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Alternative to a Python

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Blue Brick, Jun 20, 2010.

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  1. Blue Brick

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    Yes, indeed. I owned a stainless Python in the early 1990's, and actually preferred my GP100, which was (and still is) a very smooth sixgun. I ended up trading or selling the Python. I now have more GP100s.
     
  3. MrBorland

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    An alternative to a Python, yet the results of the (2-shot) ransom rest weren't worth showing??? :confused::confused:
     
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    A GP100 is a decent gun.

    It's no Python.

    I REALLY hate full length barrel lugs, except on Pythons, Diamondbacks, and to a lesser extent, Dan Wessons.

    If they made the 4" and 6" GP100 with a half lug, like my old Security Six or the Redhawk, I'd consider one. Until then I'm not interested. I'll stick with my two S&W Model 27-2s.
     
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    Love the bluing job!

    And those look like really [strike]great[/strike] decorative grips for hanging on a wall and lookin' at.
     
  6. Jim Watson

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    Man, what are you talking about? Even in youtube the wallows and divots show clearly in the Bubba Buff blue job.
     
  7. Maelstrom

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    The only alternative to a Colt Python is another Colt Python.
     
  8. Blue Brick

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    They did for a while.
     
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    A nice Ruger but no were near a Python.Check out the gentlemans last shot in the DA mode,looks pretty darn rough to me.
     
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    Like Porsche, there is no substitute .........
     
  12. SaxonPig

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    Actually, there is an alternative. The pre-1969 Trooper and "357" Colts use the same lockwork as the Python and are just as smooth and accurate. All they lack is the heavy barrel. A nice one can be found for way less than a Python.

    Got this well used one for $210 at a local show about 2 years ago.

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    This one a bit older but is in much nicer shape. Paid $395 for it.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. 19-3Ben

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    Is it me, or can anybody else not stand to watch Gunblast vids? That guy seriously has problems speaking proper English. I'm not saying that I always use proper Queen's English, but sheesh! That guy just sounds like such an ignoramus that I can't actually take him seriously.

    As for the gun itself, that is incredibly nice looking, but in my mind it defeats the purpose of a GP100. The Colts, and to a lesser extent S&W revolvers are really designed to be elegant and beautiful. Rugers are built to be the type of gun that you could go hiking with because you don't care if you sweat on it and it gets a rust spot. You don't have to worry about how many hot loads you put through it because, let's face it, you're not going to stretch that frame.

    That's the purpose of the Ruger. But once you gussy it up like this one, it becomes too much of a gem to just not care and at that point, it breaks from the purpose of a Ruger, at least in my mind.
     
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    Just another case of Python envy.:rolleyes:
     
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    I own several Colt Pythons, but I actually prefer the triggers of S&W.
     
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    Saxon I seem to remember back then folks would put the Python barrel on a Trooper and I think a minor frame grind,reblue and presto a poor mans Python.Purely enjoy viewing your collection thanks for sharing again.
     
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    Before you get flamed...the Colt trigger does "stack" which some folks don't like
     
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    Saxon is right. I have an old "357" Colt, and it is smooth. It makes me happy enough that I'm not going to look for a python. It's a good looking gun.
     
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    There are no substitutes for a Python!
     
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    It's what you say, not what accent you say it in. I liked him but then I'm from Old Blighty so any American accent sounds exotic and delightful to me.

    I'm seriously investigating buying a Royal Phoenix after seeing that video.
     
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    It would have been nice to see the results in the video but they can be seen here http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-GP100RP.htm.
     
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    Sure there is: Smith & Wesson Model 27.
     
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    The weak link in the Pyhon is that it's an OLD design. The hand/pawl is so small that it wears quickly and the gun goes out of time. This is one thing that Bill Ruger noticed and when he designed the Security-Six, he made the hand and ratchet massive, so Rugers almost never go out of time, and when they do, the user can just pop another hand in!

    A few decades ago, retiming Pyhons was fairly cheap -- no one worried about it. Now good gun smiths make as much as heart surgeons! And because all those parts are hand fitted, a smith may have to try 3-4 pawls before he can find one that works -- then it has to be filed and hand fitted until all the chambers line up with the barrel. Yeeech!

    Python owners can hard chrome their hands, and that will almost stop wear. But companies like Colt are using old manufacturing equipment and a late 1930s design. They can't hope to compete with newer designs.
     
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    I could never replace my colt python, EVER but a ruger GP-100 with full barrel lug and a colt style bluing would replace my python and retire it from every day work and carry.
     
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    That looks like a sorry piece of trash. My opinion.

    A Smith 686 with an excellent trigger job will shoot circles around a Python and last longer doing it. The python might be the over-hyped gun of the century (and I own one).
     
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