Are you happy with your new Python??

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I know this has been discussed in many threads, but the simple question boils down to: Are you happy with your new Python, if you could do it over, would you buy this gun? For me the answer is NO. If I could return it and not loose any money, I would.

What used to make the Python this "mystical", even "mythical" weapon was it's action, it's smooth as butter trigger, straight out of the box. I currently own a 1956 Officers Model Match which could be argued is the Python's daddy, and it's glass smooth, with a trigger free of creep which breaks at 1lb 12oz in SA mode and 6lb 4oz in DA. Nearly every one of my Smiths has a 2lb SA trigger except for the Model 57 which is 3lb. My Dan Wesson is under 2lbs, heck, even my Chiappa Rhino breaks at just over 3lb. And let's not speak of all my single action revolvers...

And then there's the Python. Fist, in SA it has a tiny bit of creep, you can even see the hammer and transfer bar move slightly before the break, and it take 6lb of pressure for it to break.

Is this what these have been reduced to? The way I look at this is that Colt is tryin to cash in on the old guns reputation with an unfinished product. Sure it looks pretty and all, but this is not the gun that earned the reputation this is built on, far from it. And to make things worse, there are no aftermarket spring kits that could help mitigate the problem. Spending another $500 on top of the $1500 I already did to get an "action job" would be sheer stupidity on my part.

So How do you feel about your new Python?
 
New Python is a great gun if you never shoot a classic Colt or Smith. Hand fitted production days are over.

Do I regret buying a New Python??? Nope, it’s a reminder that they don’t make them like they use to.

that being said, I doubt a Old Python could handle endless full house Magnum loads that I plan to run on New Python 🐍
 
Oh, my Lord, again? I don't understand folks who are embarrassed about spending lots of money and then turning their buyer's remorse into public drama. Especially with regard to the new Pythons, when it appears (at least on the internet) that buyers of these revolvers are running at least 10 to 1 in favor of these handguns. Which, on the internet, is pretty freakin' incredible.

I love my Pythons.
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Oh, my Lord, again? I don't understand folks who are embarrassed about spending lots of money and then turning their buyer's remorse into public drama. Especially with regard to the new Pythons, when it appears (at least on the internet) that buyers of these revolvers are running at least 10 to 1 in favor of these handguns. Which, on the internet, is pretty freakin' incredible.

I love my Pythons.
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Buyer Remorse is a Time Share in Las Vegas

New Python is pile of anger and hoping it will work when it should work off the shelf. You know my New Python failed miserably and I had to pay an extra $68 for transfer. Unless I’m the most luckiest guy on the internet with a complete lemon Python or Colt is letting junk out.
 
I've got three of the new Pythons. I had a fourth, but sold it off. It was the first one I saw, and had a 6" barrel. Not my favorite, but I wanted it, so I got it, knowing I'd sell it when a 4 (.2) inch one showed up, which I did. I had a problem with that 6" gun. It was a VERY early one and started to bind up at the range one afternoon. An inspection revealed the sideplate was loose. About two minutes of rummaging through my range bag to find a screwdriver and another minute to pull the grips, and tighten up a couple of screws and it was back in business (about 800 rounds through the gun at that point). It never happened again, although I must admit that I sold it a few months and several hundred more rounds later.

Now "I" have two Stainless Steel 4.2 Models. Why two exactly alike? My wife wanted one. She gets what she wants. That particular one has not been fired a lot, but so far no problems with it.

"My" 4.2" SS Python has well over 1000 rounds through it. Mostly 38 wadcutters I suppose, but that's about all I shoot these days. A few hundred liight magnums mixed in for grins and giggles though. Never a problem with it. The sights don't bother me, because I never touch them. They're still the way they came out of the box. I basically treat them as if they were fixed sights, and they work for me out to 20-25 yards with the ammo I use. The S/A trigger on that one is about 5.5-6.0 pounds or so. Again, doesn't bother me. I never use it. All my shooting is done DA. The DA is a joy. My scale only goes to 8 pounds so the DA is more than that, but is so smooth, I don't care. It just pulls straight through with no hitches or staging.

The last one is the blue 4.2" one I just got a few weeks ago. I'm up to about 400 rounds through it. Three hundred wadcutters, along with 100 starter level 357 mag loads (158 grain Berry bullets). Pretty much what I said about the SS one, except in blue which I like a little better. Sights are just like they came out of the box. I've yet to pull the SA trigger at the range.

Do I regret buying them? Not a bit. Would I buy another one? Probably not, I mean I've got three in the safe now, but under the right circumstances...maybe. My wife might want a blue one of her own to go with the SS one.

I didn't buy a Python because I think they're any better than any other gun. I bought a Python (s) because it's a Python and nothing else would scratch that itch.
 
I'll take my new model Pythons over my new model Smith's any day of the week. The out of the box trigger on both is great imo. Smooth and crisp. The Smith's are heavy and gritty. The only gripe I had with the new Pythons was the rear sight. I just look at replacing them with a Wilson as an upgrade. Now days I don't care what you buy quality control can be an issue. This phenomena is mainly due to employee pride these days. It's just a job for some looking forward to quitting time...
 
Buyer Remorse is a Time Share in Las Vegas

New Python is pile of anger and hoping it will work when it should work off the shelf. You know my New Python failed miserably and I had to pay an extra $68 for transfer. Unless I’m the most luckiest guy on the internet with a complete lemon Python or Colt is letting junk out.
Am not even remotely interested in revolvers but yet I own multiple snake guns
6in Anaconda
8in Anaconda
6in Python
4in Python
3in Python
2in King Corba

Not a one of them is junk.
 
New Pythons are the best revolvers one can buy, short of a Korth. There it is.

The “drop safety” action involves camming the hammer back ever so slightly before the break (the new SIG P210 does the same thing). This may result in an SA trigger pull that is heavier than desired. There are a few fixes for this - try a few revolvers in the store until you find one with a light trigger. They’re out there. The other is to send your revolver to Frank Glenn in AZ; he’ll make it amazing. Out of the box, the DA pull is so much better than the competition as to be almost ridiculous. ALL new revolvers from every manufacturer show variation in their triggers, in my opinion/experience. Colt, again in my experience, is better by far than the others. I’ve been terribly disappointed with S&W’s newer revolvers and all have required trigger work. Once done, they’re fabulous and I love them. Ruger is not a competitor at this level IMO.

I have 2 Pythons and an Anaconda, all recent production. They are stunningly accurate and have excellent actions. Try a few in the store. If you like it, buy it. If you don’t, that’s ok. You might like a S&W 686 instead, or even something else. It’s all good. But please understand that the new Python is an exemplary revolver, made better and made of better stuff than others. If it’s not perfect out of the box, it can be made darn nearly so with expertise and a little money. You will have a beautiful, extraordinarily accurate revolver that will be a new heirloom in your family after you’ve put 50k rounds through it.
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So How do you feel about your new Python?
I like it.
I’m not happy that I had to buy a rear sight to replace the garbage that Colt is using but aside from that I have been happy with the gun. Happy enough that I plan on buying a Anaconda and yes, replacing the garbage rear sight that Colt is using.
Now that I put Wilson Combat sights on the 6" 2020 Python, I really like it.
I have 711 rounds of home rolled ammo through it.
Put 96 rounds through it on my last outing and had a hard time calling it a day.

Doing the same thing for my 2020 8"Anaconda as I have the new (Wilson) sights on hand.

No sense in beating a dead horse, but you all know what I'm talking about.
 
You‘re not kidding, the DA is definitely a joy. Between the Python and King Cobra, probably the best DA pulls I have ever had my hands on.
My 3" King Cobra has the best DA and SA trigger I've ever had on any production revolver.

@vanfunk
what are the grips on your 6-inchers? Especially the middle Python, those look sweet ...
 
Hey @Old Dog!

The Anaconda and the 4” Python wear Keith Brown Ropers, while the 6” in the middle dons Deer Hollow 1st gen reproductions. The Deer Hollows are very nicely made and give the classic shape with much better feel and grip than factory stocks. The checkering is sharp(!) and the gun stays locked in the hand, even under heavy recoil. The Keith Browns are simply sublime and a wonderful testimony to the stock maker’s art; it’s a shame he hung up his tools. Deer Hollows are available, though! Ollie, the owner, is active on many forums and is doing his best to keep up with demand. He updates his website frequently with grips that are in stock.
 
Regarding the sights - I replaced the sights on my Anaconda and 6” Python with Wilson rears and gold bead fronts. The factory sights were “fine” in my case but the Wilson’s are a lot better. The sights on the 4” remain stock as they are solid in the frame and suit my purposes for that gun just fine. I put the Kensight “Elliason” reproduction on my 6” King Cobra Target .22 and those are excellent and a little cheaper than the Wilson units.

Here’s a pic of those:

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i like mine overall. the rear sight does have to be replaced. i just wish the trigger was smooth and rounded instead of ridged.
 
Sure it looks pretty and all, but this is not the gun that earned the reputation this is built on, far from it
Few would actually pay for "the gun that earned the reputation", but lots would complain about the price. Besides, AFAIK, Colt no longer has the tooling nor the human skill to build originals. Still, from what I've read about the new Pythons, there are a few things Colt could've done better.

Colt can take the snake gun and stick it up the butt end
An ironic handle for such a post. Are you telling us it's already there? ;)
 
Hey @Old Dog!

The Anaconda and the 4” Python wear Keith Brown Ropers, while the 6” in the middle dons Deer Hollow 1st gen reproductions. The Deer Hollows are very nicely made and give the classic shape with much better feel and grip than factory stocks. The checkering is sharp(!) and the gun stays locked in the hand, even under heavy recoil. The Keith Browns are simply sublime and a wonderful testimony to the stock maker’s art; it’s a shame he hung up his tools. Deer Hollows are available, though! Ollie, the owner, is active on many forums and is doing his best to keep up with demand. He updates his website frequently with grips that are in stock.
While he may have hung up the tools, the shop is apparently still open, and you can still get those beautiful ropers


Also, Altamont makes a very nice Roper Style grip, but they don't make it for the Colt, only the Smith & Wessons. I have a set in Olive Wood, and they're absolutely gorgeous, and one of the most comfortable grips I own.

 
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