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View Poll Results: Why is the Python so desirable?
Made by Colt. 36 19.05%
Fit and Finish. 58 30.69%
Early Models are, late models aren't. 15 7.94%
It looks good. 52 27.51%
Other. 28 14.81%
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Default The Python. Why is it so desirable...?

I have been watching a thread go nuts over one of these for $925 tonight... It sold in 1 minute flat as they have been going for closer to $2,000 of late.

I have my reasons for liking the Python but I figured I would give everyone a stab at explaining their reasons for liking the Python. So, why in your experience/opinion/mind is the Python so desirable. I will also posit that I think a nice Smith and Wesson provides a better double action trigger pull for less money just to further provide a medium for commentary.

If I could edit the poll I would add "Because everyone else wants one." but it doesn't look like editing polls is possible.

Here is my 6" Blue Colt Python followed by my 6" Blue S&W Model 27-2:






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One of, if not the best triggers in the business.
It's made by Colt
You can't buy them unless they are already in CA
Build quality is some of the best
It's an old Colt
Oh yeah, it's an old Colt?!
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because theyre so bad ***
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Its so sexy...

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It's a .357mag
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you forgot because Rick Grimes carries one
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Aesthetics, pop culture. (You know, the pistol that would take out anybody in one shot in Grand Theft Auto Vice City...)
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The blueing is gaawwwwwwgeous.
I like smiths ad rugers, but Sam Colt is the OG, so that alone creates a desirable mystique to the marque.
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don't know but I want one
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I have a few guns, but my colt trooper mkIII is my favorite. It is a beautiful piece of workmanship. Its not Dirty Harry's gun but close. I may sell my other ones, but never my colt.
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Classic icon of wheel guns.

I'm a Smith fan, but the Python was a piece of history.

I knew a few guys that owned a "Smolt" revolver. It was a Smith & Wesson frame with a Python barrel installed. They were pretty cool.
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Smoothest action of any pistol made.

Best looks of any pistol made.

Other than that, who knows.
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They are badass... It blow zombies heads off in the original resident evil game... And the look on my uncles face when I was a kid around that time and I dropped his prized python barrel first on his welding table... A smith pre lock wouldn't have made his face that red.
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I like it/want it because Rick uses one in Walking Dead. I know that's shallow, but hey...
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Because it kills zombies with one shot every single time.
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They were awesome out of the box in their day. As mentioned above, best trigger one could find in a factory wheel gun. They were just plain cool to look at, too. They weren't a terribly tough gun. I remember way back in the early 80's being told of LEO situations where crane assemblies were easily tweaking when the gun was inadvertently dropped rendering it unfireable. It ws too pretty for duty carry, anyway.

That said, I jumped ship from the Colt kool-aid well over a decade ago when they (Colt) were the first one's to put their tail between their legs and run, leaving the American Public hanging when they decided to stop handgun production for the American Citizens but continue on with Gov contracts for the AR platform, etc. I still don't think they caught enough heat for that and other than a 100% Model 1903 collector I own, I would never buy another Colt again. F***'em and feed 'em tuna fish.
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Hands down, some of the best trigger pull I have ever felt in both my Pythons. One tuned and one factory. The tuned is even crisper and easier to pull along with being accurate as all hell. I like smith but ill take a python over a 686
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The piano black finish on the blued models are unmatched. Triggers are very nice too. Personally though.. I'm fine with just Smiths and Rugers. I know if I were to have a Colt, I'd run the risk of wanting to baby it.
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I think the name and the looks/lines are what make popular/desirable.

They certainly are not more durable than say a S&W model 27 and theDA trigger on mine isn't much better, if at all than my model 27. the double action is smooth and fast but not as linear as a S&W. The single action is not better than a S&W and all this for twice the money. If you shoot too many magnum loads, you will need some tuning, good luck finding a gunsmith willing to work on a Python.

They have that look though
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All great answers. I think the full lug and the rail on the top are beautiful.

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I think the name and the looks/lines are what make popular/desirable.

They certainly are not more durable than say a S&W model 27 and theDA trigger on mine isn't much better, if at all than my model 27. the double action is smooth and fast but not as linear as a S&W. The single action is not better than a S&W and all this for twice the money. If you shoot too many magnum loads, you will need some tuning, good luck finding a gunsmith willing to work on a Python.

They have that look though
I agree... the S&W M27 I own seems to rival the Python trigger up and down. I might even say the bluing is similar, need to put them side by side and take a look/photo this weekend.
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should be a multiple choice poll, i would say 4 of the 5.

finally got one, last year, after 37 yrs of wanting one
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great thread. I been hearing a lot about these guns. Just realized my stepdad has one that I think he was wanting to sell. Its got the stainless? finish and a huge freakin scope on it. I will try and snap some pics and see if he still wants to get rid of it.
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all of the above.
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I want one because everyone wants one. I know; I'm such a sheep. :P

Seriously, it is as beautiful a gun as it is lethal.
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Fit, finish, and they are no longer made!
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Aesthetically just about the best looking revolver made. That full underlug actually serves a purpose as well as giving the Python that distinctive profile. Colt put in that smooth action and topped it off with that beautiful deep blue finish. It would be difficult for a gunmaker to match the quality at a reasonable pricepoint these days which is why those early Pythons command so much attention and price.
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Starsky and Hutch!!!
Seriously, in nickel or in blue, it's just a beautiful looking gun. I had the good fortune to fire a friends and for factory, it was the best trigger that I could recall - before I bought my S&W 627-PC, I asked if he'd sell it to me. I was going to offer $1,000 for it because from what I can recall, he only shot 50 rounds out of it and that was in the early 1980's.
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I regrate not getting one when I had the chance. It was either the Python or P7 for my 21 birthday. No regrate on th P7 I did get a S&W686 a few month later, scratched my revolver itch.
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Fit and finish, as well as it looks good. Pristine Pythons are known to make me drool.
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They have always been expensive
I paid $529 when a Ruger Redhawk was $325
Smiths were in the $400 range

Looking back nowadays $500 is nothing, but back then it was allot of money

Had I known I would have bought a dozen

A piece of art and it shoots.......
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Doesn't do it for me...then again the big bulky revolvers aren't really my thing, they don't appeal to me for some reason. I'm all about single actions, Colt being on my list, but the double actions(Ruger Alaskan, Colt Python, etc,etc) I have no interest in. Maybe I need to shoot them more to appreciate them....
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You left out "All of the Above."

People are going nuts over a $925 Python because it is severely underpriced if it's blue & in good shape. Most are probably wanting to flip it & make several hunnert bucks.
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Still the smoothest action production revolver I've ever shot.
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Classic and sexy. Great addition to any collection and shoots. That should be enough for me.
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In response to your thread title "That's what she said"
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Hands down, some of the best trigger pull I have ever felt in both my Pythons. One tuned and one factory. The tuned is even crisper and easier to pull along with being accurate as all hell. I like smith but ill take a python over a 686
I would too, but I'd take a Registered Magnum or early Model 27 before I'd take a Python.


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I think the name and the looks/lines are what make popular/desirable.

They certainly are not more durable than say a S&W model 27 and theDA trigger on mine isn't much better, if at all than my model 27. the double action is smooth and fast but not as linear as a S&W. The single action is not better than a S&W and all this for twice the money. If you shoot too many magnum loads, you will need some tuning, good luck finding a gunsmith willing to work on a Python.

They have that look though
...and the "tuning" would perhaps include a bent crane.


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I agree... the S&W M27 I own seems to rival the Python trigger up and down. I might even say the bluing is similar, need to put them side by side and take a look/photo this weekend.
I'd say just based on history that the Python seems to rival the M27's trigger.

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I have an 8" nickel "Python Target" in 38 Special, of the 3 or 4 Pythons I've owned that's the one that survives. I also have an OM Trooper and OMM.

The Python action is excellent, I think the longer hammer spur gives increased leverage and adds to the perception. But it does stack and is a touch slow - less "crisp" - than Smiths. Otherwise the original "357" and OM Trooper and OMM are the same and when tweaked are as smooth as the Python.

I think the main reason for liking the Python is finish and styling.
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Because it automaticly headshots zombie children and makes them fly backwards in slo-mo.
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