Very rare 3 inch Python for sale


August 5, 2003, 06:30 AM
Check it out. A rare 3 inch Python for sale, not a Trooper. Anyone else think this guy has been smoking something funny?

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Marko Kloos
August 5, 2003, 07:18 AM
Looks like a hack job. The topstrap on that gun doesn't match the barrel rib. Looks like exactly what the guy says it is not: a Trooper with a Python barrel.

August 5, 2003, 09:19 AM
I do not think that revolver started out life as a python. Quantrill

Ala Dan
August 5, 2003, 12:13 PM
I agree with Marko and Quantrill; looks pretty
"bumed-up" to be a factory Colt Python!:uhoh: :rolleyes: :D

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Jim Watson
August 5, 2003, 12:43 PM
It is a Trooper with a Python barrel.
Colt only made a few 3" Pythons, but Numrich sold the left-over barrels very reasonably for years.

August 5, 2003, 01:27 PM
If you look closely at the blueing on the frame vs the blue on the barrel
there is a definate color shift.

Trooper with python barrel

August 5, 2003, 01:30 PM
The sad part is that the guy may well have bought it this way and convinced himself that it's the real deal. Sucks to be him; hope he didn't pay too much for it...

August 5, 2003, 01:36 PM
theres a guy that hits the san jose gun shows regurly that has a 3 incher about '69 vintage. asking 1200$ firm.. nice gun, but id rather have a early 3.5 inch 27 or pre 27 for about the same money or less... what isthis fascination with colts ?

ive seen beater 4 in pythons going for like 700-900...

Johnny Guest
August 5, 2003, 02:53 PM
See the Python illustration at
And note how the frame is thicker at the front, where it meets the end of the barrel ramp.

I have an old, pre-Trooper Colt .357 revolver (NOT marked DPS) and the frame is identical to the one with the Python barrel. I’m pretty sure the barrel is not a chop job, but a righteous three-inch factory job - - see how well the lettering on both sides is centered.

I question the authenticity of the DPS stamp, as well. Since first reading this thread, I examined an authenticated S&W 19-2, DPS 22078. The numbers are larger, of a different font, and the “DPS” is clearly put on with a single stamp, while the numerals are just slightly out, indicating they were applied separately. The Colt’s number, 22402, is so near that I think it unlikely the small armorer’s shop at DPS would change stamps and application methods in that short a time. If the number is not authentic, then the assembler gets credit for using the proper number range.

In fairness, DPS did indeed procure a small number of of the old .357 pre-Troopers, prior to S&W meeting their order for the de-tuned .357 which became known as the Highway Patrolman, and later as the model 28. One of those Colts might have been available for this adaptation, differing stamp style notwithstanding.

The revolver in question is a non-Python of some kind with the barrel installed and Python stocks added. It would be possible to do same with the Officers Model Match or OM Special, but then you’d need to fit the magnum cylinder as well. The screws are messed up and the polish on the frame and trigger is definitely not up to Python standards. I think it is a $200 parts gun, if it is worth that much.

Yup, it’d be worth a pretty penny if correct, but I fear this one is NOT.


cleve land
August 5, 2003, 03:06 PM
There is athree inch Python that is rollmarked "Combat Python". It is a very nice looking revolver. This one is clearly not one of them:scrutiny:

Standing Wolf
August 5, 2003, 06:30 PM
Is stamped with DPS 22462 as shown on pictures. Custom made for the Department of Public Safety. This is all I know about this gun.

Yeah, and it's going to rain nickels later this evening, too.

August 5, 2003, 08:19 PM
Go to the Colt Forum, , and read about this monstrosity,


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