Colt is making Pythons again. This isn’t Your granddads Colt. Modern metals, and manufacturing techniques. Time to start a change jar for one.
Can you shoot a python, @45IPAC?
I’m guessing you’re a 45mm man so, your pretty close to a .357 in my book
That thing is bonkers. bro!
I pack a .45😁, but my favorite caliber is .357 mag. If Illinois laws were to tighten, making higher capacity guns taboo, I’ll be slingin 125 grain rounds at 1500 fps from a wheel gun. During deer season I leave the house with a 6 inch GP100, stoked with 180 grain deer killers on my hip. It would be my open carry gun if that was legal here.
I could see it roo!
I was just messing around here. Trying out point shooting from a draw. 6 inch barrel, and 158 grain ammo.
Nice! Now, if they bring back the Anaconda I might have to eat beans for a couple months and save up…
Eyes wide open here, @45IPAC,
These are not the Pythons of old — my understanding is no hand fitting or finishing.
Thats my understanding. The Pythons big claim to fame was the trigger. And it’s pretty. If they shoot that much better, I’ll want one. If not, I like Rugers. As far as pretty, here’s a new Python, and a Lypsey’s High Polish GP100.
IIRC, the Python (and some other Colts) had a slightly larger frame to help handle the power of the 357 vs the larger frames and S&W’s K-frames (although I love the new K-frame). I think Colt came out with this frame in the 50’s while S&W didn’t come out with the L frame until the 80’s.
Add to that the patented clockwise rotation of the barrel which enhances lockup and you have a lot going for you. Hand fitting, a question of when it is actually needed with today’s precision manufacturing, might or might not be as necessary for the model… that remains to be see on this model.
For me, I told myself that anything I purchase over 4" (or in the new K-frame’s models 4.25") would be a 44. With many of the QC issues that have been popping up at S&W over the last 20 years, and questions about back strap stretching and cylinder stop locking issues on 44’s, I was contemplating another Ruger Redhawk (this time with a 5.5" barrel). If Colt comes out with a 6" Anaconda, I might have to take a serious look into it.
Here’s a YT’er I watch now and then. I think he was an armorer for S&W back in the day. He has some interesting things to say about modern machining vs what he was doing on S&W’s before he retired. It’s a long video but he goes over all the parts and changes on the new 19:
I believe you are correct. It was the larger frames that Bill Ruger wanted to compete with, and that’s why the GP100 was built the way it is, compared to Service/Speed Six line of guns. And the Redhawk was aimed at the Anaconda. Yes, the Model 29 was the most famous(thank you Detective Callahan) but Anacondas and RedHawks were more robust, with longer cylinders to handle the heaviest, most powerful .44 mag stuff.
I’m not a revolver guy, but if I was, it could look like this.
I’ll take it blued and in .357
If I’m not mistaken, that is the gun the Super Redhawk should have been. It’s a Redhawk from and barrel, with the Super Redhawk/GP100 grip and trigger mechanism.
Edited: Issue with 7 shot GP 100’s with certain ammo’s rim sizing. I had mistakenly thought it was the 8 shot.
I hadn’t heard the RedHawk was having those issues. I saw reports, and video evidence the 7 shot GP’s were having that issue. I’ll have to do some research.
My bad… looks like the report or two I came across were on the 7 shot GP’s like you said. I will edit my post accordingly.
I’m sorry for $1500 I can find a REAL Python with that slippery smooth trigger that breaks clean as a snow crystal. That magnificent DEEP ROYAL Blue that only Colt can do. There is just something totally sexy about the original Python that will NEVER be found in stainless. JMHO and worth what you paid for it.
Nice! But will they ever release a blued version?? If they do I need to get one.
Had a python in the late 70s. I need my butt kicked
for trading it.
My dad has a never fired, late 70’s Colt Police Positive that is absolutely beautiful. The bluing and wood grips are pristine. It will be mine, hopefully not anytime soon, unless I get it early.
I hear you! In the 50’s-70’s and early 80’s Colt bluing was to die for. I for one hope it takes many decades for you to get that pistol. I have a 99% P08 Artillery and a few others of similar vintage that have my name on it that I hope never to collect but will some day unless I check out first.