Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Vintage 27-2 vs. Python?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ARTiger, Aug 21, 2006.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. ARTiger

    ARTiger Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2006
    Messages:
    803
    Lately I've had a real desire for one of the classic vintage 6" .357's. All things being equal (both guns found as NIB, stored for years and in 100% condition - also about the same price) which would you pick?

    This . . .
    [​IMG]

    or this . . .
    [​IMG]

    (These aren't the actual guns I am looking at buying, just found some fairly representative pics on the web.)

    Have owned lots of S&W's, but never a 27 and only experience with DA Colt's is an old Police Positive and an Anaconda. I've always been a S&W fan, but for this, somehow the Colt really looks good to me.

    Other than the fact I just plain want one of these, I think they are only going to get more costly and it's probably better to get one as soon as I can??

    Would really appreciate opinions from you all on this.
    Thanks.
     
  2. joneb

    joneb Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2005
    Messages:
    3,657
    Location:
    Oregon
    The Colt Python, it's a better gun.
     
  3. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2003
    Messages:
    5,054
    Location:
    Louisiana
    For shooting, I'd get the Smith. For having, I'd get the Colt.

    The Pythons have just spiked in price after Colt announced no more to be made. You may still find a Python priced less than $800-1000, but it is going to get harder and harder.

    Right now you can still find a nice six inch Model 27-2 with box and tools for $500 and change.

    Neither will be going down in price, but the Python will level out before the Smith. If the Python is priced around $500-600 (as in similar to a Model 27), buy it quickly.
     
  4. Bob R

    Bob R Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    698
    Location:
    The Dry Side of WA
    That is a terrible delimma. As it is, I would get the Python. The asking price on these are climbing everyday. What is affordable today, may not be tomorrow.

    Your chances of finding another S&W down the road to buy is probably a little better than finding a good example of the Colt.

    YMMV

    bob
     
  5. knoxx45

    knoxx45 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2006
    Messages:
    206
    Are you trying to start trouble?

    Just kidding...

    Seriously though, the Pythons are the finest production revolvers ever made, maybe, dare I say it, the BEST production guns ever made. The level of skill and care that went into them along with their surperb balance and smooth trigger places them beyond reproach. The other thing that is subjective, is that the Pyhton is also the best looking revolver ever made. I am surley biased, but after shooting one, or owning a few, how could I not be? The python is art in motion. It is functional perfectionism. It is a design that won hearts with its beauty, and minds with its grace. I cannot speak highly enough of this "Snake", for any efforts on my part would be disapointing. My only advice is to shoot one, and then you will believe.
     
  6. zoom6zoom

    zoom6zoom Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2006
    Messages:
    2,908
    Location:
    Virginia
    C'mon, get 'em both. You know you wanna...
     
  7. Slvr Surfr

    Slvr Surfr Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2006
    Messages:
    298
    Location:
    DFW, Texas, USA
    Buy both............. if not Id get the Python, you wont regret it. Theyre becoming more and more rare. They are about the most "factory custom" of a revolver that can be had.
     
  8. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,879
    Location:
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    I'd mortage the property, and get both~!:eek: :D :D :D
     
  9. ARTiger

    ARTiger Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2006
    Messages:
    803
    Seems most like the Python . . . so do I. While I'd love to get both, that would probably have me looking for a divorce lawyer soon after :eek:

    Also see the logic in getting the Colt now because they are climbing in price faster and that chances of finding a nice Mod. 27 down the road are probably good anyhow.

    So, new plan . . . get the Python now (it's $700 for a NIB 1966 model!!) then I'll start saving for the S&W. That will also give me time to find a better deal on the 27. The one I'm looking at now is $650 - it IS unfired however.

    Thanks all for the input. I'll post some pics after I get it next week.
     
  10. GUNKWAZY

    GUNKWAZY Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2004
    Messages:
    976
    Location:
    AZ
    NIB vintage Python for only "7" bones.... No doubt about it. BUY IT !!!!
    It's a easy $1000 gun at auction. EASY !!!
    Heck, if you had to, you could sell the box for $100 and the grips for $200. You could keep the gun as a shooter for $400. Buy Buy buy !!!!

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
     
  11. YodaVader

    YodaVader Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    940
    Location:
    Indiana
    I agree , for $700 BUY IT NOW! I see a lot of the auctions on Pythons that start out higher than that. There would be many here who would buy it in heartbeat at that price!
     
  12. sgt127

    sgt127 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2003
    Messages:
    1,084
    I actually prefer the trigger on a Smith. I have some of each. Given the choice, I prefer the trigger on one of my Model 27's over my Python. And, I prefer the trigger of my Model 18 Smith over my .22 Diamondback. Although my Diamondback was my first hand gun, I didn't own another Colt revolver for many years. I did almost all my shooting with Smith revolvers. If you offered me either of the listed guns as a shooter, I would take the Smith. As far as value down the road, I would go with the Python.
     
  13. ACORN

    ACORN Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2003
    Messages:
    538
    Location:
    "The shining city on a hill"
    IMO the Smith has a better trigger,and will hold up better under use. The Colt as others have also said, will probably be worth more down the road. As for the Colt being the "finest" ever produced, everyone has their own opinion. I don't share that one.
     
  14. Iggy

    Iggy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    3,011
    Location:
    Wyoming
    Run! Do not walk!! Get the Python!!

    I am a smith man myself, but only because I could never afford a Python.
     
  15. PinnedAndRecessed

    PinnedAndRecessed member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2004
    Messages:
    1,542
    Yeah, you're right. I'd choose..........

    *

    *

    *

    BOTH!!
     
  16. wundudnee

    wundudnee Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2005
    Messages:
    175
    Location:
    N.E. Kansas
    Colt versus Smith?

    I must admit that I am slightly biased towards S&Ws. However the price is definitely right on the Python. You only have one choice. Buy them both, can you say "credit card?" It's called (creative financing). Seriously, finding a NIB 27-2 ain't going to get any easier.

    Here is a picture of my only Colt, it's the one in the middle.;)
    [​IMG]
     
  17. Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2003
    Messages:
    764
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    There is only ONE word in fine double action revolvers, and that word is Python.

    (Although the 6" is my least favorite)

    Congratulations. There will never be bluing like that again.
     
  18. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    10,755
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    Thats the way I see it ... S&W still makes 6" .357mag revolvers, Colt does not (and at $700 its a steal).


    :scrutiny:
    Money no object? Korth. There is no "ONE word" in fine double action revolvers. S&W revolvers (especially the older ones like the 27-2) are every bit as nice as a Python ... both are likely going to shoot better than I can shoot them.


    You'll find another S&W 27-2 for that price in that shape (although it'll take some hunting I'm sure), you're not going to find another Python for that price in that shape ever ... I would bet that within the next year you won't even be able to buy a beat up Python for under a grand.


    If you can swing it buy both :)
     
  19. Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2003
    Messages:
    764
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    You have your opinion and I have mine-- the correct one.

    :neener:
     
  20. GUNKWAZY

    GUNKWAZY Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2004
    Messages:
    976
    Location:
    AZ
    C-mon Snake, go easy on 'em.
    Some of us love Pythons and the others just won't admit it....:neener:

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
     
  21. Bob R

    Bob R Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    698
    Location:
    The Dry Side of WA
    Jeff,

    A Python thread and no picturse!? You must be slipping!

    bob
     
  22. GUNKWAZY

    GUNKWAZY Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2004
    Messages:
    976
    Location:
    AZ
    Sorry Bob,
    I'm on it !!!

    [​IMG]

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
     
  23. Cromlech

    Cromlech Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2006
    Messages:
    695
    Location:
    England, U.K.
    Stop taunting and tormenting me. :(
     
  24. Deanimator

    Deanimator Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    10,599
    Location:
    Rocky River, Ohio
    Depends upon what you want the gun for.

    S&Ws will almost always have (or be capable of having) a MUCH better double action than Colts. That's just the way they're made.

    On the other hand, there's just something beautiful about a Python.

    I've got two Model 27s. I've passed up several opportunities to buy Pythons in the last seven years or so.
     
  25. CSA 357

    CSA 357 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,400
    Location:
    North Alabama
    if you want a shooter get the 27, if you want a gun just to look at get the 27 and a picture of the python!:D i have 3 27s i had a 21/2 inch python one time never did realy learn to love it, traded ot for a n frame smith, *csa*
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page