Parkerized Colt Python?


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ATLDave
November 14, 2011, 03:50 PM
I saw a Python at a gun show this weekend, and it was finished in a very matt/non-gloss dark color... it looked like Parkerizing to me. Is that an option that Colt offered, or did somebody do something to it?

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ColtPythonElite
November 14, 2011, 04:20 PM
Colt did not offer a dark matte finish like that on the Python.

ATLDave
November 14, 2011, 04:29 PM
Ugh. That's what I figured. There was also a lot of play in the cylinder (L/R and fore-and-aft). They were asking just under $1k.

rcmodel
November 14, 2011, 04:30 PM
Somehow, Parkerized and Python, when used together in one sentence, gave me a severe headache almost instantly! :(

rc

ColtPythonElite
November 14, 2011, 04:31 PM
No way, I'd give near 1k for a park'd Python with slop in the action. 500 bucks would be my top.

OldCavSoldier
November 14, 2011, 04:50 PM
My guess is that it originally suffered from pitting and corrosion and the owner thought that parkerizing (manganese phosphate) would be the best way to "hide" any pits that may have resulted. Parkerizing should not have had anything to do with causing the "play" in the cylinder. My advice: run, don't walk, away from this one!

earplug
November 14, 2011, 05:06 PM
33 years ago I bought Two used Pythons for about $125 each. They were LEO turn ins.
After messing with the actions in school, I Rust Blued one for somebody that wanted it that way.
Years ago a S&W M-66 was worth more on the street.

ATLDave
November 14, 2011, 05:40 PM
Yeah, the good news is that I kind of chuckled and kept walking. I have very limited revolver experience, but would like to dabble in it; even I, however, had a pretty good sense that was a fouled up piece. Too bad.

Guillermo
November 14, 2011, 05:50 PM
I think Old Cav has it right.

Of course it could be bead blasted and then blued.

I have an old Diamondback that I had to save. The poor old girl was a basket-case, and I have a soft spot for them. I am working on the mechanics now and will am considering doing the bead blast/blue finish to cover up the pitting.

The dull finish will be in-congruent with the classiness of the gun, but she won't be "scarred" anymore.

Erik M
November 14, 2011, 05:55 PM
Somehow, Parkerized and Python, when used together in one sentence, gave me a severe headache almost instantly! :(

rc
i have to admit i became ill as well.

savit260
November 14, 2011, 06:06 PM
I have very limited revolver experience, but would like to dabble in it; even I, however, had a pretty good sense that was a fouled up piece. Too bad.

Were you checking the "play" in the revolver at full lock up with the trigger held back, or just wiggling it back and forth with the trigger forward? Makes a big difference in determining if it's loose or not.

At full lock up with the trigger back, a Colt with the old style lock work should have NO play, as in none. If you just wiggled the cylinder with the trigger forward... well... that doesn't really tell you anything. ( I see people do this all the time at gun stores). If the lockup is good, and the price is right, it could be a great shooter for reasonable (for a Python) money.

SharpsDressedMan
November 14, 2011, 06:18 PM
I think my brother parkerized an old police used Python once years ago. As mentioned, when they get worn and beat up, any finish is better than none. It was o.k. as a beater/shooter. Still solid, and accurate, just ugly.

sw282
November 15, 2011, 11:39 AM
l remember Colt having an "Electroless Nickel" finish. l saw several Pythons offered in shops back then. l have a Govt Model in that finish. Over the years it has turned a dirty grey and gotten darker from use. l have seen another that turned like mine. Some have disputed me saying its really stainless. The old magnet trick proves them wrong. lf l remember correctly the finish came out before Colt started making stainless guns. Mine is a series 70. lt was only offered a brief time.

Guillermo
November 15, 2011, 11:43 AM
Colt called it "satin nickel" or "Coltguard"

Shear_stress
November 15, 2011, 11:55 AM
I saw a Python at a gun show this weekend, and it was finished in a very matt/non-gloss dark color... it looked like Parkerizing to me. Is that an option that Colt offered, or did somebody do something to it?

Are you sure it was a Python? Colt offered the Peacekeeper model during the 1980s which was essentially a Trooper Mark V with a parkerized finish.

If it was a Python it was a travesty.

ATLDave
November 15, 2011, 12:19 PM
It was labeled as a Python...

Shear_stress
November 15, 2011, 12:21 PM
It was labeled as a Python...

Shoot, I was rooting for a Peacekeeper. At least it would've come from the factory that way.

I'm not sure which is worse, the fact that the Python was parkerized or that the sellar honestly believes it's worth a grand in that condition.

Baba Louie
November 15, 2011, 12:29 PM
I remember the Peacekeeper. UAW Strike (1986-90?) product when the polishers were off walking the picket line.

I would have made an offer to see if seller would haggle because that'd be a unique wheelgun to tighten up and shoot. Or at least talk about w/ the seller.

BridgeTooFar
November 15, 2011, 03:54 PM
Does it look like this one? http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=259954576

Just curious.

ATLDave
November 15, 2011, 04:00 PM
No, much darker than that one. And the grips were wood, IIRC.

dfariswheel
November 15, 2011, 07:48 PM
l remember Colt having an "Electroless Nickel" finish. l saw several Pythons offered in shops back then. l have a Govt Model in that finish. Over the years it has turned a dirty grey and gotten darker from use. l have seen another that turned like mine. Some have disputed me saying its really stainless. The old magnet trick proves them wrong. lf l remember correctly the finish came out before Colt started making stainless guns. Mine is a series 70. lt was only offered a brief time.

One more time: The stainless steels used in firearms is a type to which magnets will stick.

Guillermo
November 15, 2011, 08:03 PM
The stainless steels used in firearms is a type to which magnets will stick

Yep...high carbon.

Will rust too

InkEd
November 16, 2011, 11:09 AM
I would actually like to see a parkerized Python just for the novelty.

MtnSpur
November 16, 2011, 11:44 AM
I would actually like to see a parkerized Python just for the novelty.

Not me :what: . I'd rather someone poked my eyes out with a sharp stick :p .
Now, the Peacekeeper....the parkerized finish is/was thinly done and they were prone to blemishing very easily. Shame that Colt even put those out on the market due to the fact that all their work prior to the labor problems was so well done.

PabloJ
November 16, 2011, 01:48 PM
I saw a Python at a gun show this weekend, and it was finished in a very matt/non-gloss dark color... it looked like Parkerizing to me. Is that an option that Colt offered, or did somebody do something to it?
You certainly would not want Python like that, but lowly .38 'Commando' oh Yeah!!!:cool:

ColtPythonElite
November 16, 2011, 10:15 PM
I'll gladly take a parkerized Python if the price is right.

LawofThirds
November 17, 2011, 01:48 PM
At the right price I'd buy a hot pink duracoated python with bedazzled grips.

Of course, that would have to be one hell of a price and one hell of a tight gun.....

ATLDave
November 17, 2011, 02:40 PM
I'll gladly take a parkerized Python if the price is right.

Sure, sure. It wasn't until I flipped over the pricetag that I laughed.

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