A Condensed History of the Colt Python
The Colt Python is a .357 Magnum caliber revolver formerly manufactured by Colt’s Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. It is sometimes referred to as a “Combat Magnum”. It was first introduced in 1955. Some firearms collectors and writers have described the Python as the finest production revolver ever made. It features precision adjustable sights, a smooth trigger, solid construction and extra metal. Python’s have a distinct appearance due to a full barrel underlug and a ventilated rib. From the 1970’s each Python revolver was boresighted at the factory with a laser, the first mass produced revolver for which this was done.
In October 1999, Colt Manufacturing Company announced that it was ceasing Production of Python revolvers. In a 2000 follow-up letter to distributors, the company cited changing market conditions and the cost of defending lawsuits as the reason for the discontinuation of the Python line. The Colt Custom Gun Shop continued making a limited number of Pythons on special order until 2005, when even this limited production ceased.
Official Colt historian R.L. Wilson described the Colt Python as the “Rolls-Royce Of Colt revolvers” and firearms historian Ian A. Hogg referred to it as the “best Handgun in the world”.
One of the most common questions on gun forums is ” will Colt ever bring back the Python?”. The revolver required a lot of hand fitting and polishing skills, skills that are hard to find today in the firearms industry. Even if you had the people to do the job, the time and talent involved would result in a very expensive gun. Most shooters, and certainly collectors, would rather put their money into an original Colt Python.
A more detailed history of the Colt Python can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Python.
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