Colt’s Bringing Back the 3-inch Python in .357 Mag!

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Colt is officially putting their 3-inch Python revolver back into production for 2022. Once a very limited run of only 500 revolvers, Colt is now remaking the 3-inch, six-shot handgun chambered for .357 Magnum.

Colt recently brought back the Python and it’s been a huge success. Offered with 4.25- or 6-inch barrel options, the new Pythons blend the timeless design with improved modern manufacturing methods and an updated, stronger frame.

Like the scarce “Colt Combat Python,” the new 3-inch model has a full-length underlug and ejector rod, a single vent rib, interchangeable full-size sights front and rear, and an exposed hammer for double- and single-action shooting. Apart from some internal changes as part of the update, the only major change is the grips and the finish.

The original revolvers had a deep blued finish and small boot grips. The 3-inch Colt Python has a semi-bright stainless finish and ships with standard full-size grips, although those are easily replaceable. The included grips are checkered walnut with a silver Colt medallion.

Of course, the biggest difference between the modern 3-inch model and the rare classic revolver is that these are not irreplaceable pieces of Colt history.

These guns, while they are collectible, even heirloom handguns, are meant to be carried and used. They can be loaded with full-house .357 Magnum rounds or light .38 Special target ammunition for different shooting roles, from teaching new shooters, target shooting, revolver sports and naturally, self-defense, if needed.

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Weighing in at 40 ounces unloaded, this compact revolver still has enough heft to help control recoil, even shooting hard-hitting ammo. It has an overall length of 8.5 inches and measures about 5.5 inches tall and just over 1.5 inches wide at the cylinder.

The trigger pull is rated to about 8 pounds in double action, give or take, and about half that in single action.

The 3-inch model is priced the same as the other new Pythons at $1,499, although demand for these in particular is going to be up there. If you’re interested in picking up a 3-inch Python, jump on the opportunity when you find them in stock.

For more information about these and the rest of Colt’s current lineup, head over to their website today.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Ej harbet January 17, 2022, 6:01 pm

    I long ago discovered that a 3inch barrel was ideal for a ccw/HD revolver.

  • Stephen January 10, 2022, 12:43 pm

    I realize the Colt name demands respect but the prices on these things these days are the other side of absolute rediculous! They are pricing themselves out of existence…

  • Bertil Wockatz January 10, 2022, 12:10 pm

    My fairly old 3″ Python is the most handy beauty you could imagine. The 6″ was fine, but this…

  • David Neidhardt Jr January 8, 2022, 11:14 pm

    I have the 357 King Cobra with 4″ barrel. I love it.

  • Robert January 8, 2022, 12:00 pm

    Of course I love all pythons, but bright stainless? If it’s not blued, it’s not an old school traditional revolver. Pythons look the best in blue.

  • Jake January 7, 2022, 9:58 am

    I am hoping Colt will bring back the Diamondback in .22. Those were beautiful. I suggested to CZ that they do this only make it a 10 rounder like S&W did with the 617 K-22 currently made by them. Keeping those fingers crossed.

    • CJ January 8, 2022, 7:29 pm

      I second that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Philip January 10, 2022, 1:11 pm

      And, Ruger with the GP 100 in 10 round LR. Love’m for steel challenge.

  • Lloyd Manis January 7, 2022, 9:41 am

    Really like the 357 colt what does it cost

  • Lloyd Manis January 7, 2022, 9:39 am

    Really like the 357 colt

  • ken kryl January 7, 2022, 9:14 am

    I just wish that being it’s so hard to get ammo that one can afford, why can’t these manufacturers make more revolvers in 9mm. The cost of 38,380,, and 45 are so high that you can’t afford to target shoot and practice. I love colt firearms and always have to buy them used, but I love the guns!

  • Kb31416 January 7, 2022, 6:29 am

    I have been looking for a 6” python since they have been introduced, and have yet to find one in any of my local shops. PSA has them on rare occasions, but at $300 MORE than the suggested $1499.
    I’m still looking.

    • John Boutwell January 7, 2022, 10:41 am

      Me too, I have a SS polished 4” Python, it’s a great gun and a tack driver.

    • Cea January 11, 2022, 8:47 am

      Sportsman’s Warehouse near me has 6” Pythons (in stock!!) for $1400! As of two days ago…

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