I think its time for another Python


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Isaac-1
April 12, 2011, 08:42 PM
I have been giving thought to getting another Colt Python sometime soon, I will be getting some extra money in a couple of weeks, and it is not like they are going to get any cheaper.

My current Python is an early 1970's model, Blue with 6 inch Barrel, I am thinking my next one will be shorter, but which kind should a get? 4 inch, what finish, what year range.... Are any of the Stainless models good, or were they all built too late...

What are your thoughts.

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dfariswheel
April 12, 2011, 08:56 PM
When buying a gun you judge the gun on it's individual merits.
I've seen poor Pythons from the 1960's and really fine Pythons from the 1990's.

My personal choice would be a 4" in your choice of bright nickel, satin stainless, or bright polish stainless.

ColeK
April 12, 2011, 09:18 PM
A satin stainless Python does sound nice!

content
April 12, 2011, 09:27 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // One that is stamped .38 special only.

At least that is one of the handguns I am looking for.

bwdilli
April 12, 2011, 10:01 PM
I just picked up a 4" in nickel from 1964. Was very dirty but mechanically sound. It cleaned up very nicely.

newfalguy101
April 12, 2011, 10:09 PM
doesnt really help you any, but, I have always been partial to the beautiful Royal Blue

ColtPythonElite
April 12, 2011, 10:11 PM
Any of them will be good provided the lock-up and timing are correct. There certainly is nothing wrong the stainless ones. I really like the polished ones. Ain't nothing wrong with nickel, either. I've got a couple of blue shooters, but one of them is gonna be nickel and dressed up in refinished grips before the year's out.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=140355&d=1302657083

bwdilli
April 12, 2011, 11:05 PM
Be careful of nickel plating a blued gun. If not done properly it can close up the clearances needed for operation and cause problem with the reliability of the gun.

ColtPythonElite
April 12, 2011, 11:13 PM
Colt will be doing the nickeling.

Lucky Derby
April 13, 2011, 12:16 AM
Personally I like the 4" ones. But if you come accross a 3" grab it! Also all of them are good revolvers. But I never cared for the look of the standard stainless. Just my opinion.

ColtPythonElite
April 13, 2011, 09:57 AM
Yeah, if you come across a nice 3" for under 5 grand grab it or call me and I'll grab it...LOL.

content
April 13, 2011, 10:12 AM
ssshhh

Cop Bob
April 13, 2011, 12:04 PM
I know I'm about to start a fight..But understand it is ONLY MY Opinion.

But I PERSONALLY have never been a big fan of Colt DA Revolvers... Too tight a cylinder, finicky on what reloads it will digest.. There are too many moving parts inside of one to make be happy, hard as heck to PROPERLY tune one...

Now Having said that, some of the finest triggers I have ever felt were on Colts. Reeves Junkind , when he was teaching at the DPS Range in Austin, put one in my hands years back that I still regard the best I ever shot... But finding a Gunsmith today that can tune one is dang hard to do.. Most of them dead, retired, or too old and months to get work done..

Therefore I have never actively pursued there purchase... Had I know that I would outlive their production.. I would own a drawer full... They ARE among the finest Pistols ever made..

But as too Finish... there is NOTHING more beautiful in a Pistol than a 1980's and earlier Colt Blue Finish... With Smiths they lost their ability to put a great finish on a revolver in the early 70's. Maybe sooner...

If it were me...... I would definitely go for it.. BLUE....

ColtPythonElite
April 13, 2011, 12:50 PM
But I PERSONALLY have never been a big fan of Colt DA Revolvers... Too tight a cylinder, finicky on what reloads it will digest.. There are too many moving parts inside of one to make be happy, hard as heck to PROPERLY tune one...


You can't lump all Colt DA revolvers into one category. The MK actions are nothing like the Python actions.

JSmith
April 15, 2011, 01:20 PM
I just got my first Python a couple of weeks ago after wanting one for years and years; I finally found a lightly used one at a price I considered reasonable. The serial number indicates it was made in early 1971. The grips are new, from Eagle. When I got it it had an old rubber grip that didn't add much to its appearance. I think it will be good company for my .45.

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