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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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Bought it new at Reeds in San Jose when they were located on Alum Rock (blvd-ave-rd). I didn't have a clue back then in the pre-internet cusp of the computer era as to how well these revolvers were made but I distinctly wanted a Colt revolver. I had enough money at the time to buy it and lived without some bachelor cash for a while but belive me, if you don't own one, hopefully you can find one just to shoot a cylinder's worth. .357, .38+P, .38, it truly enjoys any ammunition you can serve up.

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I wanted a Python for years, finally was able to find one at a price that I could afford. All logical arguments aside, They just look cool. And they shoot pretty good also.

1964 Python.
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I would love to own one some day. They are fantastic pieces.

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Cool I like my Smiths, but they ARE AWESOME!

I'd pit my 586 against a Python anyday. wrt the blueing. And yes, I've shot a Python in the last 20 days.

The guns of that day have a coating that looks like ceramic.

But alas, the Colt's are worth 2-3 times the 586's. Luckily, I'm not selling.

But, the Python, Anaconda have that really awesome rail above the barrel..

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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
They have gotten waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too expensive, even for how nice they are. A pre-1960 S&W 27 is just as nice or nicer than any Python. The appeal of the Python is the look, the nostalgia, their use in video games, and the fact that they are no longer made that has made them stupid expensive.

Remember that for all the talk about how nice they lock up, the lock work is the same as many Colts, such as the Officers Model Match, which can be found for $300-$500 all day long.
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Still the smoothest action production revolver I've ever shot.
2nd that remark
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Every time I see him hold his gun I wonder why he's trying to shoot the zombie in the balls.

Also, hasn't he lost the gun like five times already? Yet it keeps magically coming back?

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Not sure what that is, but it isn't a factory Python.
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You think Steve McQueen would have bought an H&R copy?? lolz
But I agree - it seems a bit light for a Python.
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Coz they are the super model of revolvers, nothing else comes close.


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I'd pit my 586 against a Python anyday. wrt the blueing. And yes, I've shot a Python in the last 20 days.
I've owned both S&W 586 and 686 (early 1980s - the 686 was a Hunter Classic), and Pythons (since mid 1970s) and from a production/out-of-the-box perspective, in my opinion, there was really no comparison in the smoothness of the action. Sold the Smiths in 1993 to help with a down payment on a house. I still have my Pythons.
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They weren't in any video games when I first laid my hands on one and heard and felt that single action "click". There was a very jealous 686 nearby and for $925, even in the condition that was probably in, I think he mentioned "holster wear", you could have turned it around and made $250-300 in the same thread.

I'm assuming that's a production still from 'The Living Dead'? Good on them, but most Python fans don't need Hollywood to tell them what they already know.

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a little info about the Colt Python:

http://www.coltfever.com/The_Colt_Python.html
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The reason for the thread was I just brought these two in on a trade today...

6" Blue Python:






...and 8 3/4" S&W Model 29-3 Nickel:


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I'd pit my 586 against a Python anyday. wrt the blueing. And yes, I've shot a Python in the last 20 days.

The guns of that day have a coating that looks like ceramic.

But alas, the Colt's are worth 2-3 times the 586's. Luckily, I'm not selling.

But, the Python, Anaconda have that really awesome rail above the barrel..

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I bought my Python in 1978 NIB for 389.50. Dave's guns in Costa Mesa CA, Dave's always had a pot of coffee on for us .The Python has been used little ,6 inch barrell, extra set of rubber grips and a set of Mother of Pearl that I bought from the Owner of Eagle Grips at the Las Vagas arms show. Fine gun nice action. I also bought a 4" Diamond back from Dave. This gun was shot alot. All the small shops around here are gone. Little John's still has coffee for us , I bought a Colt Trooper MK111 ,Nickel with 5 Inch barrell there. Troopers are great too.
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Pythons only real rival is the model 27, some would argue Pythons are to delicate and after a while can go out of time, especially with heavy loads, in continous double action mode. I suspect those Pythons have really been abused, a Python should give you decades of trouble free use, unless your stupid with it. Who shoots double action anyway, i never see it at the gun range.
Some Smiths 27.

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Who shoots double action anyway, i never see it at the gun range.
Only people who know how to fight with a revolver. Single action is fun, but you aren't going to get off six accurate rounds in four seconds with it.
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I'd pit my 586 against a Python anyday. wrt the blueing. And yes, I've shot a Python in the last 20 days.

The guns of that day have a coating that looks like ceramic.

But alas, the Colt's are worth 2-3 times the 586's. Luckily, I'm not selling.

But, the Python, Anaconda have that really awesome rail above the barrel..

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I don't know what pistol that is, but it's not a Python - the sigght placement is wrong a ndthe Python didn't have a hammer mounted firing pin. Maybe it's a Manhurin or a Korth, but not a Python.
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I want what I can't have... the harder it is to get, the more I want it.... just like my ladies.
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It's all about the royal blue. Stainless and nickel, meh
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The python is a work of art that manufacturers don't produce any more. The way it was designed and built puts quality and smoothness of operations above cost savings (which is sadly every manufacturer's concern these days). It's like a high end product (say, cars) that are produced in limited quantity, but kept at a high quality for those with discriminating taste. Ashton Martin comes to mind. You can buy a more functional luxury GT for less, but there is just something about the history/lineage, the allure, and the emotional response that it evokes, that others can't match.
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That's an H&R M-940 .22lr revolver.
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Every Python I've ever shot had the smoothest double action I've ever felt. The downside is their fragility, both from long use with heavy loads (I've seen a couple go out of time but it took a lot of abuse to do it) and the easy to snap off hammer spur (one of my watch partners dropped his from behind a barricade, about 2 1/2 feet; it landed on the spur and that was it) requiring a trip back to the factory for a new hammer.
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Pythons only real rival is the model 27, some would argue Pythons are to delicate and after a while can go out of time, especially with heavy loads, in continous double action mode. I suspect those Pythons have really been abused, a Python should give you decades of trouble free use, unless your stupid with it. Who shoots double action anyway, i never see it at the gun range.
Some Smiths 27.
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I pick her up on the 19th! Disregard my earlier posts dismissing "Colt Fanboyism" and "Cultural prevalence."
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Python blue is well known but S&W has done some great blue as seen on
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pretty but overrated and seriously overpriced. The Colt name and blue are selling points, but the corresponding S&W's of the same period(s) will go toe-to toe with them anyday
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pretty but overrated and seriously overpriced. The Colt name and blue are selling points, but the corresponding S&W's of the same period(s) will go toe-to toe with them anyday
Desirable S&W's are no cheaper than Pythons though.
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I pick her up on the 19th! Disregard my earlier posts dismissing "Colt Fanboyism" and "Cultural prevalence."
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It's simply a beautiful gun. Just like a table can either be used to set things on, be a piece of art, or both so can a gun. The elegance is its simplicity
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