Whay so many "Mint" Pythons and 27-2's


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bushmaster1313
January 17, 2011, 11:05 PM
I am about to take the plunge and get my first "nice" handgun. I am looking at Python's, 27-2's and 1911's.

I've noticed that quite a few of the Python's and 27-2's are being offered for sale in "Like New" or "New in Box" condition. Makes me wonder why these guns didn't get shot.

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Flint Ridge
January 17, 2011, 11:13 PM
What makes you think they weren't shot? Worth more if they weren't and a new gun is not that hard to clean up in general.

Or, so many folks buy something, load it, never fire it, lays in a drawer or box for a few decades and then the economy goes South or Grandpa dies and gives it to somebody that does not care - instant grand or better just laying there.

And yes, I've noticed the Pythons slithering out of their holes lately as well - How many were there? High prices must be drivin them out... They could not all be minty fresh.

788Ham
January 18, 2011, 12:32 AM
bush,

As you've probably noticed my name on some of these threads, I have a nice Python, but don't carry it to the range in a carry holster just to have it ready when I get there. Like has been mentioned, these are quality firearms, beautiful pieces of equipment, I really went out on a limb when I bought mine, didn't really have the extra money. Now that they aren't made anymore, I'm really going to keep a tight hold on it. Make the jump and get one, if its not for you, theres a buyer every minute waiting! Good luck.

sw282
January 18, 2011, 02:11 AM
Pythons, 27-2s are a better investments than gold or silver. You cant dig the former out the ground.

Jesse Heywood
January 18, 2011, 03:54 AM
When you buy a Python you are buying a legendary gun. Because of that, many were bought as investments and salted away. And, as said, many are shot but given a lot of TLC.

ColtPythonElite
January 18, 2011, 04:57 AM
x2 on Colts being better investment than gold or silver. That can be said for nearly any Colt DA revolver. You'd be surpised how many unfired guns are out there. I've bought 3 unfired boxed Colts in the last few months. I also bought an unfired one minus the box that had spent it's life in a nightstand since 1975.

Check out Fugate Firearms...That place always has a pile of unfired Colts.

CajunBass
January 18, 2011, 05:52 AM
I'm sure a lot really nice guns like the ones you mentioned never get fired. I've got a number of guns that I never shoot. That's not to say they've never been fired, I bought most of them used, so they probably have been, but I just never have. I see no reason to think others don't do the same.

A lot of those guns got bought back in the 70's and the 80's. The people who bought them are either passing on now, or are getting to an age where they can't get out as much, they don't have anyone to leave them to who wants them or will appreciate them, or they just need the money they'll bring on todays market. Sad but true.

robhof
January 18, 2011, 06:46 AM
Colt announced the end of Python production; a lot of smart wholesalers and smart dealers invested and used them as reserve. The Ruger Old Army is becoming the same thing with the end of production. As said above a new in box quality gun is better than gold for investment.

GUNKWAZY
January 18, 2011, 09:21 AM
The Python and model 27 were both the best revolvers of S&W & Colt.
People admire the craftsmanship of both fine revolvers.
Pythons were ordered and given as gifts in presentation cases by Kings and rulers of countries because they were known as being the best.
Even Elvis (a different kind of King) purchased them and gave them as gifts.
Pythons are admired in collections all over the world. Some people just don't realize that.
Why are there Corvettes that are 20-30 years old with zero or hardly any miles on them ? They are admired and considered one of the best cars America has to offer.
It's not to say that there is not any Pythons or model 27's that are not being shot, there are thousands and thousands of them that are.
Some just realize they are beautiful investments and admire them with out having to be shot.

http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq172/toykwazy/nib27.jpg

http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq172/toykwazy/The%20Python/python8inch.jpg

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

22-rimfire
January 18, 2011, 11:07 AM
Your average gun buyer in a centerfire caliber probably shoots a new gun very little. But because they viewed it as valuable, they took care of it. Many saved the original boxes since they are normally not that large. By the same token, not so many save long gun boxes or they do for a while and then get rid of them after gathering dust.

ColtPythonElite
January 18, 2011, 11:47 AM
The center between my main floor's joists as viewed from the basement are storing long gun boxes at my house. A nail or two tacked up on either side will hold the box right up there.

teumessian_fox
January 18, 2011, 01:19 PM
Check out Fugate Firearms...That place always has a pile of unfired Colts.

And he'll pay more than premium price. The OP is advised to register on Gunbroker and do considerable research before he takes the plunge.

Guillermo
January 18, 2011, 01:29 PM
people tend to take care of nice things and Colts were collectible long before they ceased production.

Besides, some have put forth the rumor that they are too weak to be shot at all, let alone with .357s.

1KPerDay
January 18, 2011, 02:25 PM
didn't want to start a new thread... what's the going rate these days for a 95%-98% Python 6" in bright stainless? Box/papers unimportant, I need a shooter. But one that looks newish.

teumessian_fox
January 18, 2011, 03:08 PM
what's the going rate these days for a 95%-98% Python 6" in bright stainless?

Gunbroker has new ones for ~$2000+.

This one:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=211847542

..looks about 95% to me. And the starting price is $1050 with no bids and 3 days to go. BTW, I never considered 95% to be "newish."

http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/211847000/211847542/pix702507061.jpg

1KPerDay
January 18, 2011, 03:15 PM
Guess I don't really understand what 95% means. That looks rough to me.

Guillermo
January 18, 2011, 03:41 PM
That looks rough to me.

a little polishing is all that old pony needs from the one picture

GUNKWAZY
January 18, 2011, 09:52 PM
It looks like a beat up nickel gun to me.
If it is, it's a beater and can't be just cleaned up.

Jeff (GUNKWAZY)

Quoheleth
January 18, 2011, 10:30 PM
If that's a 95% Python, then my recently acquired 28-2 is damn near mint.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=133500&d=1294371984

Q

Standing Wolf
January 18, 2011, 10:37 PM
I've noticed that quite a few of the Python's and 27-2's are being offered for sale in "Like New" or "New in Box" condition.

A certain amount of that is plain old-fashioned exaggeration.

Dave Bulla
January 18, 2011, 11:03 PM
A buddy of mine used to have a line when somebody claimed they were selling a "mint condition" item that went something like....

"Well, just don't take it out of the wrapper, keep it in the box and I'll buy it." He got a lot of funny looks. Face it, most folks have no clue what "Mint condition" actually means to a collector. And what the H$!! does "Minty" mean??? Is there a stick of Wrigleys in the box?

By the way, I'm not a collector and wouldn't hardly even consider buying a gun to not shoot. The idea of all them pythons sitting in the box or in a save and getting handled every couple years seems like such a waste to me. Oh well, they ain't mine, C'est la vie eh?

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