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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by forindooruseonly, Jul 30, 2011.

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  1. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Member

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    So I've been photographing a bunch of my guns for a project and got around to the Python this weekend.

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    This is the first Python I ever bought. I gave what I thought was a princely sum for it, because I really wanted one and this was in the days before online auctions and sales. Unfortunately, I was also young and dumb and didn't really know what to look for, especially checking the timing when I shelled out the cash. Yep. Out of time. So I had to save up some more and send it off to Colt for repair.

    After I got it back it sat in the safe for years. I love Colt revolvers, but I always found myself taking other guns to the range. I bought other Pythons and shot them instead. I think a lot of it was the fact that every time I looked at it, I was reminded that I got ripped off buying it and didn't really want to think about it. But I couldn't sell it, because between what I paid for it and what Colt charged me to fix it, I thought I was deep in the hole. So it sat there. Now of course, I could get my money back, but it was a sore point for me for a long time.

    A couple of years ago, I dug it out and decided that I would either keep it and shoot it or sell it and call it a lesson learned. And looking through my notes, I realized I hadn't shot it a single time since I got it back from colt - thirteen years earlier. So I've been keeping track to satisfy my curiosity - how many .357 rounds does it take to put a Python out of time? The question still comes up, so I figured I'd find out. Now, at the rate I shoot .357s, I'll probably be an old man before I wear it out, but I'll at least know the round count when i finally have to send it somewhere for servicing again. As of this morning, I've shot 1,138 factory .357 loads through it in the past two years. Lock up is still tight. I imagine in another ten years I might have something to report. If I ever get around to reloading .357, it might be a lot sooner, because I really enjoy shooting this gun now that I'm not wrapped up in my embarrassing history with it.
     
  2. oldfool

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    empathy here

    Much as I admire the fine Colts, my one big gun regret is waiting so long to get over myself, and finally cough it up for more of what my woobie flavor is, old model S&Ws.

    Nice guns are made to be fondled, shot a lot, cleaned, and then fondled some more.
    A picture of one will never make you rich, but unless you are into hiding five figure $$$$$ guns in the safe for decades, the investment in dollars has a poor return on investment vs. the real return on investment in life.

    The best thing you can ever do with any fine gun like that is try harder to wear it out with round count. If you ever do, just smile and remember the trip. No matter what lies behind the gun safe door, it will never yield that level of satisfaction.

    Wear it out, friend, it ain't made of glass, might take you a whole lot longer than you think. Enjoy the trip !
     
  3. Guillermo

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    There are more than enough Python safe-queens. No need for you to "save" that one. You are not saving the "last perfect example".

    In fact, there might not be another regular production gun with a higher percentage tucked away in gun safes and not shot.

    I have a like-new Python and it still looks "like new".

    Mostly because I don't get the chance to carry it often.

    But I cart it to the range all the time. And blast away.

    My daughter will inherit it and it probably her kids too (if she has them).

    As OldFool said...they ain't made of glass.

    Enjoy it. After all, who deserves it more?

    (BTW, the answer is...I deserve it more :evil:)
     
  4. ridgerunner1965

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    i drooled over the pythons in the 80's.i was a high school boy and all the mags were testing them and spouting about how good they were.i ended up saveing enuf money for a blackhawk 357.which i shot the heck out of and loved, and would still love if my dang brother would sell it back to me!i too would of been major PO if a gun id heard so much about turned out to be a money pit.that may of been why i went with the ruger. back then yu never heard a word agin them.the colts did have a rep for bein delicate.i do wish i purchased several pythons tho, id keep 2 or 3 and sell the rest now and the ones i kept would be free!
     
  5. ColtPythonElite

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    My take on it is once it's been shot, shoot it all you want. My shooters get fed magnums with no worry about timing. I figure if I bust it, I'll fix it or replace it.

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  6. Guillermo

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    CPE,

    Love that photo.

    The powder stained fingers are perfect!!!

    It proves without question...the man is a shooter...not a collector!!!
     
  7. CharlesT

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    My Colt trooper looks like that every time I shoot it. :)
     
  8. ColtPythonElite

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    Thanks, Guillermo.....I'm far from a collector snob. I want to shoot 'em all.
     
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    Very nice gun, I love the older Pythons.
     
  10. wlewisiii

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    I paid off my Colt Model 357 (a Pre-Python, if you will) today and will be able to pick it up Monday afternoon. I hope by Monday evening it & my hands will look the same. That is what they're supposed to do. :cool:
     
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    should have worked for hallmark.
     
  12. forindooruseonly

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    I never intended for it to become a safe queen, I think I just didn't shoot it forever because every time I looked at it, I was reminded of how big an idiot I was when I bought it. It kinda just lurked in the back of the safe mocking me for how much money i was into it, sort of an embarrassing reminder of my stupidity that just made me not want to think about it.

    The gun itself has holster wear and some finish issues - its not perfect or NIB. But for what I paid for it, it d$&% sure shoulda been. One of those type of deals where I can still hear that dealer laughing to his buddies about this dumb kid who bought an out of time Python off him years ago. Young and dumb. If nothing else, I guess this Python taught me a painful lesson about buying guns.
     
  13. Peter M. Eick

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    I am at round 4,765 out of my Python and it still locks up and passes the lockup inspection tests. The very high majority of those loads were 14.5 grns of 2400 with a 158 and a magnum primer. That is an over book max load in many manuals but non-max for the Lasercast manual that I use since I shoot lasercast bullets. My python eats them up.

    For example, here is 50 shots, 15 yrds offhand (one flyer though)

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    I pulled one and snatched the trigger. Dumb of me to ruin a good 50 shot target.

    I still go by the mantra that I shoot my colts and collect S&W's. My Python gets the bulk of the wear on 357 magnums. It is just a fun gun to shoot.
     
  14. Blueduck

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    You Sir, are truly awesome. :D
     
  15. ColtPythonElite

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    Blueduck,

    Thanks for the compliment....You'd be surprised at how many guys think I'm a fool for taking them out and shooting them like I do.
     
  16. Guillermo

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    LOL

    I can hear it now...
    "The damned OldFool is writing about guns again...Listen to this one...

    From springfield fine arms once came
    at first they weren't at all lame
    but they forget their lesson
    at old Smith and Wesson
    and the idiot lock they now claim

    He is insulting potential customers again!!!

    Call his boss in the HMD!!! (hallmark arms division)"
     
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    hmmmm, i might need a python
     
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    I'd like to have the opportunity, just once to shoot a gun enough to worry about wearing it out.
     
  19. rishooter

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    Pythons Like Being Shot

    I've never hesitated to shoot my 4" Nickel Python.
    I use 158 gr lead SWC's mostly.No problems at all.
     
  20. Logan5

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    When I bought my Pythons in the mid 90's, they were $400 to $550 used at the pawn shop for excellent condition guns in the common finishes and barrel lengths. This was not all that long ago.
     
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    [​IMG][/IMG] Mine gets used quite often. Without a doubt it is my favorite gun.
     
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