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Will Colt Ever Make Python Again?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by razorback2003, Nov 10, 2012.

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  1. razorback2003

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    Now that Colt is making some cool guns, will the Python ever be made again? King Cobra? Anaconda?
     
  2. Chevelle SS

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    I hope so!
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    Traditional V spring Python, no.
    The various coil spring guns, a distant possibility.

    I saw a Mk III Python prototype that was really a handsome gun, built on the Trooper Mk III action but with vent rib and underlug on barrel and a Royal Blue finish. We all turned our noses up at it then, so they did not build any, but it is about our only chance now.
     
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    I'm not sure Colt even still has the machinery, considering what they did with the SAA machinery during WWII.
     
  5. DPris

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    Question comes up regularly, you must have missed the last 20 or so times. :)
    The answer is no.
    Denis
     
  6. savit260

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    No.
    ... and if they did, it's doubtfull it would be anything but a Python in name only.
     
  7. ColtPythonElite

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    I would like to see a version similar to what Jim Watson saw built...Basically, a King Cobra with a Python barrel. If they could keep the cost under a grand, I would like 8, please...One each from 2"-8" barrel lengths in both blue and polished stainless.
     
  8. Jim K

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    If you hold your breath waiting for it to happen, you will turn a very interesting shade of purple.

    Jim
     
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    Colt python

    The S&W 686 is the closest thing to the Python.I've had one for three years now ,never regretted buying it,solid gun ,very accurate darn good looking too.
     
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    I can only hope!
     
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    I have mixed feelings since I already have 2 Pythons. New Pythons may effect the current prices. Will Colt make Pythons in the future? Who knows. I doubt they will make the traditional Python but an upgraded version is possible. The original Python, the Python II, the Python MK III. I also have a 686 and it is as good as any Python in my opinion. Both are far more accurate than I am.
     
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    Let's say that the engineers and designers at Colt came up with a Python designed on the latest CAD/CAM equipment. The Python would still be more expensive than comparable L-framed S&W's. The edge the Python has, is that the parts are hand-fitted, honed, and assembled by folks who specialized in that type of work. The folks who did that remain only in customer service and/or the Custom Shop, and the ramp-up time to train new folks is just too long to get a new Python to the market.

    And the market is not so friendly toward wheel guns. Everything is the "plastic fantastic".

    The folks you communicate on this site, the Colt Forum, the S&W forum, etc., are just a small sampling of total firearms owners; and that's not enough for Colt to commit several millions of dollars toward developing a revolver which has a declining market share.

    The term is niche markets, and those niche markets are dearly expensive.
     
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    Colt is now a much smaller and reformed company.

    The labor costs associated with the Python would kill them.
     
  15. Checkman

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    Nope. Save your money and buy one. It'll hurt, but at least you'll have one. But no more new ones will be made. Times and markets change. It sucks though.
     
  16. natman

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    Will Colt ever make some sort of a revolver and call it a Python?
    I hope not. Heck, it's doubtful that Colt will make any DA revolver ever again. There just isn't enough of a market anymore.

    Will Colt ever make Pythons like they used to?
    No. The amount of hand labor that went into a Python would be completely unaffordable.

    If you want one, buy one now.
     
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    I saw a 6" blued at a gun show recently, I advised my wife it is on the list.
     
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    If Colt was able by some miracle of modern manufacturing, manufacture, and sell a revolver, EXACTLY like the old Python, and sell it let's say, they average price of a Python today, they probably couldn't give them away.

    The Python world would quickly divide into "old" and "new" Pythons. The price of the "old" ones would go further out of the roof. The "new" ones would sit on shelves. Internet forums would be full of posts telling us how the "new" ones aren't as good as the "old" ones. Magazine articles would tell us they're better. Any flaw someone found in one, would become a problem for all.

    Most people would look at them and say "I'll just get a Glock."

    Don't forget. They didn't sell a LOT of them back in the day. Most people looked at the price and bought a Trooper, or a Smith & Wesson...or a Taurus.
     
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    Probably not as a regular production item.Maybe as a Custom Shop item that will cost $$$.
     
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    Not a lot of innovative thinking going on at Colt these days. I wouldn't hold your breath.
     
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    NO!

    Before long, they will no longer be able to service them.
     
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    I heard not too long ago I heard the reason they wouldn't make it again is because they were hand fitted by highly trained employees, most of whom are now retired or passed away. They most prohibitive part of the process would not be the tooling, but training so many employees to hand fit them again
     
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    Python as was? Not a prayer. A revisited one perhaps due to semi-autos getting hammered somewhere down the road legislatively? I should think so.

    I'd say for the time being, look to the fact that they've totally backed out of the DA revolver game.
     
  24. Guillermo

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    If Colt brings back the Python it will be a polymer/mim gun similar to the Ruger LCR and marked "Python II".

    Faux stag grips will be standard.


    All kidding aside...they lack the ability to build a gun like the Python.
    How long will they be able to even service the guns they made?
     
  25. DPris

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    They can't do it as a limited production custom shop item, they'd have to sell in large volume to recoup setup costs & make a sustained profit.
    The market isn't there for a $2000 gun to allow that.
    Denis
     
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