What is my Colt Python Worth?
The Colt Python is one of the most distinguishable firearms ever produced. Debuting in 1955, the Colt Python was released with the intention to be Colt’s premier model as well as the top-of-the-line revolver on the market.
From “Fight Club” to the “Grand Theft Auto” franchise, the Colt Python has become one of the more popular firearms for tv shows, movies and video games. This gun first premiered in pop culture circles by appearing in the 1969 movie, “Marlowe.” Since then, it has appeared in more than 100 films, including “The Silence of the Lambs,” “John Wick,” and “The Departed.” The Colt Python may be most recently known for being Rick Grimes’ gun of choice in “The Walking Dead.”
Because of its popularity in film, TV and video games, it is a highly sought after revolver by many. It has numerous variants and different variables that give a wide range of value.
The Colt Python is a double-action revolver chambered in .357 Magnum. Pythons were originally chambered in .38 Special, but shortly thereafter changed to the .357 Magnum, which it is associated with today.
Though there are several variants of the Colt Python, perhaps the biggest difference is in the length of the barrel. There are 2.5-inch (6.4 cm), 3-inch (7.6 cm), 4-inch (10 cm), 6-inch (15 cm) and 8-inch (20 cm) barrel variants. The 6-inch model was the most popular, generally, and the 8-inch model was intended for hunting. A three-inch barrel version is highly collectible, although not rare. It was manufactured in stainless steel and royal blue finishes on the “Elite” model of the Python.
The Colt Python ceased mass production in 1999. Colt continued to produce Pythons for custom orders until 2005 when the limited number of parts that were left were finally all used. However, in 2020 Colt announced that it would begin manufacturing new versions of the Colt Python line. These new models are made of a stronger stainless steel than the originals and they are available in 4.25” or 6” barrels with wood grips. Although, serious collectors prefer the original Pythons and view them as more valuable and desirable compared to the new manufactured models
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