer available at all. Colt no longer make a double action revolver. As to the prices considering what the condition could be the Python could be a deal while the price for the Anaconda is about on par for the market today. Don't look for either one to lose value anytime soon. Condition, age, barrel length, finish, and caliber will affect the pricing.

Markbo
February 8, 2008, 07:06 PM
It's all in the details. That Python price seems a bit low, but condition, finish, grips... they all count. And I wouldn't pay that much for an Anaconda. They are good, stout .44 guns, but I doubt they will ever be in as much demand as high quality Python.

Baba Louie
February 8, 2008, 08:23 PM
Are these handguns that are going to retain their value or perhaps increase in value?Yes and yes. People who collect Prancing Ponies will continue to do so. With a fixed quantity in place and more and more people on the planet, prices will continue to climb as the dollar shrinks.

I've seen 4" .45 Colt Anacondas priced near $2k, 6" near $1.5k. :what:
Limited numbers made in that size, that caliber. Is that amazing or what for a giant King Cobra?

gruesomenewsom
February 8, 2008, 09:21 PM
well I dont know too much about these colts yet ive only started the research. the python was a .357 and the anaconda was a .44 mag. If I remember correctly the python was blued finish (iirc) and the anaconda was polished stainless or nickel plated

Moonclip
February 8, 2008, 09:26 PM
If that Python is in any kind of decent shape you should buy it.

Starter52
February 8, 2008, 09:39 PM
I would have thought that $1K was the Python's price and $750 for the Anaconda.

The Lone Haranguer
February 8, 2008, 09:44 PM
Out here, most people are asking $1,000-plus for Pythons with good original finish.

Gator
February 8, 2008, 10:03 PM
That's kind of low for a decent Python. A run of the mill .44 Anaconda would be about $750, but certain models/caliber/barrel lengths go for more. A nice .45 Colt Anaconda could be easily 1K.

esheato
February 8, 2008, 10:26 PM
I just bought a Python for $1200...keep in mind I'm paying CA prices though.

Ed

gruesomenewsom
February 9, 2008, 09:54 PM
well I took a ride out today....the python was nickel plated, i didnt look at it in hand but in the case it looked darn good shape, original box and everything, and it was $850 (my bad). I'm still considering. it is a beautiful gun and looks to be in great shape. I need to get my returns back though before i consider anything

CU74
February 9, 2008, 11:28 PM
IMHO, $850 for a Python that is "...a beautiful gun and looks to be in great shape..." is a good price. Stainless Pythons have typically been priced about the same as the older (1955-1969) blued ones and commanded a $50-$100 premium over the newer (1970+) blued ones.

I got out of the Colt revolver "market" about eight months ago - the prices were getting way to high compared to early pinned and recessed Smith & Wesson K, L & N frame revolvers. My last Python purchase was in that price range, and at the time I was seeing a substantial number of $1,000+ sales on the on-line gun auctions.

The Lone Haranguer
February 9, 2008, 11:29 PM
Factory nickel? And the original box? :what: Can you put a deposit on it until you get your money? Someone else will snag it if you don't.

Seafarer12
February 9, 2008, 11:33 PM
The colt guys are going to say they are worth every penny. The Ruger, Smith, etc guys are going to say they are over priced and over hyped. I guess it all depends on what group you fall in. I fall in the latter.

GUNKWAZY
February 9, 2008, 11:34 PM
I agree, $850 for a minty boxed nickel Python would already be warming a spot in my safe.;)

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

Majic
February 10, 2008, 04:39 AM
Stainless Pythons have typically been priced about the same as the older (1955-1969) blued ones and commanded a $50-$100 premium over the newer (1970+) blued ones.
Not in prices I see for Pythons. The 1950s and early 1960s models in excellent condition command a healthy premium.

Baba Louie
February 10, 2008, 06:27 AM
gruesome... seriously, go snag that silver snake.
4"? 6"?
It will hold it's value. The box might even help add some time down the road. (ask if papers are there as well... don't know why, but some people seem to like that as well)

gruesomenewsom
February 10, 2008, 07:11 AM
i believe its a 6" barrel IIRC

The colt guys are going to say they are worth every penny. The Ruger, Smith, etc guys are going to say they are over priced and over hyped.

I would consider myself a ruger guy too. thing is my father probably has 50-60 guns and a lot of them are junk. I want a nice collection with some nice pieces in it and i figure this would be a nice add to the gun safe.

Firepower!
February 10, 2008, 09:21 AM
I have got pair of King Cobras, and I am not selling them. The snake series is not going to lose its value since they are no longer made. I think you should buy both, if you must chose one then I suggest Annaconda.

Bones11b
February 10, 2008, 01:07 PM
That price seems good on the Python depending ofcoure on condition. I personally know I will some day own a Python and the longer I wait the more I'll have to end up spending. Once had the chance to buy a 6" barreled blued python in very nice shape for $200! Too bad I was at my fathers supermarket and the seller was a "questionable character" who insisted on cash and no questions asked. Had to let that one go :banghead: Oh well my mom was just glad he didn't try to stick up the store :what:

Seafarer12
February 10, 2008, 03:18 PM
I would consider myself a ruger guy too. thing is my father probably has 50-60 guns and a lot of them are junk. I want a nice collection with some nice pieces in it and i figure this would be a nice add to the gun safe.

For collecting purposes you can't argue that a Colt would be a good safe queen. It will hold its value and probably increase. They cost so much and unless it was well used already I wouldn't shoot it. I know this is blasphemy but personally I would rather have a Ruger Old Model Blackhawk 45 convertable.

Snapping Twig
February 10, 2008, 08:10 PM
The way you describe it, I'd have it locked down for $850. Sell some blood or something, but find a way:)

Markbo
February 11, 2008, 12:28 PM
There is a 6" Python, factory nickle that is in 'very good' condition, i.e. not new in box for sale in Houston for $1495. If you can confirm that is factory nickle (it comes with the original box, right?) and it is in very god condition, that is a very good price.

welldoya
February 11, 2008, 05:21 PM
That sounds like a fair price for the Python.
I recently sold a 95% blued 6" Python for $750 and about $40 worth of trinkets and beads. Here is my experience :
You will see a lot of people asking outrageous prices for Pythons. Why ? Because they have read all the hype on the forums about how Pythons are worth a small fortune. Who put the hype out there ? PYTHON OWNERS!! :rolleyes:
When I was selling mine I got a ton of comments about what a steal it was and how they are worth $1,000+ blah, blah, blah. But everybody had just bought a gun and had no money. I've got a saying "Money talks and B.S. walks". And when somebody has an opinion on the worth of something but aren't pulling out their wallet, then that opinion is worth just what you paid for it.
So, if you like the gun, buy it. I don't think the prices are going to go down. I also don't think it's a raging steal but it's a fair price.
But I'll be honest with you. Pythons are picky compared to a Smith or Ruger. They are a beautiful gun but more prone to get out of timing and such.
But that's just my opinion and it's worth just what you paid for it.

gruesomenewsom
February 11, 2008, 06:55 PM
i went and looked at it again today, this time in-hand. The gun had some holster wear, a few imperfections ("nicks" was a strong word) but generally good shape, and great looking! It felt perfect in my hand and the trigger/ cocking hammer felt beautiful. It was a shooter as told by the cylinder but was very clean, in fact cleaner than my gp100 and felt much better. So I put a down payment on it and in 30 short days she'll be mine! I was originally looking into getting this gun as a safe queen but I think she'll be a shooter for sure!

Thanks for all the input guys

Baba Louie
February 11, 2008, 07:30 PM
You will of course post a few photos once it's in your hot little hands, right.... please? And maybe a range report as well?

gruesomenewsom
February 11, 2008, 07:51 PM
once it gets warmer here i definitely plan on taking all my magnums out for an official "sighting-in" and ill take some pics. I'll also test out my vaquero .44 mag that im picking up on thursday.

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