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.