September 15, 2011, 08:15 PM
Is the warning tag on the photo below appropriate for what Colt would have shipped on a Python from that era?
September 15, 2011, 08:16 PM
I have two from about that era with yellow tags.
September 16, 2011, 12:26 AM
Mine also have the same yellow tags.
September 16, 2011, 04:05 PM
Yes, that's how they were sold.
September 16, 2011, 06:10 PM
Such a tag didn't come on mine but this was about 33 years ago.
September 16, 2011, 06:17 PM
risking injury or death by being on the wrong end of one would have been more 'appropriate'
but, yeah, the warnings craze on stuff anybody with half a brain would already know is not a new thing
seems like only yesterday Bill Ruger got sued because some folks couldn't/wouldn't read, and were utterly clueless about traditional SA actions
now you see that sort of warning stuff etched on gun barrels (sigh)
if you are not saving it for collectible resale, use that tag for a target at about 25 yards, it will work just fine, as intended
September 16, 2011, 06:33 PM
I don't recall seing those type of tags until the early-mid 1980s. I definitely don't remember them from the 1970's or earlier.
Do you have the serial # (to figure year of manufacture)?
Sounds like someone possibly advertising their weapon (for sale) as NIB/LNIB?
September 16, 2011, 06:36 PM
I don't recall seing those type of tags until the early-mid 1980s.
I bought a new Python in 1976 for $300. It had that tag on it.
September 16, 2011, 07:00 PM
I'm old. My memory may be fading. 1976 it is.
Auction for 1980 Python with yellow tag:
Here's a 1976 Python with an orange hangtag:
Here's a 1975 Combat Commander with yellow tag:
Here's another (1975 CC w/ yellow tag):
And here is a site selling (believe it or not) reproduction tags with some fuzzy historical info:
EDIT to ADD: Now that I think about it, I purchased a NIB mid-70s production MKIV Government Model that had that yellow tag on it. I no longer own that weapon, but it came exactly as depicted in the last auction I posted above (for the second Combat Commander). That said, (and in accordance with atlantis' experience) yellow tags were definitely used at least during the mid-70's.
I've got a 1972 Python (with box & manual), but it had no tag when I bought it. If one was there, it got tossed by the original buyer.