*SOLD* 1961 Colt Python .357 Mag Nickel 4" *CLASSIC SNAKE MODEL REVOLVER*

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  • 1961 Colt Python .357 Mag Nickel 4" *CLASSIC SNAKE MODEL REVOLVER*
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  • 1961 Colt Python .357 Mag Nickel 4" *CLASSIC SNAKE MODEL REVOLVER*
  • 1961 Colt Python .357 Mag Nickel 4" *CLASSIC SNAKE MODEL REVOLVER*



Item Description

Bryant Ridge Auction Company is pleased to present this stunning double/single-action revolver for auction today, this is the Colt Python!

At some point, the example underwent a professional restoration, resulting in the beautiful Nickel finish it wears today! 

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Manufacturer: Colt 
Model: Python
Serial: 14470
Date of Manufacture: 1961
Caliber: .357 Magnum / .38 Special
Finish: Nickel
Barrel Length: 4" full lug barrel with ventilated rib
Optics/Sights: Serrated ramp front with Adjustable rear
Stock/Grips: "Second Type" checkered walnut with silver Colt medallions
Action: Double/Single Action
Markings: Standard

Bryant Ridge's Analysis:
Smith & Wesson’s dominance in the .357 Mag. market changed forever in 1955; however, when Colt introduced its first revolver chambered in .357 Mag.: the Python. By all accounts, Colt executives also considered this to be the finest revolver the company produced at the time. No expense was spared in the manufacturing process, from the revolver’s timing and lock-up to its Royal Blue finish, this would be the pinnacle of Colt’s manufacturing prowess and remains—to this day—one of the finest revolvers ever made, no matter the caliber. 
Originally, it was introduced in Colt’s spectacular Royal Blue finish with a 6-inch-barrel length. Most folks will tell you that a vent rib on a gun barrel is for heat dispensation to maintain accuracy without being thrown off by the wiggly, mirage-like blurriness caused by excessive heat rising off the barrel. That all makes sense, but the designer of the Python, Al Gunther, stated that the vents were primarily there to reduce the gun's weight. The gun originally had a hollow barrel lug also to reduce weight, but it still came in at 43 ounces. Eventually, the barrel lugs were made solid to add weight to the gun at the barrel end.
Subsequently, the Python was offered in 2.5-, 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-inch barrel lengths, and some 8-inch Pythons came factory equipped with a hunting scope, making the Python the first revolver to be equipped—out of the box—ready for hunting. Incorporating Colt Accro and Elliason rear sights allowed the gun to be zeroed for windage and elevation. The oil-finished, checkered American walnut grips with the gold Colt medallion rounded out the presentation that came with a whopping $125 price tag—almost double the MSRP of Colt’s Trooper model. Demands were made for other finishes besides Royal Blue, so over the years, Colt offered the Python in Bright Nickel, satin electroless nickel known as "Coltguard," and in the early 1980s in satin stainless steel, and in bright mirror polished stainless steel, variously known as Bright Polish or Ultimate Polish. Between 1955, when it was introduced, and 1997, when production ceased for the first-generation Python, more than 750,000 were produced. 

Return Policy:
We gladly offer a 3 day unfired inspection policy from the time that the firearm is delivered to your FFL. Refunds are available for all qualifying orders. 

Shipping Details

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Payment MUST be received within 14 days.


Return Policy

We gladly offer a 3 day unfired inspection policy from the time that the firearm is delivered to your FFL. Refunds are available for all qualifying orders. 


Additional Details

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