Colt Python R2


November 17, 2012, 10:16 PM
Anyone here know what the "R2" represents? Just bought one from my local gun show today.

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November 17, 2012, 10:18 PM
Where is this R2?

November 17, 2012, 10:25 PM
stamped on the right side frame near the cylinder

November 17, 2012, 10:31 PM
Not a clue...I just looked at a couple and saw no such mark on 'em...Post a pic.

November 17, 2012, 10:31 PM
Here is a picture

November 17, 2012, 10:33 PM
Rotated pic....sorry

November 17, 2012, 10:37 PM
I have never seen such a mark and doubt it is factory. I would guess it was added and the gun refinished. If that is the case, I hope you paid accordingly.

Black Knight
November 17, 2012, 10:37 PM
Never seen that on a Python before. You may want to check with the Colt Forum. Someone there may be able to give you some info on it.

November 17, 2012, 10:44 PM
The holster it came with

November 17, 2012, 10:47 PM
I would guess that was custom work for an individual. It's better than a guy scratching his name in the side of the gun with an electro-pencil, but not by much.

November 18, 2012, 12:24 AM
My standards are less than yours. I like the purchase

November 18, 2012, 12:33 AM
the grips seem very light colored...therefore not factory.

The "R2" is nothing I have seen or heard probably custom.

From the small pic, the blue looks great.

I am thinking that this is a custom. Nice job too.

November 18, 2012, 01:21 AM
Either way I still own a Python finally

November 18, 2012, 01:41 AM

I think she is a bonny lass

November 18, 2012, 02:33 AM
My standards are less than yours. I like the purchase
You don't know me or what my standards are....With that said I would gladly purchase a "customized"gun like that for a shooter provided it was priced accordingly.

November 18, 2012, 01:08 PM
Probably custom and would make more sense if it came with another pistol marked "D2" or "L2".:neener:

November 18, 2012, 02:30 PM
I have no idea who or what R2 is. Colt did use light wood near the end of the series 3 grips. I can't see enough of the ones in the pic to tell much else.


November 18, 2012, 02:56 PM
SIG088-- I did a google search on the "Colt Python R2" and found nothing.

It looks like whoever did the work did a nice job.
Congrats on beautiful python!

November 18, 2012, 04:40 PM
skidder.....I Google searched R2 as well, no luck. have the same humor as I did when I said I will take there a D2 out there somewhere I can get a hold of for a match set.

My uncle was a cop years ago when I was young, he had a Colt Python in his collection, always wanted one of my own ever I do even though this one is most likely not factory original.

Ky Larry
November 18, 2012, 06:44 PM
When you take it to the range, it's like going to the prom with the prettiest girl in school.

November 18, 2012, 06:56 PM
it's like going to the prom with the prettiest girl in school.

and knowing that you are going to have a REALLY good time

November 18, 2012, 08:44 PM
Nice snake !! :)

November 18, 2012, 08:55 PM
You have a Python, and I still don't :(
I think yours looks good.

November 18, 2012, 09:39 PM
Thanks Jaymo.

This one here adds to my "snake" collection. I believe it was 1996 when I bought my first snake, the 8" Anaconda stainless for $699.99 which now thinking back, I probably didn't eat very well for a month but it was all worth it now to have two in my collection. Keeping my eyes out for a Diamond Back now. I did look at a Colt Detective snub nose .38 but it was well worn and priced higher than I would have paid, besides, I already had my Python in hand.

Cocked & Locked
November 19, 2012, 09:23 AM
From what small amount of the Python I can see in the pics it looks like you got a nice one!

The R2 wouldn't bother me. You can let it mean anything you want. It looks to be professionally done which is a plus.

It might be some famous person's Rx2=RR=Ronald Reagan :scrutiny:

Or, maybe it belonged to a statistician:

R^2 (R-squared) gives you the percent of variance in the dependent variable that is predictable from the independent variables. It can also be interpreted as the extent to which the independent variables can predict the dependent variable. The closer it is to 1, the better the explanatory power of (all) the independent variables in the model, and needless to say, the closer to 0, the less explanatory power the model has. :what:

I think that means Pythons are accurate shooters. :scrutiny:

November 19, 2012, 09:47 AM
^^^^^^what he said^^^^^^.......very nice Colt, I hope it shoots good for you.

November 19, 2012, 11:19 AM
Nice pick-up, regardless of what the R2 stands for or who did the engraving. Enjoy your new Python.

November 19, 2012, 12:30 PM
Actually it was supposed to be RB and not R2 which are my initials so just send it to me. :)

I haven't a clue but looking at revolver and holster my best guess is it was custom engraved with very nice engraving for someone. I have a 4" Python at home and it has no markings like that. Haven't looked at it in awhile and at work now.

Anyway, a sweet acquisition so just enjoy it. They are a pleasure to shoot.


November 20, 2012, 09:12 PM
it is the first name of that StarWars robot that looks like a fire hydrant.

November 21, 2012, 08:45 AM
I'm going to take a SWAG and say based on the holster with the same "R2" marking, it's a ranch brand. The "R2" spread.

Hey!...It's as good a guess as any. :D

Either way I still own a Python finally

Yes you do. I know the feeling. Congratulations. :cool:

Cocked & Locked
November 21, 2012, 09:07 AM
Could well be R2 Ranch!


November 21, 2012, 04:59 PM
the grips seem very light colored...therefore not factory.

Really? I got my Python a long, long time ago with uncheckerd smooth grips of equal colouring.

Think I got stiffed when there was no Python hype??? Not that it matters, since I got two extra sets of original checkered grips later for little money. It was the time when Pachmayrs ruled.

November 21, 2012, 05:22 PM

I don't believe your gun came new with smooth grips...

November 21, 2012, 06:39 PM
I am far from a Colt Revolver guru but have seen Pythons with the lighter grips but checkered. Now this I am not sure about but the Colt E and I frames took in many revolvers:

The Army Special
Official Police
Officer's Model target models
The 357

And then some I think.

Now this I am not sure about but weren't all the E and I frame grips the same as in interchangeable? So the smooth Colt grips could have come off another E or I frame revolver?

Mine happens to be dark wood and checkered.

That revolver happen to be a good deal and I have come to enjoy it so much if another passes through my life I'll get it in a heartbeat.

Any help on the E and I grips would be most appreciated.


November 22, 2012, 12:12 AM

I don't believe your gun came new with smooth grips...


I bought it used in 1985 but it is a 1974 model. Tell me who made grips of that quality with gold Colt medaillions in between 1974 and 1985, besides maybe the Colt customs shop - and grips could be special ordered on a new gun or separately.

November 22, 2012, 12:23 AM
They may be a Colt accessory, but not what came on a new Python...I have couple of 1974's, including one that is NIB. I also have a 1974 brochure. My guns and the ones pictured in the brochure have checkered grips. I have dabbled with boxed Colts a while and have never seen a new gun with grips like yours... Recently, I was offered a used gun with grips just like yours, though.

Cocked & Locked
November 22, 2012, 07:37 AM
For shooting, I really dislike the Python's factory supplied wood grips...lousy hand fit for me.

I prefer these SMOOTH ones. They are smaller circumference around the bottom and feel much better to me. These were made by Herrett's and are aftermarket.

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