Update, full review of the Colt Python at this link. 

Colt Python, a sidearm for a generation that appreciated the finer things in life. Finally, Colt is making them again, but how does the new one stack up?

My friend Chad and I were lucky enough to attend Colt Media day at Gunsite Academy at the beginning of December 2019, witnessing the much-anticipated re-release of the Colt Python.

We had the chance, along with a few other industry professionals, to spend a day shooting the two models being introduced, the four-inch and six-inch barrels. The first half of the day was spent shooting steel at about twenty yards, with no problems keeping rounds on target. The second half of the day was spent shooting drills at various targets and various distances. The six-inch barrel had a slight advantage here with the longer sight radius, but the four-inch model seemed just a little easier to wield.


During the range day, we ran DoubleTap Ammunition .357 Magnum and .38 Special without issue. Between Chad and I, we ran about 300 to 400 rounds through the revolvers, and it proved to be quite accurate and genuinely smooth. The double-action trigger pull averaged between seven to nine pounds while the single action broke around three pounds. The question of everyone’s mind is how does it compare to the original Python. The trigger pull and hammer action is right there with the original Python, smooth as butter, and breaking like the proverbial glass rod. During the re-designing of the new version, Colt simplified the trigger mechanism making the trigger pull more consistent from cylinder to cylinder. The original Python had a great deal of hand fitting, and that is where the legendary action came to fruition, while the new rendition has been CNC machined and hand-finished, making a bit more of a precise product. We were able to view a graph comparing the original Python trigger pull to the new model. With constant and precise measuring, they were able to illustrate how the new Python did indeed have a smoother, more consistent trigger pull.

I believe in my heart this revolver is deserving of the Python rollmark, and Colt has a fantastic job with its reintroduction. I am thankful to see Colt getting back into the double-action revolver market, and it appears they are intent on taking us back to the glory days of Colt revolvers. The shooting public has been asking for this now for quite some time, and while Colt has taken their time to bring it to market, that was time well spent making sure it was done correctly. It is up to us to hold up our end of the deal and make good on seeking out that Colt revolver we all have been patiently waiting for.  You can read my review of the King Cobra Target, another fine Colt revolver, by following this link. 

If you have never had the chance to visit Gunsite Academy, it is well worth the trip to get some exemplary training and soul-lifting fellowship by like-minded individuals.


Specifications as related to the 6″ barrel

Capacity: 6 rounds
Receiver material: stainless steel
Finish: Semi-bright
Barrel rifling: 1:14 left hand 6 grove
Cylinder turn: right hand
Barrel length: 6″
Overall length: 11.5″
Overall Height: 5.5″
Overall width: 1.55″
Front sight: red ramp, interchangeable
Rear sight: adjustable for windage and elevation
Trigger: double action
Stocks: walnut
Unloaded weight: 46 ounces
Model: Python
MSRP: $1499


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DoubleTap Ammunition 

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By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

9 thoughts on “Colt Python 2020, finally reintroduced.”
  1. Hello Hunter, thanks for the review. I can’t imagine an action smoother than my old colt. I’ve opened 2 pythons and relied on one as a duty weapon for several years. I love revolvers and have no problem carrying a revolver daily.
    How doe the finish compare to the original productions? Did colt fold and instal an exterior safety like S&W (hilery hole)? How did Colt make the action smoother? What will be the MSRP? Again thanks for your review.

  2. Give it rest. We still don’t want to hear you shooting. Go to a public range and stop disturbing the peace in the neighborhood. And speaking of noise — slow down in that loud Cadillac of yours.

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