Accuracy was not bad at all, I was able to easily get two-inch groups at twenty-five yards from a rest. I expect with the six-inch Python; I could do a little better with the increased barrel length and sight radius. We had a total of about 500 rounds downrange with a myriad of shooters and not a single malfunction. I would estimate three-fourths of those rounds were.357 Magnum with the remaining being .38 Specials. This revolver with target .38 Special rounds is genuinely a pleasure to shoot and even introduce new shooters to the revolver platform.
Is this revolver worth of the Python rollmark? That is the question everyone has, and it seems there are some heated conflicts on that very idea. I have some experience with the older Pythons, and they are fine revolvers; however, with so many collectors hoarding them for so long, the price has inflated past what many folks can afford. I have been wanting a shooter grade Python for many years but cannot justify the cost, and if there is a problem having to find a gunsmith that can work on it, so I have shot ones that belonged to friends and did without. Colt did what made sense and updated the Python and reintroduced it. With the improvements, you now have the opportunity to buy a brand new Python that you will not feel guilt running that box of .357 Magnum ammunition through. Even though it has been redesigned, it is still most certainly a Python and performs as one would expect. So, yes, it is worthy of the rollmark. The 2020 Ford Mustang is nothing like the 1965 Mustang, but both are still considered Mustangs, and I feel the same way on this new Python. I have heard grumblings of the lack of hand fitting on this new Colt, and while that is true, there is good reason. The older Pythons were built on milling machines, and the parts had to be hand fit ones; the principal machining was over because that was what the technology at that time dictated. The new Pythons are now manufactured on CNC machines, a much more precise and consistent process. So the reason there is minimal hand fitting is because technology has advanced in such a way you just don’t need it. Manufactures take advantage of advances in metallurgy and machining processes every opportunity; it would be foolish for Colt to not. If you have been pining for that Colt Python but could not justify the collector prices, well now is your chance to get your hands on one you can run hard and put up wet.
- Barrel Description: 1:14 LH, 6 Groove
- Barrel Length: 4.25″
- Finish: Semi-Bright
- Frame Material: Stainless Steel
- Grips: Walnut Target Stocks
- Height: 5.5 in.
- Overall Length: 9.75″
- Weight: 42 oz.
- Width: 1.55 “
- Capacity: 6 rds.
- MSRP: $1499
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