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.38 Special Colt Python??? 1000$??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 1911RjB, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. 1911RjB

    1911RjB Well-Known Member

    At the local shop they have a USED .38 Special Colt Python for sale, gun shop owner tells me they were only made for one year.. is this true? and is 1000$ a good price, will it go up in value?? :banghead: so confused....

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member

  3. harmonic

    harmonic member

    It wasn't much of a seller when it was new. But, if it's in mint condition, and if I had $1k burning a hole in my pocket, I'd buy it.
  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    If it has anything but an 8 inch barrel, grab it up. If it is an 8 inch, let your own needs and wants be your guide, but don't expect it to get more valuable fast

    They made, for some unknown reason, a good number of 8" .38 Special Pythons. But I have never seen one shorter.
  5. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Is it marked "Python Target?" I've seen a couple of those at gun shows, with eight-inch barrels, .38 Special only. And they were asking $1000-plus for them.

    This is purely a guess on my part, but I think they were made for more than just one year. ;)
  6. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

  7. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    If it has anything other than a 8 inch barrel then it's not facotry. Also they were made for more than one year.
  8. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I'd pay $1,000 for a Python .38 special if it were in tip-top condition.
  9. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Colt made the 8" barreled .38 Special Python Target for several years.

    Due to the caliber and longer barrel it was not as popular as the other length .357 Magnum models.
    However, the fact that it wasn't popular and was only made in smaller quantities for only a few years now makes it more rare then the other models.

    The Python Target is likely the most consistently accurate production double action revolver ever made.
    The original idea for the Python was that it was to be a "Super Target" .38 Special revolver made for NRA style target shooting.
    A decision was made before production began to make it in the .357 Magnum due to the interest in the Magnum at the time.

    DEPENDING on the actual condition that price is fair.
  10. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Standing Wolf

    I just saw one for the first time at a gun show earlier this month. I didn't see a box, but it certainly looked very minty. I have the dealer's info; if you're interested PM me and I'll pass it along.
  11. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Cabela's is nuts sometimes.

    Mine has - as of a couple of weeks ago, the last time I was there - a nickel Diamondback for $2999. :what: OK, it was totally unfired or unused, with not even a turn line on the cylinder, but still. :rolleyes:
  12. gym

    gym member

    That's nuts, I almost bought one and they were definatelly made longer than a year, they were too expensive back then, that's why they didn't sell. The ventated rib was the selling feature, but it was too big for a carry piece, and hunting with a scope, in 44 mag, was more fun. It was an expensive gun to buy and not shoot IMO, and my uncles were all gun nuts, hunters gunsmiths etc, and they yelled at me when I bought my "dective special", and my infinity, but that's another story. It had to be Smith if it hade a cylinder on it, and GM, if it had tires.
  13. jetman

    jetman Well-Known Member

    Most any Colt revolver in decent condition will never do anything but INCREASE in value. Since Colt stopped production on all double action revolvers, the pricing has continued to steadily rise. It started off with Pythons and has affected the selling prices of King Cobras, Detective Specials, and Cobras, Anacondas, as well as any "Snake Gun" you find. They will never be any cheaper than they are now and will only get more expensive with time. I have several NIB Colt revolvers I bought a couple years ago at "inflated" prices for the time and see them selling for CONSIDERABLY more money today than they did even 2 years ago.
  14. Chester32141

    Chester32141 Well-Known Member

    The price should come down after Christmas ... If you can live w/o it I'd wait and make him an offer after the holidays ... 8)
  15. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    And it may then be $1200. Don't expect Colts to drop in price.
  16. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Or not there, period. Isn't gun collecting fun?
  17. AH-1

    AH-1 Member In Memoriam

    I sold one 8 years ago for $950.00 to a collector.I still have one python in my collection.anything colt just seems holds it's value well:).
  18. justinbaby

    justinbaby Member

    I passed on a mint condition 8" 38 spl. seven years ago for $900. I regretted it and wish I had bought. I would have used it to shoot 148gr. wadcutters or 158gr. swc only, since I believe that what was the gun was designed for. It was the only Python I really wanted. I prefer 586/686 Smith's for the magnums. No apologies.


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