Purchased - 1970 Colt Python 4"

Discussion in 'Revolvers' started by rod442, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. rod442

    rod442 Well-Known Member

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    Mar 4, 2014
    Sunday I did something I never thought I'd really do. I bought a revolver.
    A Python to be exact.

    Its not that I don't like them, its just that I really only ever wanted a python as my first.
    And with the values skyrocketing in the last 5-10 years, I sort of figured I'd never get one. Especially when a former co-worker who I had hoped would sell me his, traded it in to a gun store for 800 bucks (4-5 years ago).

    Fast forward to MLK day. A group of friends of mine get together every year and have a small shoot and bbq. While there one of the guys lets me shoot his 6" python. and it brought back a bunch of feelings I had about wanting one.

    The next day at work those guys were talking about the range day and another one of their buddies said he had one and thought it might be time to sell his. He doesn't shoot it, and rather than sit for another 45 years, he may as well let someone enjoy it.

    I thought my good friend who works with those guys (I don't) would snatch it up, but it was more than he really wanted to spend on one, so he mentioned that I could be interested.
    The owner wasn't 100% sure of the year, just that is was a 68-70. and it was in almost mint condition. Boy is it ever. He did a day or two of thinking and said he thought he could get 2000-2200 (or more) for it if he shopped it around, but didn't really want to deal with the hassle.

    I said I would be a buyer, but my max was about 2000. I knew that condition dependant it could be worth more, but that's what I could offer. 2 other purchases this month left me a bit thin. He agreed to have me come over to his house and we made the deal. It really is as nice as described, probably 90%+. maybe 95%+. It barely looks fired. A couple of the pics of the cylinder with the flash on look like there might be more wear than there is, but with the flash off, it looks almost pristine. He had put a box or two through it when it was new in the 70's, and that's about it.

    I was worried that it could have finish issues just from sitting, but he kept it oiled and protected. Box was included, but no other papers or manuals. I have repro grips (to use), and a sight tool coming. Ill probably order the Colt cert for it and maybe some repro manuals etc too.

    The only bad thing about it is that it really is nice enough to not really shoot much. I will, but maybe only a couple times a year. So..... now I need a shooter. lol.
    Might get a smith for that.

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  2. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    VERY NICE!
     
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  3. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Beautiful! I love mine but shes more of a shooter grade. Go shoot it. You'll love it even more. Congrats man on a very fine piece.
     
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  4. rod442

    rod442 Well-Known Member

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    Mar 4, 2014
    oh, I WILL shoot it. First chance I get, (working 6/7-12's for now, not much time).

    It probably will be just a couple times a year is all.
     
  5. Mike0251

    Mike0251 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Mar 25, 2016
    Sweet revolver and a fair price too!
     
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  6. Coolsound

    Coolsound Well-Known Member

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    Aug 17, 2018
    Very nice. You did good...
     
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  7. Shocker2000

    Shocker2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    Good purchase. I would like to see pictures of the box and papers.
     
  8. rod442

    rod442 Well-Known Member

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    Mar 4, 2014
    I only have the original box, it didn't have papers.
    I'm looking into what books or manual came with it when new.
    I plan to get a set (even if repro) to have a complete package.

    Ill post a pic when I get home from work.
     
  9. Shocker2000

    Shocker2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    Great. Here's a picture of mine with the reproduction box, hang tag, and papers.
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  10. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Cograts, now go shoot it and enjoy it. You only live once! Even if you shoot it and enjoy it and want to sell it someday, you will still probably get your money back.
     
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  11. jmr986

    jmr986 Well-Known Member

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    Nov 23, 2016
    Welcome to the family

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  12. Lou1

    Lou1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 1, 2018
    Congratulations ! That is a very nice score.
     
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  13. Otherside

    Otherside Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2019
    Beautiful gun I always wanted one. Made a mistake 27 years and bought a new ruger gp100 instead of the used Python in the case. I still think about it. Enjoy
     
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  14. cherokee2u

    cherokee2u Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2018
    Very nice. Best looking wheel gun ever made. Always wanted one but could never justify it with so many semi autos in the stable. Well maybe in another life. I am sure you will enjoy the hell out of it. Great buy!
     
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  15. rod442

    rod442 Well-Known Member

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    Mar 4, 2014
    8.jpg 11.jpg 12.jpg 20190202_093300.jpg A few more pics up the ole girls skirt. I still haven't given it a good clean.
    Ill do that after I shoot it some sunday.

    PS boy does a cotton rag leave lint or what? I swear all that stuffs not visible to the eye. lol
     
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  16. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Congrats on the Holy Grail of Wheel Guns! I tip my hat Sir, as I have no proper words...
     
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  17. rod442

    rod442 Well-Known Member

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    Mar 4, 2014
    Thank you! I am very proud to be her caretaker for the forseeable future.
     
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  18. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    That is such a nice one! I like the micro fiber towels, but yeah the cotton ones do that. Have you shot that or is that from the previous owner? looks like the barrel could use a good scrubbing.
     
  19. rod442

    rod442 Well-Known Member

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    Mar 4, 2014
    I haven't shot it yet. It's from the previous owner, AND from probably 40+ years ago. It's been sitting a LONG time wrapped in a cotton rag soaked in some oil and wiped down periodically. He shot it a very little bit when new, and not since. He thought at most a box or two in about 73?
     
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  20. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Well, very nice and congrats!
     
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