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USMC8541
September 1, 2011, 05:57 PM
I'v got a 24 hour hold on a Colt Python with a 4" barral, comes with 6" barrel. I guess the owner liked to have 2 barrel sizes. Has lost about 10 to 15 percent of It's finish due to holster wear, No Box, Price seems really good at 595.00. Action locks up tight and all seems Okay but I'm thinking something must be wrong since most of the pythons I see are from 800 to 1200 USD around here. Any warning signs or am I being overly paranoid about a good deal.

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ColtPythonElite
September 1, 2011, 06:11 PM
That sounds like a very good price. If it locks up tight like a Python is supposed to and is in time, buy it. The spare barrel is worth around 200 bucks.

atlantis
September 1, 2011, 07:05 PM
That's pretty cheap. Are you able to inspect the gun?

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=1430

If it's mechanically sound, no pitting in the barrel, etc, that's a good price.

scramasax
September 1, 2011, 07:07 PM
Make sure the frame has not been ben, Look a the crane from the front. It should be tight against the frame. Also check the forcing cone for uneven wear and cracks. Check both barrels for bulges. Look at the threads on the loose barrel to make sure they are not marred,

Sorry to sound so negative, don't mean to be , but have found all of these problems in the past on good deal revolvers.

Hope it is a great find. Cheers,

ts

USMC8541
September 1, 2011, 07:25 PM
I looked at the Revolver today but did not check those things, If the gun has had It's barrel changed could a rube gunsmith damage the frame?

atlantis
September 1, 2011, 07:42 PM
could a rube gunsmith damage the frame?

Definitely. Improperly done there could be any number of problems. Sprung frame. Incorrect gap. Sights not aligned.

dfariswheel
September 1, 2011, 08:36 PM
Any time you see a revolver for sale with two barrels, alarms should be heard ringing.

The problem is in knowing WHICH barrel was the original one.
If the barrel has been changed, chances are very high that it wasn't done right and you could be buying an expensive paper weight.

Unless the correct tooling is used, there's a good chance of bending or cracking the frame.
Look for cracks in the frame directly under the rear of the barrel where the frame is thin.
Usually, these home-switch barrelers have no idea of the correct method of doing a barrel switch, nor do they have the special frame wrench, barrel vise, tool for trimming the rear of the barrel, and almost never have any idea that the forcing cone has to be re-cut and gaged.

Approach these carefully and look for any signs of a switch. Buyer Beware.

USMC8541
September 1, 2011, 09:48 PM
Any time you see a revolver for sale with two barrels, alarms should be heard ringing.

The problem is in knowing WHICH barrel was the original one.
If the barrel has been changed, chances are very high that it wasn't done right and you could be buying an expensive paper weight.

Unless the correct tooling is used, there's a good chance of bending or cracking the frame.
Look for cracks in the frame directly under the rear of the barrel where the frame is thin.
Usually, these home-switch barrelers have no idea of the correct method of doing a barrel switch, nor do they have the special frame wrench, barrel vise, tool for trimming the rear of the barrel, and almost never have any idea that the forcing cone has to be re-cut and gaged.

Approach these carefully and look for any signs of a switch. Buyer Beware.
GOOD ADVICE, I think I will go back with a glass and flashlight tommorow

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