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?
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.
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Specifications as related to the 6″ barrel
Capacity: 6 rounds
Receiver material: stainless steel
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
Unloaded weight: 46 ounces