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Colt Python 4in.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by hdgroundpounder, Apr 26, 2009.

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  1. hdgroundpounder

    hdgroundpounder Member

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    Big question... For the last 25 years or so I've owned this python. It may have had 500 rounds put through it in its life time. Its been Mag-Na-Ported, jeweled hammed and trigger and tuned. I'm really a auto guy and I might have found a replacement. Should I trade or try and sell outright? Or keep it? Whats a good price for it?

    Greg, MN
     
  2. HexHead

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    Every person I've run into that's had a Python and sold it has said they regret getting rid of it.

    It's not like they're making more of them.
     
  3. SaxonPig

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    Do you really want me to tell you which guns you should keep and which you should sell?

    If you decide to sell be aware that the modifications you describe will turn off many potential buyers and may lower the amount people are willing to pay for it. A nice 4" Python these days will bring $800-$1,500 (I know that's wide range but I watch the auctions and that's where they sell although most go for $1,000-$1,200) but the value on yours may be seriously compromised.
     
  4. hdgroundpounder

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    Thanks guys for your thoughts! I've been out of the gun circuit(FFL) for a while and have many toys. Of all the toys the python is the lowest on my totem pole. I guess one guys treasure is another mans gunk! Glad to have your opinions.

    Greg
     
  5. Olympus

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    If you're looking to sell, I'm always looking to buy. You never said whether it was stainless or blued. You should take some pictures of it and post them on here. You'll get a better idea of what to expect to get from it. PM me if you're interested in selling!
     
  6. harmonic

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    Those modifications have destroyed its collector's value. I doubt you'd get as much for it (as you otherwise would).
     
  7. Upstate Gun Man

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    I visited a local gun show yesterday. Pythons were bringing $1000 - $1500 depending on condition. you may want to re think this.
     
  8. Olympus

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    The guys are right about the porting decreasing it's value considerably. You won't see guns like that going for $1000+. You might get some yuppie to bite because it's a Python. But most people that know anything about Pythons generally won't pay those prices for something that's been modified.
     
  9. hdgroundpounder

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    Again thanks guys! I do appreciate the comments. Since its been in the "family" I'd keep it and take a snub bulldog in 41 special to the market. The caliber just doesn't fit with the rest of the family. Again thanks!!

    Greg
     
  10. one45auto

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    I've got the same dilemma, only my Python is a factory stock matte stainless 6" model. I could use the money, but hate to part with a collectors item like that (even if it is a safe queen) so I just go back and forth, back and forth, back and.....
     
  11. Flame Red

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    I usually run into one or two Pythons each show that have had these sorts of modifications. My advice is to keep them. They are very tough to sell even though they are great shooters. If they sell at all, they go for about half what an untouched one goes for.

    That being said, I would not mind buying one to shoot but I never seem to have the money when one comes up. Or if I do, the seller is asking more than an untouched Python!

    Modifications always cost your twice - once for the cost of the mod and the second time for the decrease in value. Only exception is something like grips that can easily be returned to stock.
     
  12. paul45

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    May I also add the mag-na-porting and jeweling makes it a 500 dollar Python if you are lucky. Keep it.
     
  13. tactikel

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    Do not sell it!! You will regret it, and never have a chance to replace it! This is the time to buy guns, especially beautiful, classic ones!
     
  14. Guillermo

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    I only have one python and wish I had 43

    You are only 42 away
     
  15. Olympus

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    My opinion is that Pythons aren't going to dry up. The pristine ones, never shot ones, or particularly rare ones probabaly will though. They'll get added to someone's collection and never surface on the market again. But shooter grades or ones that have been modified will continue to circulate. People need money and buy and sell guns all the time. Shooter grades get replaced with high quality ones and they get sold. But because of the limited supply, prices will also likely increase. If you don't care about the porting, I'd say keep the gun. If you're not crazy about it, it wouldn't be a horrible thing to sell it. Just know ahead of time that you'll take the hit on resale price because of the modifications though. I promise that you'll find another one. They're not THAT rare. You will have to pay a little more for it, but I don't know what your financial situation is like.
     
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    Nobody needs such a gun in the condition in. Python are best left alone, especially after you'll decided the piece. The next mention is you name engraved in phony gold across the frame. I do you are favor, I can offer $300. for the gun ? I do accept postal money orders but the gun must the sent day delivery. I do appreciate photo please.
     
  17. GUNKWAZY

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    First off, let me say... Huh ? What the ---- did you just say ?

    Anyway, $300 offer, $500 if you're lucky ?

    If the gun is is done nicely, I'd bet the house on it that the gun would sell in a heartbeat for more than that at any gun show in the first hour.
    Sorry, but I'm speaking first hand here. Not just making things up.
    You guys have not even seen the gun and you're bashing.
    Yes, it's true, most people wanting a Python want it in it's purest form. Mint in box with factory stocks and papers. But, with-out seeing a gun you're already telling the OP it's now worth less than 1/2 of what it would go for if it had not been modified.
    C-mon. You guys must not get out much.

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
     
  18. pmeisel

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    I think it would sell quickly if priced as a shooter, not a collector... I would rather have that Python as modified than, say, a new 686.... It would make a great companion to my unmodified Python.
     
  19. The Lone Haranguer

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    Are you kidding? :confused::scrutiny:
     
  20. DoubleAction

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    CALL ME CRAZY, but I made a lot sweet deals firearms, Does any care to see ? His Colt has been altered from the it's original condition.

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    Stay Tuned; I have around 38 more to go.
     
  21. DoubleAction

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    "may have had 500 rounds put through it in its life time"

    That rules out "Like New In Box".
     
  22. DoubleAction

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    Picture Time Again

    My S&W 27-2 / 4" inch/ Factory Tuned Trigger Package

    Never Fired "New Like New In Box" / $475.

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    Riddle me this : How years did S&W make the Model 27, with the pinned barrels and recessed cylinders, with the four inch barrels ?
     
  23. GUNKWAZY

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    Hey Double Action....

    Kinda try to stick with the story line.:confused::confused::confused:
    I don't care if you go fishing with your dad or if you're brother bought a 22 back in 1927 for $15 or even if S&W only made 3 guns in 1975.
    This is not show and tell nor did the OP ever say he had a NIB gun.:rolleyes:
    But $300, with-out seeing any pictures ??? The darn stocks could be worth $200 alone.
    The OP asked what the gun is worth, not what he could expect to get if he was going to get ripped off.

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
     
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    colt pythons are probably the most beautiful .357 revolvers ever made....


    LIFE IS SHORT.....
     
  25. DoubleAction

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    GunkLazy; Envy will not have a place this forum. I respectfully demand of you to lower tone with me; otherwise, prepare to face the consequences......?
     
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