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NRAmedia – The epitome of Colt’s double-action revolver line was the Python. Introduced initially as a “deluxe Magnum” target revolver, the Python in .357 Mag. made its debut in 1955. It was a big, beefy six-shot revolver with an integrally machined vent-rib, fully lugged barrel and a shrouded ejector rod. Typical sights included a Patridge-style front and a fully adjustable square-notch rear. Barrel lengths included 2½”, 3″, 4″, 6″ and 8″. How beefy? In 1964 American Rifleman reviewed a 2 1/2″ barreled .357 Mag. that was 7¾” long and weighed in at 33½ ozs. Not inexpensive, it sold for $125 a half-century ago. Finishes were blue, royal blue, nickel and stainless at various times during production. For more on the Colt Python, please enjoy the following articles:

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Colt Python Revolver

Colt’s Mfg.
Produced: 1955-1996
Cartridge: .357 Mag.
Barrel Length: 2.5″, 3″, 4″, 6″, 8″
Weight: 38 ozs. to 48 ozs.
Action: Double Action
Sights: Blade front; Rear adjustable
Capacity: 6 rounds


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