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Colt Python

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Dgardnerco, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Dgardnerco

    Dgardnerco New Member

    I am selling a Colt Python for my wife's aunt, and trying to estimate its value. It's a six inch, blue finish, in good condition. I know that the older the gun is, generally, the higher the value.

    I have searched and seen several tables of Python serial numbers matched to years of manufacture. I haven't seen the serial number on this gun in the tables: 3496, with a V underneath the number. There also appears to be a K, to the lower right of the V.

    Any ideas on when this was manufactured? What it is worth?

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    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    1969 and back had no letters. I'd guess the gun in question is a 1978 or new based on the V. You can call Colt. They will tell you the year of manufacture for free.

    Value? If it has the original grips, no box, and good original blue, I'd put the value somewhere between 900 and 1200 bucks. The percentage of finish left is what brings the money up and down.
  3. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Yes...as CPE says,1978

    more finish runs the price up big time

    earlier models can fetch more too (the wheels were coming off the bus at the end...78 was the very end)

    CPE is steering you right
  4. Crunchy Frog

    Crunchy Frog Well-Known Member

    I sent you a private message about the Python.
  5. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    The suspense is killing me.:uhoh: As Crunchy counts his pennies.
  6. 38 Super Fan

    38 Super Fan member

    They did run V and K prefixes but if the V or K aren't right in front of the serial numbers, which kind of sounds like what you're describing, they may not be part of the serial number. They did have stray letters marked around the serial number that weren't part of the serial number. My 67 for example, has a P stamped under the number, and my 72 has a Y and a T IIRC under the serial numbers. Pics might be nice.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  7. alienbogey

    alienbogey Well-Known Member

    Post your inquiry over at Coltforum.com for real expertise - with pictures if possible.

    Sent you a PM.
  8. MtnSpur

    MtnSpur Well-Known Member

    If this Python is a 4 digit serial number and the "letters" are underneath the numbers then the letters are not a part of the serial number. Letters that ARE a part of the Colt Python serial number are directly in front of and in later years (and these were not 4 character) behind the numerical serial number. It is possible that this is a 1957 build with the V and the K being proof and inspection marks.

    1978, for example, went from 86201E-99999E, 01001N & V01001. 1957 started at "1650", 1958 started at "5550".

    If you indeed have a 1957 and the royal blue finish is intact you have quite a nice Python. Clear pictures of the revolver showing the barrel markings, sideplate rampant stallion and the serial number on the frame and crane will be invaluable in determining what year and what condition the revolver falls into. Anything else is just a crap shoot on the value.

    Hope this helps

  9. 38 Super Fan

    38 Super Fan member

    You could post this on ColtForum, but they'll just tell you exactly what MtnSpur did. ;) Oh, and the grips are gonna be a big factor too.
  10. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

  11. Shoot66

    Shoot66 Well-Known Member

    I have a V series piece of 1978. The V is directly in front of the SN. The grips are a diffrent type.
  12. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    "If you indeed have a 1957 and the royal blue finish is intact you have quite a nice Python."

    It is and he does. See the pics.
  13. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    "Post your inquiry over at Coltforum.com for real expertise"

    dfariswheel is a member here, too. ;)
  14. 38 Super Fan

    38 Super Fan member

    It's a 57 for certain, someone added a trigger shoe, not a huge deal. I'm not sure what's with the fit of those grips though? :confused:
  15. MtnSpur

    MtnSpur Well-Known Member

    Thanks for adding the pics and as the kind folks already have told you over at the Colt Forum your '57 Python could be worth in the 1850-2000 range or better. The early manufacture date and condition of the revolver are huge plus factors.

    The stocks, while full checkered and correct for that time period look like they "may" have been taken off and not properly put back on (hey it happens). The backstrap should be flush with the stock. If they still don't fit correctly then I suspect the stocks aren't original to the weapon. The trigger shoe isn't a big deal like 38 Super said but if/when removed will probably leave some scratches/blemishes on the trigger.

    All in all a great early Python and certainly highly collectible.

  16. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Now that we can see it I would agree it is worth more that we originally suggested.

    Blue looks great and being the first year of a flagship gun makes for some outstanding craftsmanship.

    You could probably get 1500-1600 for that one. Add the box and fetch even more.

    Great gun
  17. manderson

    manderson Member

    Sure looks like a '57 tro me. Take a q-tip and slide it into the underlug in front of the ejector rod to see if it is hollow. It's a 2nd year production highly sought after Python. In really good shape. Let us know what the deal is with the stocks not appearing to fit properly. There is slight damage on the right stock, but all-in-all the checkering looks excellent. Bet this would fetch closer to $2500 on GB.
  18. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

  19. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    3496 is a 1957 Python. The year started at 1650.
    1958 started at 5550.

    The letters under the serial number are Colt factory inspectors stamps.
    Letter serial number series Pythons didn't start until 1969.
    On Colt's with letters in the serial, the letters are stamped WITH the numbers, in line, and of the same font, size, and depth of stamp.

    This is a very early Python which will be worth high dollars, depending on the actual condition.
    For "about" the first two years of production every Python made was built by two men in the Colt Custom Shop.
    When they burned out, the gun was built as a production gun by top Colt people.

    Note the higher barrel ramp and lower front sight of the early Python. The under lug will be hollow.
    Note also the early style Colt Accro rear sight without the "hump" of the later Accro sight.
    The front sight might still have the VERY early rounded front end of the rear sight leaf.
    Fairly soon, the rounded front end was changed to a squared-off end of the leaf.

    The First Type fully checkered grips with Gold Colt medallion are correct for the gun. Why they are misaligned I can't tell. Check the pin in the lower grip frame to insure it's there and check the holes in the lower part of the grips that fit over the pin.

    As Pythons go, other than a 3" version, an early one in really nice condition would bring the highest prices. At auction the sky's the limit.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011
  20. Dgardnerco

    Dgardnerco New Member

    Coly Python Coda

    To all,

    I have been away at work for a few days, so I have not had a chance to thank everyone for the terrific advice, and encouragement. I am very grateful to all of you. Forums like these make life more interesting and educational.

    I am not sure why the backstrap is not aligned with the grips. I checked the forum that JohnBT suggested, and it really sounds like I am better off leaving them as they are rather than risk damaging them (originals are hard and expensive to find). I am not much of a gunsmith, just good enough to keep my guns clean and my powder dry.

    I have seen estimated values from roughly $1600 to $2500 to "the sky's the limit." It would seem that this is in fact quite a collector's item. My aunt will be pleased to know that, but not the gun dealer in Spokane that offered her $900!

    For those of you who might be interested in buying it, I am going to start off high ($2250) and see what happens. I'll list it on http://www.armslist.com/, coltforum.com, and gunbroker.com.

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