Colt Python 2020 Review: The Greatest Revolver of All Time?

new colt python review 2020

Recently, a friend remarked that the new Colt Python, at $1,399 MSRP, could not be as good as the older Pythons. After all, the older Pythons were bringing in $2-3,000 each. I replied that he had a point, but that isn’t production cost.

The new Python cost more than the last-production Python, which is reasonable. The last MSRP about sixteen years ago was $1,150. We are at $1,398 with the new revolver.

High prices are the result of the Python being out of production and a tremendous collector’s market. Perhaps some of it is speculation. The Single Action Army and the Colt 1911 are still in production and readily available.

Just the same, older examples in good shape may bring a much higher price than the new Colts. It would seem that many are concerned that their older Pythons may lose value.

I cannot say for certain, and neither can I say for certain if Colt will keep the new Python in production. It all depends on sales. But I can guarantee you the new Python is the best Python yet manufactured. I am a shooter and the new Python is worth its price.

Colt Pythons
The new Python, top, is a worthy successor to a comparable revolver, below.

Python History

The original Python was a product of much development. The revolver was based on the Shooting Master .38 Special, one of the finest target revolvers of its day.

The Python features a heavy barrel with flutes intended to reduce weight and a heavy barrel underlug designed to overcome the recoil dampening. These are not conflicting goals.

They are the result of efforts to create a revolver that is neither muzzle heavy nor handle heavy. The Python is among the best-balanced handguns ever manufactured. The original solid barrel design was tweaked before the final variant.

The smooth double-action trigger is hand-honed to a perfect trigger break. The Python was manufactured in barrel lengths of two and a half to eight inches, with the four-inch and six-inch barrel Pythons the most numerous.

Blue, nickel and stainless steel versions have been produced. The Python is a deluxe holster revolver. It was issued by a few police agencies and carried by individual officers who wanted the best revolver they could afford.

At least one foreign dignitary purchased the Python for his palace guard. More than a few NVA and Viet Cong fell to the Python but that is another story.

Colt .357 Magnums
Colt .357 Magnums: the original Python, the 2020 Python and Colt’s first .357 Magnum, a 7-½ inch barrel New Service.

How the New Python Compares

Ever since 1955, the Python was a deluxe revolver in every way intended to win competitions, take game, and serve for personal defense with no need for further modifications.

The new Python is much the same as the original in that the balance is perfect. It is not a large-frame revolver, but neither is it a .38 frame revolver with the Magnum shoehorned into it.

It is a .41 frame, ideal for a combination of weight-absorbing recoil without dragging the trousers down when worn on the belt. The new version has a number of improvements. Colt advertises an improved action with fewer parts.

Colt Python frame
The stainless steel Python features a heavier frame than the original Python.

A weak spot of the earlier revolver—not making it a weak handgun, but a concern in long term use—was a lock-up that transferred recoil energy into the action.

All revolvers suffer a jolt when they are fired, but the Colt’s ultra-tight lockup suffered more than others while maintaining exceptional accuracy as a byproduct. The rear sight is a stronger design in the new revolver and the top strap has been strengthened as well.

The trigger action is a very smooth nine pounds. The barrel now features a recessed crown, a good change. The trigger and the hammer are very nice target types. The chambering, .357 Magnum, is ideal for many uses.

Colt Python rear sights
The new Colt features a more rugged rear sight and reinforced top strap.

Target-grade . 38 Special loads are very accurate and offer a modest push on firing. Medium-range Magnum loads offer good wound ballistics for personal defense. Heavy hunting loads are good for wild boar and deer-sized game.

In some ways, the Magnum is a rifle on the hip. With that said, the only way to gauge the Python’s performance was to fire it.

Colt Python cutout
The new Colt, left, features a cutout that protects the case head.

Firing the New Python

The Python’s action must be properly handled to realize the greatest accuracy potential. As you press the trigger, the cylinder moves into lockup and it is locked tightly when the hammer falls.

Colt claims that since the cylinder rotates to the right, this forces the cylinder into the frame, opposite of the Smith and Wesson. I have had the perception of the Colt as a hand-fitted personal gun while other revolvers perhaps were better suited to general issue.

The new Python reinforced this opinion. A 46-ounce, six-inch barrel Magnum with high-visibility, adjustable sights is a joy to fire. I took the new six-inch barrel Python to the range with a number of respectable loadings.

Colt Python Cylinder
The Colt’s cylinder is robust and well-suited to .357 Magnum loads.

Carrying the New Python

I own a vintage four-inch barrel Python I am not retiring, so I chose a six-inch barrel Python among the four-inch and six-inch variants currently available. The revolver rides nicely in a Galco DAO holster. This holster is first class, offering an excellent finish.

Since my revolver is stainless steel. the optional lining isn’t necessary. The DAO offers excellent adjustment by tension screws. The safety strap is truly secure. A tab on the snap makes manipulating the strap easy. For field use, the DAO is ideal.

Sometimes I like to wear a shoulder holster, mostly in the winter and mostly in areas where there are wild animals. Most are not dangerous unless you invade their space. If you get too close too quickly, you are in for a fight.

The Uncle Mike’s shoulder holster isn’t expensive, but takes the weight of the revolver off of the belt and onto the shoulders. I like this setup very much.

GALCO DAO holster - Colt Python
Galco’s DAO holster is among the nicest and best-designed holsters available for the Colt.

Load Testing

First, offhand fire. The Python is made for fire double-action and it is among a very few revolvers that are hardly at a disadvantage in double-action fire at long range versus single-action fire.

Let the revolver roll in recoil, allow the trigger to reset during recoil and bring it back on target. I have fired the revolver with many loads.

Among the best suited for practice with full-power Magnum loads is the Remington Wheelgunner 158-grain lead SWC .357 Magnum. This is a full-power load, breaking 1,260 fps in the Python.

The Colt offered modest recoil for a Magnum, rolling in the hand and returning to target smoothly. Man-sized targets at seven, 10 and 15 yards were center-punched.

The revolver is simply the smoothest-shooting one I have ever fired—and I own and often carry a 1977 Python. Moving to longer-range small targets (such as spent shotgun shells) were fair game at 25 yards.

I did not hit the spent shells every time… but often enough. (Ricochet may occur on hard ground; firing at targets on a soft earth berm is good.)

I fired a few combat groups at seven yards as quickly as possible. The revolver would be a good choice for home defense, according to the palm-sized group.

Colt Python Target
In rapid double-action fire, no revolver handles as well as the Colt Python.

Accuracy Testing

Accuracy testing demands that the revolver be fired from a solid benchrest at 25 yards. I included several .38 Special loads and also .357 loads from mid-range to the heaviest loads. Results were excellent, as good as I am able to produce with any handgun.

The new Python is a good handgun. I own a good number of Colt revolvers and do not hoard them or keep them as collector’s items. The new Colt is a shooter’s gun and perhaps the best revolver Colt has ever manufactured.

The .38 Special 148-grain wadcutter is a fine small-game load that will anchor a squirrel or rabbit without damaging too much meat. Moving to raccoon, a .38 Special handload at 900 fps is ideal.

Mid-range Magnums with light bullets are good for coyote or personal defense. For defense against the big cats, full power 125- to 145-grain loads are good. The heaviest 158-grain JHP loads and the 180-grain JHP are ideal for deer-sized game.

This is great versatility. And a great gun.

Colt Python in Action
Firing from a solid bench rest firing position the new Colt Python demonstrated excellent accuracy.

Here were bench rest accuracy results at 25 yards for the different loads:

.38 Special

Load Velocity Average Five-shot groups
Federal 148-grain Wadcutter 780 fps 1.0″
Federal 129-grain Hydra Shock +P 1,050 fps 1.75″
Buffalo Bore Outdoorsman 158-grain SWCHP 1,129 fps 1.9″
196-grain Matt’s Bullets/WW231/Titegroup  690 fps  2.0″

.357 Magnum

Load Velocity Average Five-shot groups
Federal 125-grain JHP 1,499 fps 1.6″
Federal 180-grain JHP 1,168 fps 0.9″
Winchester 158-grain JHP 1,379 fps 1.25″
Winchester 145-grain Silvertip  1,316 fps  1.4″
Fiocchi 158-grain XTP  1,162 fps  1.0″
Buffalo Bore 180-grain JHP  1,380 fps  1.25″
Remington 158-grain SWC  1,260 fps  2.0″


Load Velocity Average Five-shot groups
125-grain Hornady XTP/H110 powder 1,638 fps 1.65″
125-grain Hornady XTP/W296 1,550 fps 1.0″
158-grain Hornady XTP/H110 1,308 fps 1.2″
173-grain Matt’s Bullets SWC/H110 1,160 fps  1.25″
180-grain Hornady XTP/H110 1,210 fps  1.0″

Do you have a Colt Python? Let us know your stories (and your thoughts on this new production model) in the comments below.

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
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Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (53)

  1. I’ve owned an Original Python™ I purchased new in 1978. For the last 20 years it’s been one of the crown jewels in my safe- being too valuable to carry and shoot, leaving the plebeian work to Smiths and Rugers. I even had it tuned by a good gunsmith, tho I don’t think he had to do a lot to it. Comes now Colt with a dream piece- a STAINLESS Python! One I can actually carry and shoot with gay abandon (as we used to say before the language was hi-jacked). Without worrying about the finish or dinging it… Price is steeper than any of my Rugers or Smiths… but still, IT’S A PYTHON!
    I’ll wait awhile before jumping in, just to see what a rep it builds among the pundits and other shooters. It might even deserve a tune-up just cuz… Should I go 4″ or 6″? THAT is the question!

  2. Have had many pythons dating back to early 70’s. The actions were very good, stacking evident at end of double action mode. The end play of the cylinder was affected by magnum loads, to the extent one had to go back to factory. The shoulder area of the cylinder that contacts the frame, and limits forward cylinder movement is very small. The cylinder/frame gap closed and cylinder dragged on forcing cone/back of barrel. Thus, the Python should not see very heavy magnums frequently, as peening will occur. The older Pythons are much more difficult to repair, and few smiths are qualified to work on them. I only use .38 specials in mine now. The Smith N frames, as well as the L frames are superior for withstanding hot magnums. Cylinder end play or endshake, is far easier to correct in a Smith and Wesson than a Python. Really, the Python had limited use in action shooting secondary to no real good speed loader made for it. The Smiths used the Safariland Comp III loaders and such, and then there are the full moon clip models. The Python was limited to PPC type matches. Target and small game are the best uses for the Python. Mine does go with me concealed occasionally, but hard use is scarce today. The idea of having to do major maintenance is a concern with the original Python. Careful and considerate use and care; the older Python will do fine for most uses.

  3. I have a 6″ model and I have been trying to figure out how many of the new pythons were made with no luck. does anyone here know the answer? i have one in the 7000’s and i would assume about 12,000 were made but I have no clue.

    1. Hi Stephen, I’m not sure on the numbers but the Colt Python is still currently being produced.

  4. The previous issue/flaw with the 2020 Colt Python has been corrected. I have over 2,500 rounds through my 2020 Python. I have experienced no problem at all. I’m very pleased with my purchase.

  5. Bought a 6″ Colt Python 7 July 2020….. A friend had just shown me a site ( which I won’t mention) where they had just come out….Wanted a 4″ but was not available. …Paid $2,495…..Great gun…Had a friend who had on in 1973 and we use to shoot quarters at the indoor range in the military…Best shooting gun I had ever seen….Tried to purchase that particular Python from him but no go…Had a S&W model 19 combat magnum that I was shooting but I just couldn’t shoot it as well as I could the Python….Just me I guess…..Have since seen the 6″ Python for $1,495….which means I lost $1,000 ! But as I still deal with that site is the reason I won’t mention the name…Don’t want to have any problems with my points…

  6. I waited 7 months thru COVID mess to get a 2020 Python. My father has a 1979 model blued 6 inch. Compared side by side’ I cannot understand all the gripes about the new one (unless it’s camouflage for ‘I don’t have one and I’m jealous). I have had ZERO ISSUES out of mine, and serial number is in the 6000 mark. I do say “Buy one, you will love it!” If all you want to do is talk trash, buy something else.

  7. I saw a few videos where the gun didn’t fire the cartridge- LMAO. They have to fix that before I consider buying one. For now I’ll just have to go on enjoying my Anaconda. For .357 I’ll play with my Smith and Wesson. Those videos did nothing to fan my confidence.

  8. What should I expect to pay if I buy a new 6 inch bbl Colt Python today or soon? (It’s August 10, 2020)

  9. I love my new 2020 Python. It’s a beautiful gun. I think the trigger is excellent. I love the feel of the gun. The finish is spectacular. Those are all in the plus column. The one negative is that there is “play” in the rear sights. Unless you have the elevation cranked tightly to the gun, as low as it goes, it will wiggle. Doesn’t really affect the shooting, just a little strange for a top tier gun. And finally, I have to say that shooting most high pressure 357 round will leave your hand sore. With the stock wood grips the recoil is quite strongly felt. My Ruger GP 100 is much more comfortable when shooting the same rounds (I’ve shot both guns side by side several times). I bought some Pachmayr grips for my Python which helps. Not as pretty for presentation but they really help with the felt recoil of the Python.

  10. Extremely disappointed with my 2020 Python. Great trigger? Not mine, single action is at 6# and my scale doesn’t even go high enough for the double action, I’m guessing 14# maybe more. It’s almost as bad in double action as my Taurus 992. I have a 1976 python and several Smiths that are all waaaay better.

  11. I bought a low serial number 6″ Python in February. Shot is several times with a variety of ammo, .38 and .357. It has the best double action pull of anything I have ever shot, that includes the old Pythons, S&Ws, and Ruger revolvers. The balance is typical of a 6″ Python, nothing less than outstanding. I’m an old cop and was trained and carried revolvers a while before we transitioned to autos, so I have a little experience and own a variety of wheelguns. But, I did have a problem with light hammer strikes on occasion when using cheap imported ammo as well as the side plate screws backing out. I subsequently sent it back to Colt for I assume a slightly heavier main spring. I know Colt is addressing these issues and I have no doubt it will be corrected. Still waiting to get it back but understand the delay during this corona virus problem. Otherwise very happy with the new Python and hoping they will produce a 2.5″ not too far down the road as I need a good conceal carry gun before retirement (Hint Colt, please produce a 2.5″ barrel within the next year, please!).

  12. I lucked out and got a new 2020 Python at MSRP off the net. I paln on getting the 4″. If I only could have one revolver it would not be a Python due to cost, heavy weight, lack of parts and people who can work on them. The new 2020 Python has a great double action ( 8 lbs) ,single action ( 4 lbs 6 ozs) and no stacking. It is very easy to shoot. I had 1″ groups at 7 yards off hand single and double action and that is great for me. Its the best looking revolver made in my opinion. Colt has cut-a-ways and the hand, rebound arm, trigger, hammer and transfer bar have been machined. MIM parts usually are not machined. Nothing wrong with quality MIM. This is the 21st century. You want your doctor to cut you wide open verses using not evasive surgery. Colt has a winner with the new Python, better or as good as the Legacy Python. Colt made up to 50,000 plus yearly Pythons in the mid 80’s. You think those where not mass produced production Pythons.The Legacy Python will not sell as well but will hold price because they do not make them anymore. Thank you Colt. Lets help them succeed.

  13. People who have short strokes with the Python perhaps are not familiar with the Colt action.
    The DA trigger must be pressed to the rear in a smooth motion and then allowed to reset fully to the front. It is much different from the Smith and Wesson the Smith and Wesson has a separate trigger return spring, the Colt is operated by the V spring only. For the person that understands the Python there is nothing quite like it.

  14. As regards all comments on the new Python

    The new Python parts WILL NOT fit the old lockwork.

    Neither will barrels or sights. I have not tried the grips, but since the frame is at a different angle, probably not.

    This is a great shooter. I wonder if the ones trashing the gun have actually held one much less fired it. The new Python is a bit smoother than the old gun but with upgrades to make it a stronger revolver.

    Someone mentioned personal defense. There is not better revolver for home defense. I often carry my old 4 inch gun in the winter. Hopefully I will be able to secure a new 4 inch barrel revolver soon.



  15. The old Pythons were Cadillacs. Built for comfort, not speed. A beautiful, accurate, but somewhat delicate gun. Lovely to shoot, but not too fast or she locks up tight. Watch Jerry Miculek shoot one, and he explains how he has to slow it down for the old girl. I love mine, but if I was going to grab one of my big shiny wheelguns for defense, it would be my Trooper. They called that “the Poor Man’s Python” back in the day, but it was built to take some punishment. The reported problems with the new ones seem to result from the “hand” being an MIM, breakable part the tip of which breaks off when a shooter tries the second pull on a locked cylinder. (See Yankee Marshal’s video) That’s a big re-design flaw and will eventually require a total recall, once they figure out a fix. If you can’t find a new Python, wait a couple of months- they’ll be all over the place.

  16. I owned 4 or 5of the original Pythons back in the day. I considered it a superb single action revolver, but horrible double action. The double action pull stacked like crazy at the back of the pull, which is why you didn’t see many on the competition circuit.

  17. I own the 2020 Python and I can assure you it is worth every single penny. The Python clearly has the best out of box DA trigger available. Colt has made a lot of great improvements with this gun. I am very pleased with the job Colt has done. If you get the chance to own a Python, buy one. You will not regret it. 4.9 out of 5 Stars rating.

  18. While I love Colt revolvers, many people may not realize what Colt did to their small dealers. All of us licensed FFL dealers that don’t have a big retail store front but have been in business for years, got kicked down the road and can no longer sell Colt products. In my humble opinion, that leads to increases in the customer price. What would happen if I treated my small customers that way? How would you, the end product buyer like to be treated that way? How can Colt treat small customers that way? That’s why you’ll pay more for a Colt. I’ll buy two Smith&Wesson revolvers and be just as happy. 🤬 Colt. Shame on you for treating any customer that way!

    1. Yep, Colt did exactly the same to me. I’ve been a FFL for 33 years and Colt could care less. They deserve to go out of business again.

  19. I puchased one last month, It cost me $ 1595.00. I bought it through the Military PX system. Everyting I have seen to date has the MSRP at $ 1499.00.

    When I was a young police officer I could NEVER have afforded a Python. Then they were about
    $ 250.00 A S&W model 19 was about $ 125.00, A Colt 1911, Govt Model, $ 128.00.

    I am waiting for the 4″ model to be released next. They will be passed on to my children with an explaination of how these were some of the greatest guns ever built.

  20. I’m not a complainer, not a perfectionist, and very rarely comment. I purchased a Colt Python in the 70s. Cylinder didn’t lock up tight, was sloppy, front sight was loose, and wood grips were low quality. I sold it and have never purchased a Colt revolver since.

  21. I own a 1961 4”, 1977 6” and a 1982 8”. I’ve been reading every review of the new Python I can find. Probably will take the plunge and get a new one, probably a 4”. I do wish they would do Royal Blue but I know the additional costs associated with that.

  22. Fantastic article on the Colt Python. Would love to get my hands on one. Any thoughts on the best approach/best dealers to work with ?

  23. Purchased a new 6 inch python 300 dollars over sticker as I was eager to get my hands on one. Immediately brought it to the range firing .38 special. Fired 100 rounds without incident before the python began to misfire, the cylinder failed to turn and the gun locked up twice. It took multiple attempts to reach colt customer service and spent an inordinate amount of time on hold. They have had the gun for a week and this point and I am eager to see their response. I own several other Colt revolvers as well as several S&W revolvers and have never seen anything like this. Needless to say very much underwhelmed with the new Python.

  24. This new gun is a fake Python.

    The lock work has been changed to cheapen it.

    It has low cost cast brittle MIM internal parts.

    The bore is not a squeeze bore compared to the “real original python”.

    I predict this gun will not last more than a year in the market place. Its a rip off pure and simple and not worth anywhere near the money Colt is asking because it simply is not a “real Python” in any sense of the word.

  25. You didn’t talk anything about recalls I’m hearing it over 100 these were recalled because of some serious issues some of it being the trigger and others being a side plate not fitting correctly.
    I have one on order but the fit and finish does it seem to be on par with the prior pythons

  26. I’m guessing that maybe the newfound popularity has to do with it being showcased on “The Walking Dead”, as Rick’s hand gun of choice.

  27. I own a ‘new-in-the-box,’ never fired except for factory test, old model stainless steel Python. As they say, it is a ‘pretty piece!’ I ‘practice’ with only one gun that I carry 24/7. It isn’t a revolver and anything besides that CCW is ‘playtime.’ 😉 I don’t have a current ‘used gun’ price guide, but no matter what that Python is worth it is 100% more than I paid for it, nothing;) Who knows, before they cart me off in me pine box, I may even fog off a round or two. One of my grandsons may inherit that boy.

  28. Hi Sir my favorite firearms are colts can you tell me HOW OR WHERE TO PURCHASE THE COLT 2020 PYTHON FOR MSRP PRICE. THANKYOU

  29. As a ffl of 35 years, I’ll make an educated guess that the new python will never change the market for well maintained originals. Just as the original 1911s and first generation SSA’s have continued to increase in demand and price, the original pythons will also. SAA’s that once sold for $5-10, now bring multiple thousands of dollars. Also, those of us old enough to remember the old Colt company know the reorganized company values the dollar more than their customers. I buy every old Colt I can get, buy relatively few new Colts.

  30. My 4″ Python is more or less 50 years old and in that time has had several thousand rounds through it. Overall it’s still in really good shape. My questions is, Are parts from these new models compatible with the old Pythons? There would be a couple of parts I would be interested in replacing. For example the sear still functions perfectly but is starting to show it’s age.
    Thank you for any responses in advance.

  31. The Python is made for fire double-action. The trigger action is a very smooth nine pounds. You saying it can’t be fired single . If so, you in too big of a hurry to measure the pull. What do you mean by personal defense? I carry mine, in the woods, not on the streets.

  32. I would repeat Richard Z’s question. Where to get one at MSRP? I have owned a SS Python for going on 40 years. It’s my go to revolver, even took it to Gunsite
    ( which brought a comment from my instructor, all good) and it shot like a dream. Mine is a 6” gun and I will purchase a High polish, blued 4” model as soon as I can find same at the right price.

  33. I own 4 Pythons. These have always been the best revolvers ever made. I have always loved to shoot and carry these revolvers. When I heard they were producing them again, I wondered if they would try to improve them. After reading the article, these improvements were needed. I don’t know if I’ll buy a new one. I’ll have to check them out and then I’ll decide. I am glad they have brought them back so that more people may see what an excellent guns these were.

  34. Get your hands on a Manhurin MR 73. It will blow your mind. Adjustable trigger on rollers. Ordinance steel means you can shoot full power all day. Accurate. Combat proven. Only issue is price and availability.

  35. I agree the Colt Python is a wonderful gun and really, cheap at the price. Too bad I can’t afford one. I have to disagree that it is the greatest revolver of all time. It is a wonderful gun and the action was hand fitted, but most of the upper grade revolvers were fitted also. I have a Smith & Wesson Model 19. It is an incredible gun, light, accurate and with a butter smooth action. It is comparable to Colt’s Python and Cobra in every way and very popular with law enforcement. Fit and finish are equal or superior to the Colt. Some people favor the different color bluing of one or the other, but both are high quality.

  36. My only Uncle was a Police Officer. All he carried was his late model Colt Python. It was to have been given to Me after his passing but the gun mysteriously disappeared within a day after his passing. It was also my favorite pistol I ever shot as a kid. Now that I’ve read this review of the new one, I will be picking one up. It won’t be Uncle C’s, but I feel good about bringing a new one into the family. Thanks for testing and providing a detailed review of this Classic!

  37. Several years ago while my Father in law was in town for a visit, we decided to ride out to my hunting lease to look for some hogs. While driving in I spotted a couple 80 yards away. I stopped the truck and we jumped out since the hogs had spotted us and started moving. They were in and open chop and I figured they would head to a low drainage and follow it to the closest woods and cross the road50 yards behind us. I told him “COME ON THIS WAY” and started trotting towards the crossing thinking he was following. I glanced back over my shoulder and he wasn’t there. I stopped and turned back to see him in stance holding out his Colt Python .44. At that moment the hammer dropped and one hog dropped. WOW!! “NICE SHOT” is all I could say.

  38. I agree with the above comment, where do I get one at MSRP? It used to a suggested retail price, now it’s turned into a “hope I can find one close to that price”- price! Colt should be going after these dealers that are ripping off consumers. I get that dealer’s are in this to make money, but come on, what about customer loyalty? Oh well, I guess it’s the times we live in, get while the gettins’ good (or something like that)! Like when people where paying $100 for a brick of 22 ammo. I really hope to buy one, but if not, I’ll just look around for an original.

  39. It’s kind of funny I have heard nothing good about the new “colt python “. In fact I’ve heard and seen on utube the pistol malfunctioning. What happens is the is not advancing the next round to the barrel. So it stays stuck on a already fired round. Check out Hichok45 he has a video on utube of this happening. In my eyes after seeing this I would not buy a new mass produced assembly line colt wannabe python.

  40. Great article! Thank you, Bob and The shooter’s Log for this informative and motivating read. I will make this new Python my first Colt purchase! I have confidence in The Shooter’s Log and its contributing writers. The information given on the different loads (that the writer used in testing) is appreciated a time- saving. The additional information on the holsters is also helpful. The “Python” is the gun and thanks to this article, I know what ammo and which holster(s) to buy for it.

  41. I will not dispute the Python is a mighty fine revolver and considered one of the best .357 magnums ever produced.However,I read an article in Guns and Ammo many years ago when the pythons were still being produced back in the early 80’s.They matched a 4″ python against a 4″S&W model 686.The 686 went toe to toe with the python but the python was a tad bit more accurate and quite a bit more expensive.My first handgun was a S&W model 686 with a 6″barrel and that was one of the most accurate handguns I’ve shot out of the box.If you Colt fans are willing to pay the $1400 for the python that’s fine with me but I can purchase 2 S&W model 686 7rd revolvers for that price!!!

  42. I retired in 1984. I did subway booth holdup stakeouts. Average shooting incident with perp was 5-8 feet in distance. I always sucked at the range at in service training once a year. I was good when the bell rang. Never shot anything over 8 feet. I like the 357 snub because there is no long distance I would be shooting. If it was distance I would not and did not shoot. This is only if you come for me or somebody I am with. I am not a real gun guy but GOD was good to me. I don’t see to well being a little old. Up close and personal you do not need a sight picture, at least I did not. T / Y CK

  43. Regarding the new Colt Python, I understand all the points you make. The question remains: HOW DO I GET ONE AT MSRP?

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