Colt Teasing that 2021 Will Be the Year of the Anaconda

Colt Teasing that 2021 Will Be the Year of the Anaconda
Colt means business with the return of the Anaconda in .44 Magnum. (Photo: Colt)

Colt is bringing back its famous big-bore revolver, the Anaconda in .44 Magnum, for 2021. Now in production and starting to ship, the Anaconda is returning in both 6-inch and 8-inch models.

The .44 is based on Colt’s updated .357 Magnum design, scaled up and reinforced for the hard-hitting cartridge. Of course, shooters can always shoot friendlier .44 Special ammunition at the range.

These guns are returning with all the same looks as the originals, with full-length underlugs, ventilated rib topstraps, and Colt’s semi-bright polished finish. They ship with target sights including adjustable rear sights and a red ramp up-front.

The double-action revolvers chamber six rounds in the cylinder and are built on forged stainless steel parts. They are shipping with Hogue over-molded rubber grips to help with the recoil, which are replaceable with standard Python grips.

Colt Teasing that 2021 Will Be the Year of the Anaconda
In addition, the frames are drilled and tapped for optics, for longer-range and precision shooting, which is particularly nice for handgun hunters. (Photo: Colt)

In addition to the grips, the sheer mass of these guns will help with hot-loaded magnum ammo. The 6-inch model weighs in at 53 ounces, while the 8-inch weighs a hefty 59 ounces, unloaded.

The trigger pull on these is about 12 pounds in double action, and 5 pounds in single action, and is characteristically smooth in both. The .44 Anaconda is about 7.5 inches tall and 13 or 15 inches long, depending on the model.

It’s possible that Colt also has plans for other chamberings, like .45 Colt, but for now, they’ll have no trouble finding buyers for their new-production .44 Magnum Anacondas. Even at the suggested retail pricing, which, in all fairness, is the same as the .357 Magnum Pythons.

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As of now the MSRP on these snake guns is $1,499, which is a premium over the re-launched Colt Cobras, ranging from $699 all the way up to $1,299, depending on the model. Still, real-world and online pricing can be less, although it might take time for prices to come down.

For many shooters, this may be their first chance to shoot one of these classic revolvers, since original examples from the ’90s are getting harder and harder to find. And because these are new production guns, they’re going to be a lot more shootable, with originals becoming collector’s items and safe queens.

Between these being the new hotness and today’s market for firearms, if you want one and see one in stock, you had better move fast. These will not stay on shelves for long.

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  • Hergenroeder Thomas September 6, 2021, 12:45 am

    Any plans on doing the ridiculous drop testing and getting some of these babies in the hands of us California tree haters

  • Sean March 31, 2021, 12:22 pm

    Please don’t let Colt make the mistake of heavier springs causing a heavier trigger pull. Disappointed in my new generation Python.

  • Tim March 30, 2021, 12:16 pm

    Has CZ officially taken over Colt? I would be interested in one if CZ is manufacturing them. I have zero interest in colt, prior to CZ made remakes.

  • Kb31416 March 30, 2021, 7:14 am

    Anaconda? I’m still trying to get a python. It’s on the top of my list of guns that I don’t need but that I’m still going to buy. The ultimate upgrade to my security six that I have been using since I purchased it used in the 1980s.

  • Mark Potter March 29, 2021, 9:04 pm

    Make one in .45 Colt and Ill buy it. .44 mag….yawn…

  • Dexter Winslett March 29, 2021, 12:34 pm

    As a police officer I carried a 629 until I retired. Since SW added the Clinton hole I boycott them. Would love one of these.

    • Marc Kappel April 5, 2021, 3:36 pm

      That is exactly why I am in love with the Colt Revolvers. NO HILLARY HOLE!!! I would happily be a S&W fan but Colt caught my heart by making them the way I want them made.

  • Dan White March 29, 2021, 10:59 am

    I have had one of these for years. I had it ported. Had the long barrel and traded it for a 6″. It is a great hand gun with more power than needed for most shooting. The .44 special shells work very well for target practice.

  • Barrelstove March 27, 2021, 9:26 pm

    How much will the Colt Anaconda come out to be?

  • Andrew Ling March 26, 2021, 7:19 am

    Here we go again! I was only successful in getting 1 new Python at the MSRP back in April 2020. One back-ordered since then at the price($1499.00). I will see how this one will play out. Since CZ bought out Colt, I hope the quality and service will be the same. I want two of these beauties.

  • Matt March 26, 2021, 5:58 am

    They may produce them and think that will make it the year. But the only way it will truly be the year is if they keep the price at what a normal man can afford. Something that we have not seen in a long time for several of the makes of guns.

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