Fabulous New in Box example of the sought after Colt Python “Combat Magnum” revolver manufactured in 1969 with a 6-inch ventilated rib barrel and Colt’s Royal Blue finish. This example has the third version of walnut grips with checkering that ends below the gold medallions in a straight line across the grips. Stampings are standard for the Colt Python and the sights are a ramped blade front sight and adjustable notch target rear sight. As a matter of history, the Colt Python is a double-action handgun chambered for the powerful .357 Magnum cartridge built on Colt's large I-frame. Pythons have a reputation for accuracy, smooth trigger pull and a tight cylinder lock-up. The Colt Python was first introduced in 1955 as Colt's top-of-the-line model and was originally intended to be a large-frame 38 Special target revolver. As a result of this original intent, the Python features precision adjustable sights, a smooth trigger, solid construction, and extra metal. Pythons have a distinct appearance due to a full barrel underlug, ventilated rib and adjustable sights. Originally, Colt manufactured Pythons with hollow underlugs but then decided to leave the underlug solid to work as a stabilizing barrel weight. When the revolver is at full cock, as the trigger is pressed, the cylinder locks up for the duration of the hammer strike. Other revolver designs have a hint of looseness even at full-cock but a properly timed Python does not. The gap between the cylinder and forcing cone is very tight, further aiding accuracy and velocity. Each Python revolver was boresighted at the factory with a laser and was the first mass-produced revolver to do so. In October 1999, Colt Manufacturing Co. announced the termination of its production of Python revolvers. In a 2000 follow-up letter to distributors, the company cited changing market conditions and the costs of defending lawsuits as the reasons for the discontinuation of the Python line, and a number of other models as well. The Colt Custom Gun Shop continued making a limited number of Pythons on special order until approximately 2005, when they terminated even this limited production. Some firearm collectors and writers such as Jeff Cooper, Ian V. Hogg, Chuck Hawks, Leroy Thompson, Renee Smeets and Martin Dougherty have described the Python as the finest production revolver ever made. Official Colt historian, RL Wilson, described the Colt Python as "the Rolls-Royce of Colt revolvers" and Firearms historian, Ian V. Hogg, referred to it as the "best revolver in the world". Here is your opportunity to own a New in Original Box example of Colt’s Python craftsmanship. Condition is New in Box with 100% original blue. Faint cylinder drag line. The grips are original and excellent.
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