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First Look: Colt Python Revolver with 3-Inch Barrel

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The Colt Python is frequently named as one of the best revolvers ever made, and it has a large following among wheel gun enthusiasts. Colt relaunched its famous Python revolver in 2020 with two models: One with a 4.25-inch barrel and another with a 6-inch barrel. The new Python was well-received, even after more than a twenty-year production hiatus, but collectors still longed for the 3-inch model. Now the wait is over, as Colt is producing 3-inch barrel Python in 2022.

Like the other Colt Python models, the 3-inch barreled version is chambered for .357 magnum and features a 6-round cylinder. This new model has the same appearance as the the original revolvers, with a semi-bright stainless steel finished barrel and frame contrast with stunning walnut grips. The shape of the grip, along with the deep checkering and inlaid golden Colt logo are reminiscent of the classic Python design, and the ribbed top strap and full-length underlug are unchanged from the original.

All of the Python revolvers are double- and single-action guns with a spurred hammer. A match-grade adjustable rear sight (windage and elevation) and interchangeable red-ramp front sight allow you to zero the revolver with any load from full-house .357 magnums to .38 special target loads.

Colt Pythons are always fun to shoot, but a peppy load in the 3-inch model promises to bring a smile to your face every time. The compact 3-inch model has the classic looks of the original with the modern enhancements that ensure a lifetime of shooting pleasure.

Colt Python 3-Inch Features:

Stainless steel frame
Walnut grips
Adjustable rear sight (windage and elevation)
Interchangeable red-ramp front sight
Double/single action trigger
.357 Magnum/.38 Special chambering
6-Round capacity

Colt Python 3-Inch Specifications:

Caliber: .357 Mag.
Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel: 3 inches
Overall Length: 8.5 inches
Overall Height: 5.5 inches
Overall Width: 1.55 inches
Barrel Technical: 6 grooves; 1:14-inch LH twist
Frame: Stainless steel
Finish: Semi-bright
Grip: Walnut
Sights: Rear, adjustable (windage and elevation); Front, red ramped
Trigger Action: Double Action/Single Action
Trigger Pull Weight, Double Action: 9 pounds, 8 ounces maximum pull
Weight: 40 ounces
MSRP: $1,499

Article by SHOOTING ILLUSTRATED STAFF

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