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Gun Show Python

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by iluvG.R.I.T.S, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. iluvG.R.I.T.S

    iluvG.R.I.T.S Well-Known Member

    Found a nice 4" blued colt python at a gun show this weekend.425.00$ I couldnt belive it,Had some blueing wear on the barrel and a little on the cylinder.Is there someplace i can look up the serial number to get a production date?
  2. Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes Well-Known Member

    Good Buy!! If it is in any kind of shape at all, an excellent deal!

    Post the first 4 of the serial number here and either myself or Dfariswheel (or others) will give you a date. Or, you could go out and buy your OWN little blue Colt book!

    Oh yeah....Post some pics too!

  3. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    Lets see some pics
  4. iluvG.R.I.T.S

    iluvG.R.I.T.S Well-Known Member

    The only problem was I only brought enough cash for ammo (never thought id find anything).Good news is I had my SIG 239 so I made the swap.The serial # is K57423
  5. iluvG.R.I.T.S

    iluvG.R.I.T.S Well-Known Member

    No digital cam.Gonna take some this weekend
  6. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Your Python was made in 1981.
    The year started off at K16266, and ended around K75747.
  7. iluvG.R.I.T.S

    iluvG.R.I.T.S Well-Known Member

    Thanks dfariswheel
  8. iluvG.R.I.T.S

    iluvG.R.I.T.S Well-Known Member

    Snake Eyes what little colt blue book are you refering to?And where would I get one?
  9. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    You didn't buy it: you stole it.
  10. iluvG.R.I.T.S

    iluvG.R.I.T.S Well-Known Member

    Well its about time somebody gets over on them like theve been doing us. LOL
  11. iluvG.R.I.T.S

    iluvG.R.I.T.S Well-Known Member

    He also had a trooper for 375. It was in perfect condition
  12. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    Man i would have loved to get a trooper for that Price
  13. stans

    stans Well-Known Member

    I got a six inch blued Python with at least 95% of the finish remaining for $425, but that was several years ago. Also got an eight inch on with about 98% of the blue remaining for $450 about six months before getting the six incher. It is really hard to find Pythons at these prices these days.
  14. Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes Well-Known Member


    The Colt little blue book is officially titled Colt's Dates of Manufacture by R.L. Wilson. It covers all Colts manufactured from 1837 to 1978 by model and serial number. I see in my copy that it is published with the permission of Simon & Schuster, possibly by copyright holder David Madis. I get mine at the local well-stocked gun store. It's about the size and color of a US passport.

    There is also a publication called Dates of Manufacture: Colt Sporting Firearms, put out by Firing Pin Enterprizes. I find this one difficult to use, and I question its accuracy.

    Frankly, with dfariswheel around, I don't have much use for any Colt reference material. The man is a fount of Colt knowledge.
  15. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Whoa, Thanks for the confidence.

    There's another good source of serial number and production info.

    That's R.L. Wilson's book "Colt: An American Heritage".

    Colt considers this to be the "Official" production history of Colt firearms.

    The book shows pictures and brief descriptions of EVERY Colt firearm model produced from 1836 to 1985.

    Most of the models shown are profusely engraved and inlaid show models.

    In the back of the book is all known serial number and production info up to the publication date in 1985.

    You can buy this book from most book sellers, often discounted.
  16. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    $425 is excellent. Kudos to the sharp shopper.:cool:
  17. TamThompson

    TamThompson Well-Known Member

    Actually, dfariswheel, if you wouldn't mind taking another peek at your book, I bought a used Python yesterday at a local gun store for about $875, 6" barrel, synthetic ergo grips, stainless finish. Serial number is PE01293. You'll be helping a nice lady (me!) out.

  18. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Sorry, that's a Post-1985 gun.
    The publicly available numbers end with 1985.

    To get a production date, just call Colt. They will give dates over the phone, but NO other info.
  19. iluvG.R.I.T.S

    iluvG.R.I.T.S Well-Known Member

    thanks agian for the help. [​IMG]
  20. stans

    stans Well-Known Member

    Based solely upon information that I have been gathering from other posts, PFO1523 was known to be 1997 production, I would surmize that PEO1293 is probably 1996 or thereabouts.

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