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The new one? How about some pics and thoughts?
Well, I have a few examples of the new Python and this one is the best balanced of the 3-barrel lengths. Have one that I am going to shoot of the 3in examples. Got this one out but still has the oil on it.

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The new one? How about some pics and thoughts?
Sorry to intrude late, but I get your logic.

I've had a dozen S&W .357 but the one that rings right is the 4" .38/44 heavy-duty, the spiritual progenitor of the 520. Everything you need, nothing you don't. I liked it better than my 3.5" 27 (and I LOVE that gun).

I loaded HV rounds with 11gr of 2400 to get it up to semi-.357 performance like intended. It has made me want a 520 once I shot it a lot, other .357s, and figured it all out. Alas, 520s were always pricey but now are getting unobtainably. kudos to you!

Unfortunately mine's a 5" and the 4" is preferable to me, but rare. Love to find a 4" of either.

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Sorry to intrude late, but I get your logic.

I've had a dozen S&W .357 but the one that rings right is the 4" .38/44 heavy-duty, the spiritual progenitor of the 520. Everything you need, nothing you don't. I liked it better than my 3.5" 27 (and I LOVE that gun).

I loaded HV rounds with 11gr of 2400 to get it up to semi-.357 performance like intended. It has made me want a 520 once I shot it a lot, other .357s, and figured it all out. Alas, 520s were always pricey but now are getting unobtainably. kudos to you!

Unfortunately mine's a 5" and the 4" is preferable to me, but rare. Love to find a 4" of either.

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I’ve wanted a .38/44 HD for a long time now, but it’s never happened. If I ever make it happen, it will be a regular at the range. You’ve got a fine one!
 

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I’ve wanted a .38/44 HD for a long time now, but it’s never happened. If I ever make it happen, it will be a regular at the range. You’ve got a fine one!
I'ma tell you a secret but please DO NOT tell anyone else.

If you put in the effort, you can get them cheap. I used to hang out a lot at the S&W forum. One time a guy posted a pic of a new HD he got; he said he was on vacation and went into a pawn shop. They had a heavy duty sitting there which they just asssumed was a pre-model 10 so it was priced $300. I was stunned and thought, "Well that's a one in a million shot." Then I thought about it and realized it was probably not that rare.

I started combing through ads online and on GB, skimming the pics looking for the tell-tale difference between the two at a glance. I did that on my laptop while watching tv, etc. It did not take me long and I found the exact same situation and got mine for $300. I've been thinking lately I need to do it again because I really, really want a 4".

Ok, so DON'T tell anyone else this or post it in a public forum. ;)
 

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I prefer a .41 to a .357, although I really do enjoy shooting the latter.
I agree as my .41mags are my favorite, but I also have a .357mag that is one of my carry guns. I have had several brands of revolvers in .357mag, but this one is a real sweet shooter. It is a factory DAO GP-100 with a 3" barrel. It is incredibly accurate and has never misfired in over 1500 rounds.
 

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NICS checks are apparently slow today -waiting for a call from the FFL. I'll have something nifty to photograph and add to this thread later on. It's been a personal quest to find one at 'the right price' for ages.
 

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have to say my early 1962 Colt Python View attachment 1034602
I had the 8" barrelled version about 40 years ago and mine was factory tuned. It was a sweet shooter and I mounted a 2x Leopold Handgun scope on the barrel with Millett rings that clamped into the barrel rail cutouts. I took quite a few whitetails with the gun. Unfortunately I was living in an apartment that caught on fire and I had all my guns in a sheet metal safe that gave no protection from heat and all my guns were damaged beyond use. I sent the Python back to Colt and they said it was too far damaged to repair.
 

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I've had a NIB S&W 520 sitting in the safe for years. The fixed sight, N frame Model 58 is such a pleasure to shoot I kept trying to talk myself into taking the 520 to the range. Instead, I tracked down a clean, used 520, and it has become one of my favorite revolvers and my absolute favorite .357 Magnum. It came with a set of Pachmayr grips, but I swapped them for a cheap pair of Altamonts.



I agree, one of the better looking revolvers from S&W. All business, no frills like adjustable sights to get in the way.

I have a version of it, a bit more modern and chambered in my choice of cartridg.

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In one of my favorite holsters.

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(8” Python). Even though it is a tad unbalanced, a little front heavy … the Big Iron has to be a fav.
Avery Brooks played a character named Hawk in the series “ Spencer for Hire”
Hawk toted one like this in his shoulder holster. Years later, I’m still a fan of the Python & the TV series.
 
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