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Colt Revolvers Are Beginning To.....

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SharpsDressedMan, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. really annoy me. I have a nice Colt Python that I got slightly used, but my 300-400 rounds is beginning to cause the slightest timing issue (two chambers don't quite lock when cocked slow, but then lock when the hammer falls). It will be scheduled for a trigger job soon with C&S, which will solve that. However, today, my Detective Special started to hit off center on the primer on three chambers, and does not lock up when slowly fired DA, even after the hammer falls. That is no good. I don't want to keep spending gunsmith fees to keep any and all Colts running properly, so I'm beginning to get cold feet. I will probably let Colt address the Detective Special, as they are a little less expensive than C&S. Anyone else suffering these experiences?

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member

    If you're that annoyed, you should them and get a Taurus or Rossi.

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
  3. fireside44

    fireside44 Well-Known Member

    You could get a lot of Interarms Rossi's for the money that Colt would bring.:)
  4. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    The Colt revolver was not meant to be fired in "slow DA." Slowly pulling the trigger in DA mode or slowly cocking the hammer to full cock will often result in the cylinder failing to fully index. Try using the guns as intended.

    Also make sure the mechanism is clean. Dried grease, lint or other crud in the action can cause malfunctions. I bought an older Trooper last year and it failed to index until I scrubbed out the innards. After that it worked fine.

    I have a number of I frame Colts built between 1930 and 1967. All have been used extensively and all work just fine. Unless I try to shoot them slowly...
  5. unspellable

    unspellable Well-Known Member

    The old style Colt lockwork was known for going out of time due to wear on the tip of the hand. Only thing you can do to delay it is make sure it's clean and properly lubed and you have no cylinder drag from excess headspaced ammo etc.

    As for not being meant to cocked shoot slowly, baloney. If it doesn't carry up all the way when slowly cocked that means its out of time, period. May not be bad enough yet to send for repair but it's out of time.
  6. Black Knight

    Black Knight Well-Known Member

    Another theory is that they were made with a soft hand (pawl). I have a 1978 made Python that went out of time in 3 years (about 2500 rounds). It was sent back to Colt and they replaced the hand saying when it was installed it was too soft. The hand they put in was harder and I have not had any problems since. I would send it back and have Colt check it and repair as needed.
  7. jad0110

    jad0110 Well-Known Member

    The following comes from Grant Cunningham's website:


    And here is an even more interesting read: http://www.grantcunningham.com/blog_files/colt_python_delicate.html
  8. L-Frame

    L-Frame Well-Known Member

    'The Colt revolver was not meant to be fired in "slow DA." ' I've never heard that. I've had more than 1 gunsmith tell me that a lot of rapid fire will create timing issues with a python. So, you can't fire them slow and you can't fire them fast, and you pay a lot for them. I see why I stick to S&W's and Rugers.
  9. Guillermo

    Guillermo member


    colts are terrible, fragile guns

    I am willing to take them off of your hands
  10. harmonic

    harmonic member

    That's absolute nonsense. If the OP's Colt is having timing issues, he's got a problem and the gun needs to be fixed.
  11. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    Agreed. How does the gun know it's being fired slow, fast or in-between?
  12. Magnumite

    Magnumite Well-Known Member

    Creating a drag on the cylinder and slow cycling is a way of testing for timing issues. Correct, the revolver is out of time.

    If the revolvers are slightly used, I'd check with Colt about a warranty repair.
  13. Gunfighter123

    Gunfighter123 Well-Known Member

    I have owned two Pythons and used factory 125gr. JHPs in them for bowling pin and IPSC competition ----- NEITHER lasted for much more then 5000 rds. before going " out of time" etc.

    I really LOVE the look , handleing , trigger pull , and the FACT it's a COLT ---- BUT -- for the last 15-20 years , ALL my competition revolvers have been S&Ws . My old S&W 610 and 625 both have WAY OVER 10,000 rds. of IPSC Major power factor loads thru them and still are tight and accurate.
  14. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Go out and buy a American pickup truck and a Italian Ferrari.

    Guess which one needs more maintenance and up keep to run correctly?

    The other brands are mass produced guns made to withstand abuse and keep working acceptably while offering good quality and good accuracy.
    The Python was a semi-custom revolver specifically intended to be the best quality, best finished, most accurate revolver ever made.

    For that level of accuracy and a hand built action it requires more maintenance.
    If you take a Ferrari off-roading you'll destroy it, but if you want the fastest most maneuverable car possible you have to accept the higher maintenance needs.
    Complaining about the Pythons routine maintenance is like complaining that your Ferrari needs a oil change and new plugs more often than a pickup.

    This holds true for any top of the line piece of high performance equipment. The higher performance comes at a price, and its higher maintenance.
  15. L-Frame

    L-Frame Well-Known Member

    I guess it just depends on how you look at it. I admit, the Python is the most beautiful gun ever produced (in my opinion, of course), but, I have owned a few with really top action jobs and shot more with nice action jobs and will always prefer a nicely tuned S&W. And, yes the tapered barrel and extra time spent on the Python will translate into more accuracy, but as accurate as the 686 and GP-100 are, we are talking about a difference that very few people are even good enough to tell.

    Years ago, I went along while a friend of mine shot a 4" Python and 4" 686 from a Ransom rest at 25 yards. The difference was maybe a 1/2 and inch. They're gorgeous and if someone wants to spend $$ for one that's great, but I've never bought the Chevy/Ferrari comparison. In real world performance and action smoothness(S&W) they are too close. Just my opinion.
  16. Dfariswheel, I guess I'm missing the "performance". Beauties, they are, but if you owned a Ferrari and it only went 1000 miles before you had to spend money for a tuneup, you'd soon be looking for a car that could look just as nice, but do better. The tuneups would soon double the cost of the car before you wore it out. I guess Pythons were meant to be hung on the wall and admired, rather than shot.
  17. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    If those 3 chambers are one after the other I suspect a sprung crane. The crane is the part the cylinder swings out on, and the condition is often caused by abuse. To see, swing out the cylinder to be sure it's unloaded and then relatch the cylinder. Hold the crane firmly against the frame with the thumb and forefinger of your weak hand while cocking the hammer and pulling the trigger with your strong one. See if the cylinder still fails to rotate and lock up as it should. This test won't fix anything, but it may identify the problem.

    Since the middle 1950's I have (off and on) carried a Detective Special. It is slightly smaller and lighter then a similar S&W K-frame snubby, has better sights, and is combat accurate out to 100 yards or a bit more. Also mine still locks up like a bank vault door. I admit it has had some TLC, but it's worth it.

    That said, you do need to return it to the factory for a tune-up, and they might do it for free.
  18. unspellable

    unspellable Well-Known Member

    Old style Colt lockwork

    The old style Colt lock work will go out of time not because of soft metal in the hand but because the tip of the hand is small and bears the brunt of the work. In the S&W or new style Colt the tip is a bit bigger and does not complete the carry up, the side of the hand does that. Hence the exact timing for the tip of the hand is not as critical as well as wearing slower.

    But let's not panic! Just because the old style lock work will go out of time sooner doesn't mean it's going out of time after 50 rounds. I've never had one of my Colts go out of time although I can't say I've put 500,000 rounds through them either.
  19. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    The silliness about how delicate Colts are is hilarious. I shoot my Detective Special every month as it is my daily carry and I believe that it behooves me to be competent with it. Maybe only 50 rounds but EVERY time. I would guess that it has 5000 rounds through it since I bought it used. It locks up with no movement whatsoever.
  20. L-Frame

    L-Frame Well-Known Member

    In this case delicate is a such a relative term. Compared to a Smith or Ruger, they simply don't hold up as well. There is a reason you don't see competition shooters who shoot a lot of rounds in a hurry use Pythons. I'm not saying they are not worthy guns to own and shoot, and they definitely have an aura that few guns can match. For me, all I'm saying is that considering the action issues (that I've personally experienced) and the prohibitive cost of pythons now days, I simply don't see a corresponding increase in performance to justify that cost. Plus, while not the works of art that pythons are, (externally), the 686 and GP-100 are super handguns at a fraction of the cost.

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