First produced beginning in 1955, the Colt Python rapidly earned a reputation for panache and superb smooth-shooting accuracy. Considered by many wheelgun aficionados to be one of, if not the, finest double-action revolvers ever produced, Pythons are in the same class as Lamborghinis and gold pocket watches. Colt discontinued the firearm around 2005, and the already significant value of available revolvers rapidly surpassed what you might pay for a five-day ocean cruise.
The drought has ended: January 2020 saw the reintroduction of the Python, featuring a couple significant upgrades to the original design. Colt has thickened and strengthened the revolver’s top strap (a slightly weak link in the original models) by 30 percent, as well as reengineering the internal working parts of the action. They claim this will render the handgun’s double-action even smoother than original (is that possible?).
Currently offered only in stainless steel, available barrel lengths are 4.25 inches and 6-inches. Cylinder capacity is six, and the revolvers—just like the originals—are chambered in .357 Magnum. The front sight is interchangeable via a simple set screw, and the adjustable rear sight features an additional tiny setscrew to eliminate unwanted sight movement. Laminated and checkered wooden grips grace the handle.
I was able to put a couple dozen rounds through the new Python during the 2020 SHOT Show Range Day, and found the action silky smooth, the single-action trigger crisp and the balance superb. Fit and finish were very nice.
Suggested retail price for the new Python is just under $1,500. For more information, visit colt.com.