Colt Python save it or shoot it.


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ms6852
April 1, 2011, 05:47 PM
My brother traded his brand new XDM Springfield 45 cal. for a Colt Python with a 6" barrel. As I understand this are legendary pistols. About 28 years ago I chose to buy the Smith and Wesson 686 with a 6" barrel instead of the Colt.\

What blew my mind was my brother, he gave me the Python. Those of you who have a Python, do you still shoot it or is it a safe queen collecting value?
My 686 is sweeeeet to shoot but did not collect the same value that the Python did. Just wondering if I should let it collect more value or enjoy the heck out it.

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CajunBass
April 1, 2011, 05:51 PM
Unless it was absolutly pristine, in the box, with all papers. I'd shoot it. I might not shoot it a lot, but I'd shoot it.

DickM
April 1, 2011, 05:53 PM
What he said. If it's already been fired, a little more use isn't going to change the value.

Smaug
April 1, 2011, 06:00 PM
I think you should shoot it and do a nice write-up comparison of the two guns.

If S&W had stopped making DA revolvers and Colt didn't, I bet your S&W 686 from those days would be the more valuable gun.

Pythons tend to take less of a beating to go out of time than S&Ws do. So if you're worried about it, maybe either shoot lightly hand loaded 357s or just .38 Specials out of it. I'd bet money that you will have to grudgingly admit that the Python is the superior gun after you shoot it for a while. ;) [at least as far as the action is concerned]

I'd shoot it, but not a lot of Magnums.

ms6852
April 1, 2011, 06:10 PM
Smaug, that is a good idea. I will do a write up and compare. Unfortunatley I won't take possession of the Python until I go home to visit in May. After that I go to Vegas in June. But it will definitely be forthcoming.

LHRGunslinger
April 1, 2011, 06:16 PM
It's a gun. It was built to shoot stuff. Shoot it. Love it. Enjoy it.

Cocked & Locked
April 1, 2011, 06:20 PM
Shoot that thing! I shoot this one some and carry it concealed some...like yesterday.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/382502217.jpg

ms6852
April 1, 2011, 06:22 PM
It's a gun. It was built to shoot stuff. Shoot it. Love it. Enjoy it.
Agree with you totally. I collect guns but not for value. If I can not shoot it I do not want it. Who would want to have a beautiful girl friend for show and not enjoy the rest of the benefits.

ms6852
April 1, 2011, 06:24 PM
Shoot that thing! I shoot this one some and carry it concealed some...like yesterday.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/382502217.jpg
That is a real beauty.

J-Bar
April 1, 2011, 07:00 PM
Shoot that thing! I shoot this one some and carry it concealed some...like yesterday.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/382502217.jpg
Absolutely!

If are going to defend yourself, do it with some class.

(like Dr. Brown in Back To The Future and the Delorean Time Machine...)

Remllez
April 1, 2011, 07:03 PM
They sure are purty revolvers!! I agree with most of the guys,I would shoot it. But I would shoot only .38's. From what I understand finding a competent Smith to work on them is getting more difficult as are parts. I would find an equally purty holster and have me the finest barbecue gun most folks ever laid eyes on.

Oh and I would throw the first barbecue for my brother! He's got you on the hook now bud....LOL

savit260
April 1, 2011, 07:16 PM
There's plenty enough Pythons tucked away in safes. Mine gets shot and carried. These are far too enjoyable to shoot to let them sit in a dark safe.


http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c337/savit260/rnadom%20stuff/zcropIMG_0806.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c337/savit260/rnadom%20stuff/ZcropIMG_0743.jpg

Black Knight
April 1, 2011, 07:21 PM
I have 2 Pythons, one 4" and one 6". Both are shooters. I am the original owner of the 6" bought in 1979. It was my duty weapon as an armed security officer many years ago. The 4" Python is one of my concealed carry guns when I carry off duty (99% of the time). It is your Python and only you can make the final decision but I would shoot it. Remember it is a 357 Magnum but considering that competant gunsmiths who really know the Python are few and far between I would limit the magnum ammo and shoot mostly 38 Special +P.

Hanshi
April 1, 2011, 08:53 PM
http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt74/hanshi_photo/PICT0488-2.jpg
I got this Python, if memory serves me correctly, around 1979. Very few .357 rounds have been fired in it but it does get lots .38 WC rounds to digest. The revolver below it is my pet S&W M15.

psyshack
April 1, 2011, 09:04 PM
I would shoot it and then some. They were made to be shot. I just turned down a offer. A gent I know wanted to sell me his rarely shot 6" .44mag. Looks like new and shoots out good. I don't think it shoots better than anything else I've shot over all. And I hate there stupid cylinder release. I offered him $600 for it. He lost the box and papers. He seemed offended. I suggested he take it to the Tulsa Gun Show this weekend. :)

gwnorth
April 1, 2011, 09:27 PM
I'd shoot it. I know a number of folks with very large handgun collections, and not a single one of them got rich by buying and selling firearms. Where's the joy in just having it sit around?

BigN
April 1, 2011, 10:14 PM
Leave the safe queens to the queens. Shoot the barrel off it...

Guillermo
April 1, 2011, 10:23 PM
If S&W had stopped making DA revolvers and Colt didn't, I bet your S&W 686 from those days would be the more valuable gun

:what:

uh...no

Model 27...yes

bbuddtec
April 1, 2011, 10:30 PM
savit, that snow pic is fantastic! makes me want one! :D

PS, what are those grips made of, cocked?

ms6852
April 1, 2011, 10:46 PM
Absolutely beautiful revolver you got there savit260.

Cocked & Locked
April 2, 2011, 12:03 AM
PS, what are those grips made of, cocked?

elk antler

ColtPythonElite
April 2, 2011, 10:35 AM
Unless it is unfired or at least appears unfired, there is no reason to to use it. I love my shooters. One of them has just the "right amount of wear". It's blue is worn off on the high spots to make it look like an old gun, which I guess at a 1974 it kind of is. The other one had a great amount of wear, but not pits, gouges or dings...just lots of blue rubbed off. She's a 1963. Both still shoot nice tight groups.


http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=139797&d=1301877140

Standing Wolf
April 2, 2011, 10:41 AM
That's nuthin'. I like my Pythons so much I'm taking them to heaven when the time comes.

22-rimfire
April 2, 2011, 12:29 PM
You own it, I would do what you want to with it. If it were mine and as-new, I would park it. But that is me and I have other 357's to shoot if I feel like it.

Guillermo
April 2, 2011, 04:55 PM
I am the proud owner of a few snakes, (cobra, diamondbacks) including a like-new Python.

I shoot it. In the winter I carry it. Often I carry it on the trail.

If I had one of the a few remaining pristine Pythons I would feel obliged to preserve it. But since there is probably no other "modern" weapon that is more often a "safe queen" I prefer to enjoy it.

Some people think that I am a bit off because my daily carry is a Colt Diamondback 2.5 inch. My theory is "who deserves it more?"

YMMV

ms6852
April 2, 2011, 05:15 PM
I am the proud owner of a few snakes, (cobra, diamondbacks) including a like-new Python.

I shoot it. In the winter I carry it. Often I carry it on the trail.

If I had one of the a few remaining pristine Pythons I would feel obliged to preserve it. But since there is probably no other "modern" weapon that is more often a "safe queen" I prefer to enjoy it.

Some people think that I am a bit off because my daily carry is a Colt Diamondback 2.5 inch. My theory is "who deserves it more?"

YMMV
You guys have persuaded me to shoot the barrel out. I have never really been good at storing anything. I love my 686 and am sure that this will be just as great. Too bad that I do not have anything with a smaller barrel for carry.

Guillermo
April 2, 2011, 07:21 PM
BTW
if you are worried about aesthetics, shoot it often but don't holster it. That is where guns get the "worn" look.

ritepath
April 2, 2011, 09:52 PM
SS = Shoot
Blued = Shine it

Cemo
April 3, 2011, 01:10 PM
You gotta shoot it. Threat yourself to some luxury before you die.

roaddog28
April 3, 2011, 01:18 PM
Shoot it. You only have one life. The only reason not to shoot it is if you have decided to sell it and make money.

Howard

22-rimfire
April 3, 2011, 02:19 PM
You gotta shoot it. Threat yourself to some luxury before you die.

There is definitely something to be said about THIS point of view. My Dad scrimped and saved all his life.... when he passed away, I was shocked by what he had accumulated. I was equally shocked with the behavior of his wife. But that is another story... But it is hard to teach old dogs new tricks and it is good to treat yourself sometimes. What difference does it really make if you shoot it (but take care of it) and you later die and the gun sells for a couple hundred dollars less?

Maybe I need to reconsider my approach to such things....

sonick808
April 3, 2011, 02:38 PM
like others have said, you can't take it with you, so you might as well shoot it and enjoy yourself!!

Dutchdiamondback
April 3, 2011, 05:47 PM
Colt's are not very common in my neck of the woods. The Smiths are far more available and more popular. But I am always able to amaze my fellow-sportshooters with the feel and the crisp-action of mine.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c346/diamondbacktherattler/wapens/wapens001.jpg

Both in single and double action - it's regarded by almost all as a very enjoyable piece of hardware ( except from the guy with an Astra... still haven't figured that one out yet... ).

Isaac-1
April 3, 2011, 07:40 PM
I say shoot it, but take care of it. I have a 6 inch early 70's Python that had a custom trigger job done on it at some point in its life. There are not words to describe the feeling of shooting it, some people might describe it as smooth as glass, slick as ice is probably closer to the truth.

reuben mishler
April 3, 2011, 08:01 PM
You will love shooting it! I an 8" Anaconda...she shoots straight! I took this doe at 60 yards with it. Doe went 20 feet and keeled over. I can shoot 4" groups at one hundred yards just with iron sights.

ms6852
April 4, 2011, 12:24 AM
You will love shooting it! I an 8" Anaconda...she shoots straight! I took this doe at 60 yards with it. Doe went 20 feet and keeled over. I can shoot 4" groups at one hundred yards just with iron sights.
That is some very impressive shooting, thanks for the post.

gmh1013
April 4, 2011, 12:06 PM
I shoot my 68 Diamonback once a month at least 1/2 box of 38's....best shooting pistol I have

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