Finally I own a Colt Python!


April 1, 2011, 05:24 AM
Just when I swore I would go easy on my gun purchasing for a while I walk into my local shop today and walk out with a Colt Python!

The price was $595 which I thought was a good deal. However it never hurts to ask for a lower price and so I walked out with it for $525, plus tax of course.

No box or paperwork but it did come with a Saftey Speed holster. The trigger and hammer have been jeweled and there is some minor holster wear but overall it's in very good shape. There was some surface rust as well, obviously this gun had been stored in the leather holster a bit too long. However I was able to clean off the surface rust with some gun oil and there doesn't appear to be any pitting. I spent an hour cleaning the gun and oiling it down, it was pretty dirty when I brought it home, now it shines.

The double action trigger pull is buttery smooth and the single action pull weight measured out to just slightly over two pounds. Serial number is E511* which according to my limited research indicates that it was made in 1970.

Based on it's condition I would say that this gun is definitely better suited to be a shooter rather than a collectible and certainly plan to use it as such.

Anyway here are some pics....

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April 1, 2011, 05:30 AM
Haven't you learned yet that there is no such thing as "going easy on the gun purchases" for a while? You never know what you want until you see it. Sweet Python!

April 1, 2011, 05:37 AM
wow so what kind of gun did you use to stick up the shop owner?

April 1, 2011, 05:52 AM
Congrats mate, she looks great!

April 1, 2011, 06:46 AM
I always loved these. Congrats!!

April 1, 2011, 08:24 AM
$525? $525!!??!!

It's only a matter of time before you get arraigned on grand theft charges.

But seriously - nice, very nice. Why can't I ever get deals like that?

April 1, 2011, 09:37 AM
Very nice! I've stumbled onto a deal like that about once every...oh...never in my life.

April 1, 2011, 09:53 AM
Don't bother playing the lottery, you used up your luck for the month! Real nice Python that you have.

April 1, 2011, 10:07 AM
And today's date is .....

April 1, 2011, 10:14 AM
Congrats on a smokin' deal....I thought did pretty good when I picked up this early 60's for $725 a while back. The blue on it is well worn, but it still shoots like a lazer. She's going back to Colt for a makeover in nickel.

April 1, 2011, 10:49 AM
Very nice find, Pythons are all but untouchable in my area, everyone wants them and no one will part with them, congrats.

April 1, 2011, 01:23 PM
Nice gun and that's a crazy deal you got.

April 1, 2011, 01:24 PM
How does the bore look? Did it pass the check out?

It looks nice, but if something is not right inside, it may cost you another couple hunnert to make it right. (in which case, it would still be an OK buy ;) )

Great looking gun. Some poor dude probably sold it to make his mortgage payment.

April 1, 2011, 02:34 PM
Wow. Sweet looking gun. Congrats, and thanks for sharing the pics.

April 1, 2011, 03:00 PM
Holy cow. You stole that, you know.

Well, not really. You paid what the seller asked. But he could have asked a heck of a lot more than that. Sheesh!

Flint Ridge
April 1, 2011, 03:30 PM
Somebody forgot the 1 infront of the 5, from the prices I have seen.

April 1, 2011, 03:40 PM
Thanks guys.

I was actually quite shocked that the shop was asking so little for it. The shop manager said that an older gentleman had come into the shop the other day and sold them a bunch of guns including this one. Including an all matching Remington Rand 1911 that I unfortunately missed. I got there just a little too late and someone was in the process of buying it, for $895! I did have a chance to look at it and it was gorgeous.

What's really kind of sad is to think that because the shop was selling these guns for so little they must have given this poor guy next to nothing for them when he sold them.

April 1, 2011, 04:52 PM
I too just now became an owner of a python. My FAVORITE BROTHER gave it too me. Congratulations on a real, real, FANTASTIC purchase.

April 1, 2011, 08:06 PM
You got yourself a jewel! And you stole it!

April 1, 2011, 09:18 PM
If you begged me for money, I'd go $600 for it :-)

April 1, 2011, 09:41 PM
Quintessential revolver, to me, ((>awe<))

It's like the holy grail, but you can blow things up with it :O

hehe, rock on!

Shoot it, man, make it your range caddy, tweak it,

go shooting... roll up and drop plates when you wanna bring down the house...

I might even be tempted to tweak it's case... ok I'll stop now, wow.

April 1, 2011, 09:46 PM
Congrats! Great find!

April 1, 2011, 09:46 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // Nice save and snag.

I'm pleased to read others stateing that was a great price.

There are seven GS I frequent around here and only one that consistantly has any Pythons. They cost in the $1200-1500 range depending on box or not and date of manuf.

I can usually get them down about $150.00 in that price range but it is still high compared to prices in your area.
I am always amazed at the prices posted near Dallas Fort, Worth Tx. also.

Hope you enjoy shooting the Python for many years. "DA pull like butter" is the exact way I describe mine. It handles Recoil with .357mag. well too.

Cocked & Locked
April 1, 2011, 11:09 PM
...I walked out with it for $525, plus tax of course.

Good deal...just the grips would sell for 1/2 (or more) of that price.

April 2, 2011, 10:57 AM
I get the sick feeling in my stomach as I read this thread that this is *not* an April Fool's Joke.

Wow -- even though it would go against my inclination to avoid "fancy" / collectible guns in general, I would in your shoes also now be the owner of a Python, and out shooting it today :) Have only had the chance to actually handle one of these (ex-girlfriend's father had one; weather interfered with a planned range session with it), and I can understand just enough of the mystique to grab a deal like that.



April 2, 2011, 11:07 AM
Congrats!!! You do know that's half-price, right?

April 2, 2011, 11:53 AM
Congrats!!! You do know that's half-price, right?

Way better than half, I think! (And they're not making any more ...)


April 2, 2011, 01:45 PM
OMG you were serious??

I haven't seen a price that low in ages!! Where was this store located, the year 1984?

April 2, 2011, 07:24 PM
$525? I am astonished. I have not seen a single Python sell locally for less than $1200.

April 2, 2011, 07:32 PM
Still waiting on DROS on mine. Will pick up next week. You stole that one. Good on you :)

Same revolver (about) with after market grips in Calif was/is $900~1200. In pristine condition it would be $1800 out here, still w/o box. Pythons in the Kollective are scary expensive, but they ain't going down in price. It's a permanent bubble - take advantage if you have one to sell from your Calif residence (wink).

38 Super Fan
April 2, 2011, 07:35 PM
Congrats! That's an absolute steal. :cool:

April 2, 2011, 08:48 PM
Should have bought two and left a tip for that price. :p I couldn't find a Taurus that cheap...

The Mayor
April 2, 2011, 11:36 PM
The trigger and hammer have been jeweled

Nah, thats just the way they are.

very nice

April 2, 2011, 11:37 PM
Thanks for all the reassurance everyone, I knew it was a deal not to pass up.

I took the gun out to the range today and put 100 rounds of .38 through it. It's a keeper! Amazingly accurate gun and a joy to shoot, my friend tried it and his response after shooting it was "I want one".

April 3, 2011, 03:39 AM
Yeah shoot that baby! Screw setting it aside as a collector's piece.

April 3, 2011, 04:39 AM
The trigger and hammer have been jeweled

Nah, thats just the way they are.

very nice

I don't believe they came that way....My blued guns have blue triggers.

April 3, 2011, 08:54 PM
Just call you Mr. Lucky.Great find, excellent price.

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