Colt Python Revolver Updated & Still Making History

After years of research and development, Colt releases a refined and upgraded Colt Python revolver. The legendary double-action, which originally debuted in 1955, returns in stainless steel in 4.25”.

Colt Python Double-Action Revolver 4.25 .357
Colt Python Double-Action Revolver 4.25 .357

WEST HARTFORD, CONN., – -(AmmoLand.com)- After years of research and development, Colt releases a refined and upgraded Colt Python. The legendary double-action revolver, which originally debuted in 1955, returns in stainless steel in 4.25” and 6” barrel lengths.

“We know the Colt Python is one of the most beloved and collected firearms in American history, and its re-release has long been demanded by enthusiasts,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director at Colt. “We took our time on R&D – we needed to be sure the look and performance of this redesign lived up to its legendary name and kept its impeccable reputation for quality and accuracy. This new Python lives up to the legend in every way.”

Colt Python Revolver

The Colt Product Innovation Team refined the design of the new Colt Python and performed rigorous testing, ensuring it meets the demands of shooters and collectors. Numerous improvements were made to reinforce the revolver, including the use of stronger stainless steel alloys and a re-designed rear sight which allows for a 30% increase in the cross-sectional area of the top strap — meaning more steel beneath the rear adjustable target sight, for a stronger revolver and more robust shooting experience.

Minimizing the amount of parts in the trigger action has simplified the mechanism, elevating its reliability and allowing for more straightforward maintenance. The testing process included over 40,000 trigger pulls on a single Python. Trigger pull scans show lighter trigger pull weights, less friction and increased consistency, re-enforcing the Python’s reputation as a gun that can be heavily used and passed down through generations.

Finally, Colt builds on the modern Snake Gun legacy by adding features such as a recessed target crown, user-interchangeable front sight, and an updated Walnut grip to make this the most user-friendly Python ever. The DA revolver is chambered in .357 Magnum and also accommodates 38 Special cartridges.

The Python has been extremely popular with both target shooters and law enforcement, and featured in countless TV series, movies and video games including “The X Files,” “The Walking Dead,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “John Wick” (2014), “American Gangster” (2004), “Fight Club” (1999) and “King Kong” (1976).

The new Colt Python .357 Magnum is available now through Colt stocking dealers for $1499 MSRP.

Colt Python Double-Action Revolver 6' .357
Colt Python Double-Action Revolver 6′ .357

Colt's Manufacturing CompanyAbout Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC

Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC (www.colt.com) is one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms. The company has supplied civilian, military and law enforcement customers in the United States and throughout the world for more than 175 years. Its subsidiary, Colt Canada Corporation, is the Canadian government’s Center of Excellence for small arms and is the Canadian military’s sole supplier of the C7 rifle and C8 carbine. Colt operates its manufacturing facilities in West Hartford, Conn., and Kitchener, Ontario.


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@R.G., I had bought a Colt 6″ Python NIB, Royal Blue finish back in 1981or 82 for a lot less than they go for today because it was supposed to have been the best production gun of the day. The gun had issues from the beginning, the cylinder would lock up while indexing, splashed lead when fired as well and the cylinder release would pop off when it was fired. I’m not a gunsmith but I believed the cylinder was out of time and the reason for the lead splash and excessive leading. I kept it clean and oiled, but… Read more »

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I bought a Ruger GP100 357 mag. with 4.2 inch barrel and love that gun. It only cost me 475 dollars back quite a few years back but it was brand new and it shoots like a dream. Those guns have made a major increase in price though. Now a new blued with hogue grips are now about 650 to 700 dollars now. But the quality is said to be getting up close to the Pythons quality. I am not really sure because I have never owned a Python but would love to some day..Would like to put the GP100… Read more »

MICHAEL J
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MICHAEL J

Banned in california because the doj didn’t get their payoff.

chiefton
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chiefton

I was interested until saw the price. Headed back to Smith or Dan Wesson

John Crump
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I want one so bad

Jim
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Jim

IT IS A SHAME, Colt has been a dying company for the last several years. They have little new, and worse yet their management does not know how to really promote their products. In the 1970s this company owned about half the world in all kinds of business areas if you go back to see what all they had. They have so let it shrivel.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

I want them both. To compliment my 4″ blue steel on and my 6″ factory nickel plated with factor target trigger pull one. Both of which I paid $250 each for.

Red Falcon 1325
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Red Falcon 1325

Glad I kept mine from the early ’70’s. $1500 is rediculous.

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Rock
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Rock

That’s allot of green (about $500.00 more than it should be) for something just because it has a “rampant colt” stamped into it… S&W and Ruger both have fantastic shooting D/A revolvers for far less…

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

That’s like saying $75,000 for a BMW is way more then it should be, Volkswagen and Ford have cars for way less. LOL! A PYTHON is a PYTHON, it isn’t a Ruger or S&W!

CharlieKing1
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I’m in for one…sold the only one I ever owned back in the early 90s. Been kicking myself ever since then. I’d like to correct that mistake. Been liking my Colt King Cobra I acquired late last year, so I figure this new Python won’t let me down.

TheRevelator
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TheRevelator

@CharlieKing1
Then I hope the new one lives up to your expectations. Shoot what you like.

Gary57
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King, I am right there with you. I had a Colt 6″ Python in their beautiful Royal Blue. Had to get rid of some of my guns to pay off my ex when we divorced. Should have kept the Python and disposed of the EX … LOL

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

RED FLAG! RED FLAG! LOL!

tetejaun
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How many of you bought Colt products back in the early 1990s? Colt was overpriced and poor quality. AR15s exploded as Colt let their tooling go bad. I repaired several Colt ARs that had the lightning cuts on the bolt carrier into the bolt tunnel. This caused the bolt to try to go down the magazine. Colt 1911s were just as bad. I repaired a few that had a SEAM in the middle of the sear!!! NO WAY the assembler could have missed that. But, Colt did not care. The only reason anyone would want a Python is they have… Read more »

Gary57
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Gary57

I had a late 1970s Python. I loved it. I never buy product from a company that is in financial trouble. Only an idiot does that unless they can give it a full check and then there may be things that you miss. Smith came out with the L-frames to compete directly with the Python. When Smith did that sales of Pythons plummeted.
BUT I will never buy an S&W with the Hillary Hole in it. And to each his own. I have several old S&Ws I wouldn’t part with.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

What is a “Hillary Hole”?

Don
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Don

The key safety device by the thumb latch.

JIAZ
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JIAZ

There goes my tax refund

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

JAIZ, It’s pretty and all, but Colt still hasn’t learned to compete with the other brands. $1500 is too steep, I’ll stick to my Trooper.

JIAZ
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@ Dave
I hear you. LUV my Trooper and Dick Special. I’ve also got the new King Cobra 3” 357. Out of the box it’s a tack driver with smooth trigger. The over molded, factory rubber grips make 357s quite manageable in the smaller frame.

As to the new Python, $1499.00 is MSRP. Once supply catches up to demand I expect the out-the-door sales price will drop considerably, especially online.

Wild Bill
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@To all the Trooper owners: you are gentlemen of distinction and good taste, and their are so few of us … right! LOL

Cam
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Yep, I paid over $300 less than that for my smith 686 Competitor. Sure it has the Hillary hole but seriously doubt anything colt is making these days will outshoot it.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

Cam, That’s exactly my point, thanks. Colt got used to selling to a company that would pay ridiculous prices because they were using other peoples’ money…the government. They lost interest in selling to individuals. 1/2 a century ago I was in retail. There was a joke about people who ran business the way Colt does. The guy with no business sense would say, “I knew I was losing it in unit sales, but I figured I’d make it up in volume.” Colt prices them self out of the common guy market, and the gov is now looking elsewhere. That leaves… Read more »

TheRevelator
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@Dave in Fairfax
Well, those letters could either spell GUNS, or if you are strictly sticking to business, marketing practices, and overall product it might be S…. H…. Darn I wish I could remember how it finishes.. Mighty hard to pry out money for that too.

Excellent comment.

Dave in Fairfax
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Rev, Thanks. Like I said, it’s been while.
I think you were looking for a tractor and a needle. Mebbe I’m thinking of a different saying. Either way, I like my Trooper, but it’s older than most of the people here. I like the look of the snake guns, but looks don’t put anything downrange. I can’t see paying $1.5K for a wheel gun that isn’t any better than its competition.

TheRevelator
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@Dave in Fairfax
No problem. Pretty is as pretty shoots.

Plus, old guns are just awesome. 🙂

Gary57
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Gary57

I want one but if I can get an older one from the late 1970s, I will buy that instead.

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@Gary, I agree but if you do find one from the seventies, and its been taken care of, you can probably expect to pay about twice as much, but they were in my opinion much better than the new ones, but most of them went to collectors, and others are being passed down.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

Expect to pay $2000-$4000 for one of those.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

If the government buys it, expect the price to end up being 2 to 5 times what the real value is. Just look at red dots that the government buys vs the really good ones that are out there that they don’t buy. No one can convince me that a red dot is worth $700 bucks. But the government has a printing press that it can create all the money it wants so that is how it goes.

TheRevelator
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@Cam
Yep. If I had extra budget money for a new handgun right now, it’d be a 686 SSR for me.

Gary57
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Gary57

Sure your Smith is a sweetie. I haven’t bought a new since they put that stupid hole in it. But I have acquired 4 nearly new S&Ws pre-Clinton models.

gcm
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Does the new python have the trigger lock that has to be locked and unlocked with that small key? As much as I love colts, if the new python does have the lock in place, that is for me a deal breaker. The price is a bit high, as anything that is worthy should be, but price for me is not an issue, but that safety lock is. I did purchase one of the new colt cobra’s about a year and a half ago, brand new, never fired except whatever paces colt put it through, and I took it to… Read more »