Hey guys, there really isnt much at all to say on this one. After getting it home i discovered a crack in the frame on the right side running vertical under rear sight, see photo. Hogue grips for colt come in rubber as well as hardwood. Theres been considerable interest in the new colt python 2020. Frank glennglenn custom complete gunsmithing service. Colt is a united states firearms manufacturer, founded in 1855. The colt python revolver has an all polymer frame with metal internals. Enter the serial number, without spaces or dashes, to search the database. This trigger pull will have the same feeling from start to finish. Colt redesigned the python in order to reinforce the frame at the top where it gets stressed the most under fire to make it even more durable. I used the following criteria to determine my choices in no particular order. According to colt, the top of the frame has 30 percent more steel in it by crosssection.
Hogue 46200 wood grip goncalo alves, colt python i frame. Doubt they will be in the league as our old hand fitted ones, but interesting to hear. The colt python is a double action handgun chambered for the. The colt python was first introduced in 1955 as colts topoftheline model. Data science is evolving, and this tool provides you with advanced tools to analyze your data and use it for different purposes.
Jan 10, 2020 hey guys, there really isnt much at all to say on this one. I had rediscovered an almost forgotten process whereby a colt trooper could be lightly modified by adding welded material to the top front corner of the frame and grinding it. It was the early 1970s and i was a soldier at fort benning, georgia. Pythons have a reputation for accuracy, smooth trigger pull, and a tight cylinder lockup. The rear sight is still a fully adjustable target sight, which is standard. The colt python was officially introduced in 1955 as colt s topof theline revolver.
I bet the frame is made from a junk modern casting and the internals are more than likely. Colt s early designs played a major role in the popularization of the revolver and the shift away from singleshot pistols. Colt actions, and offers super actiontrigger work on guns like the python. New listing pistol gun presentation case wood box for colt python revolver elite snake. He loves firearms but is isnt knowledgeable in dissassembly repairs, he just shoots and i help him keep em clean. If you want a lighter or smoother trigger in a colt, colt firearms offer trigger work at reasonable prices on most colt revolvers. Gunsmithing the colt double action revolvers the purpose of this section is to make the colt owner aware of the pitfalls of opening up his colt and attempting to do his own repairs, and to offer advise on what repairs to undertake and what to leave to genuine colt qualified experts. Some gunsmiths will attempt to save a barrel with a cracked forcing cone by. Inspired by the successful colt python, the diamondback was manufactured from 1966 to 1988 and was available in barrel lengths of 2. For the colt single action army, grips are available in wood, polymer and scrimshaw. Single and double action revolver with swing out cylinder. Trick out or upgrade your firearm with the largest gun parts selection at. It has some minor pitting in the metal but overall is in great shape.
Colt revolvers if i could be known for one specialty, it would be colt revolvers. The e and i frame doubleaction revolvers included the official police, commando, officers model match, colt 357, the original trooper first in. This was supposed to be a surprise unboxing but this turned into a big fail. Jan 10, 2011 2 years ago he picked up an old colt 1911 not sure of the year, im not very familiar with 1911 at a pawn shop in salem. Notice at first a split and crack on back side of one grip panel and attempted to install.
Colt python the finest production revolver ever made. My friend had shot it a lot and the frame started to crack. It was born in the mid1950s in a postwar era in which quality was already starting to fall from the heights that american gun making had attained in the 1930s and 40s. The new python is much the same as the original in that the balance is perfect. Feb 22, 2008 to the best of my limited knowledge, the only frame cracking on the colt delta elite was in the earliest production run, just above where the slide stop is. So i thought i stumbled on the deal of lifetime with a colt python. Colt python i frame also fits discontinued officers 46200 match hogue famous orthopedic hand shape and of course all are fully relieved for speedloaders carnauba wax which will not crack and peel like cheap, sprayedon finishes. Sold a colt python to a customer going to alaska for a grizzly hunt.
As example, they offer two levels of work on the python. Unfortunately, many of these ivory grips ended up cracking at the junction where they joined the frame, due to recoil of the. This consists of redesigning the entire action so there is no stacking of the double action trigger pull. Jan 02, 2020 colt redesigned the python in order to reinforce the frame at the top where it gets stressed the most under fire to make it even more durable. In the history of modern double action american handguns, the colt python revolver stands above all others. The colt python is a double action handgun chambered for the powerful. New colt python in stock at the time of this posting call before buying to make shure its still in stock. It is not a large frame revolver but neither is it a. Sold him a rifle, scope, pretty much the whole set up. This unfortunately leads to revolver frames destroyed by someone shoving a. The colt python was first introduced in 1955 as colts topofthe. Brand new 686 performance center competitor cracked frame. The labor cost and knowledge drought of properly fitting a python barrel is a factor, but more important is the fact that colt isnt making python barrels any longer.
Pythons have a reputation for accuracy, smooth trigger pull and a tight cylinder lockup. The colt diamondback is a revolver manufactured by colts manufacturing company of hartford, connecticut, in calibers of. Let me preface this list by stating there is no one perfect handgun. But i dont expect the new ones to be the same and its sad in a way that they will keep the names. If youre interested in how this happened, then please read below. Mar 05, 2020 the new python is much the same as the original in that the balance is perfect. Colt python rifles ruger 1022 remington xp100 grip reduction miscellaneous. People new to this blog may also find my previous post on the top. Colt python to be back in production 1911addicts the. I am the original owner of this pistol, having been given to me in high school about 1982, its a model 194. Ring steel in the roaring 20s with a new colt python gunsamerica. Colt s manufacturing company firearms, handguns, pistols, rifles, revolvers. The grips in the picture are the ones you will recieve please view carefully.
They are similar in size and function to the colt trooper and colt lawman revolvers history. So a gunsmith threaded the barrel and screwed on a compensator to help tame the 10mm down. The colt python is iconic, exquisite, and worth every penny of its. The colt python was officially introduced in 1955 as colts topof theline revolver. We went over the python a little, and he handled it, then got all his purchases boxed up and left.
Both panels did not line up with the factory stud that goes through the bottom of grip frame. Similarly, the grizzly of 1994 became another limited edition line fitting the python barrel to the colt king cobra revolver frame. Colt will be getting the gun sent back to them asap. While there are ways to weld the crack, the very high expense of having a top level custom pistolsmithwelder do it is very prohibitive, and is reserved for repairs to revolvers of high historical value, with no guarantee that it will work. By rich grassi originally published in combat handguns may 2005. He was a hunter, and a well to do lawyer, pretty smart guy. The target model was for sport shooting and chambered for the. To the best of my limited knowledge, the only frame cracking on the colt delta elite was in the earliest production run, just above where the slide stop is. Cracks in steel tend to continue to spread, even if you cut the cracked end off, since cracks are a sign of metal fatigue caused by blast damage. This last summer he noticed a scratch on the frame by the slide stop. I have never seen a cracked top strap on a colt, but folks do hot rod their. Pythons produced from 1955 to 1969 have no letter in the serial number and are the most desirable to collectors.
Colt colt wood pistol parts for sale in stock ebay. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. A ramp front sight and colt accro adjustable rear sights completed the barrelframe treatment. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. After the war, colt made a few changes and renamed it the i frame. This is a bare frame for a colt model 1878 double action revolver. Mechanically, the colt double action revolvers are broken into the old style actions and. Cracked forcing cone the firearms forum the buying. Colt s solution was pretty simplethis was the only place anything was happening, so they simply machined the part that was cracking away, and the problem was solved. I had a load that i shot in my trooper and my 2 pythons that consisted of a compressed charge of blue dot under a 125 hp that was a firespitter. The boa appeared in 1985 as a limited edition offering fitting the python barrel to the colt trooper revolver frame. The colt python was first introduced in 1955 as colt s topoftheline model. Colt rattlesnake, colt mamba, colt cottonmouth, i dont care.
Personally, i wish theyd just use new snake names for the new production. I had rediscovered an almost forgotten process whereby a colt trooper could be lightly modified by adding welded material to the top front corner of the frame and grinding it down to python shape. They are similar in size and function to the colt trooper and colt lawman revolvers. Colt python stock factory wood grips 1978 issue in excelent condition no chips or cracks. Those out in the secondary market increase in value on a seemingly daily basis. My beloved sw model 19 357 developed a cracked forcing cone yesterday. If multiple models appear for your serial number simply match the date with the appropriate model, as certain vintage firearms can share serial numbers between different models. Colts early designs played a major role in the popularization of the revolver and the shift away from singleshot pistols. Ring steel in the roaring 20s with a new colt python. That was the era where we found out the forcing cones on k frame.
It was originally intended to be a large frame, double action da. They are highly polished natural bone grips that look and feel just like old ivory, with all the strong grain and character of mother n. The python was a nice gun, but i always admired a fellow officers 4 diamond back. All postwar colt midsized revolvers are i frame guns. Shtfblogs top ten best handguns for teotwawki shtf blog. Colt python serial number tables guncollectorsclub. Colts solution was pretty simplethis was the only place anything was happening, so they simply machined the part that was cracking away, and the problem was solved.448 538 1044 965 1429 588 104 841 1241 305 1182 384 121 1464 411 557 405 563 1218 1325 968 1312 999 939 1202 993 155 200 1084 862 84 1394 695 1259 54