First Look: Colt Python Relaunched For 2020

First Look: Colt Python Relaunched For 2020

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Long anticipated, the Colt Python relaunch has finally come and looks well worth the wait.

How Has The 2020 Version Of The Colt Python Been Enhanced:

  • More consistent trigger pull shot to shot
  • Stronger stainless steel construction
  • Beefed-up frame above the cylinder
  • Hex-screw attached user-replaceable front sight
  • Recessed target crown on a one-piece barrel
  • Day one of the return of Colt’s “snake guns” the lingering question has been: When will the gunmaker bring back the Python? For many, the belief was never. Sure the market interested was there for perhaps the greatest double-action revolver ever created, but there was no way they could produce one affordable enough. Color the naysayers (me included) wrong.

    The New Year has been kicked off with the relaunch of the Colt Python, a version the company promises stays true to the original, while offering some need enhancements. To that end, where those familiar with the line will notice the biggest difference is in the 6-round .357 Magnum’s trigger pull. While smooth, the old Python tended to have a somewhat capricious trigger pull shot-to-shot, due to the high amount of hand fitting the handgun required. The Colt solved this by re-engineering the fire-control so it has a predictable and consistent break both in double- and single-action.

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    In addition to an improved trigger, the new Colt Python also boasts a beefed-up frame above the cylinder, a user-replaceable front sight from the Colt King Cobra (hex-screw attached), a redesigned target rear sight and a recessed target crown on a one-piece barrel. The company also said it's using stronger stainless steel in the gun's construction. Outside of that, the Colt’s new king snake has the same look and feel of the original. It’s fairly obvious the company tried to stay true with the gun’s aesthetics, especially with full underlug and a vented rib on top of the barrel.

    As to the tale of the tape, the Colt Python will be available in two barrel lengths: 4.25 and 6 inches. The 6-inch model measures out at 11.5 inches in overall length, 5.5 inches in height and tips the scales at 46 ounces. The 4.25-inch barrel model is 9.75 inches in overall length, 5.5 inches in height and 42 ounces in weight. As to trigger-pull weight, the revolver trips at around 7 to 9.5 pounds in double action and it has six-groove rifling features a 1:14-inch twist to stabilize a majority of .357 bullet weights. The Python is finished off with checkered walnut grips, topped with a Colt medallion.

    The big question that remains is the price. As expected, Colt isn’t handing them out, but an MSRP of $1,499 shouldn’t prove a major obstacle for those champing at the bit to add a Colt Python to their collection.

    If you fall into the pins and needles category regarding the re-release of the Colt Python, there will be a complete muzzle to butt review of the iconic revolver in the February 2020 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine. Look for it on newsstands or Subscribe Now!

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    WEST HARTFORD, CONN., (January 1, 2020) – After years of research and development, Colt releases a refined and upgraded Colt Python. The legendary double-action revolver, which originally debuted in 1955, returns in stainless steel in 4.25” and 6” barrel lengths.

    “We know the Colt Python is one of the most beloved and collected firearms in American history, and its re-release has long been demanded by enthusiasts,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director at Colt. “We took our time on R&D – we needed to be sure the look and performance of this redesign lived up to its legendary name and kept its impeccable reputation for quality and accuracy. This new Python lives up to the legend in every way.”

    Colt Python 1

    The Colt Product Innovation Team refined the design of the new Colt Python and performed rigorous testing, ensuring it meets the demands of shooters and collectors. Numerous improvements were made to reinforce the revolver, including the use of stronger stainless steel alloys and a re-designed rear sight which allows for a 30% increase in the cross-sectional area of the top strap — meaning more steel beneath the rear adjustable target sight, for a stronger revolver and more robust shooting experience.

    Minimizing the amount of parts in the trigger action has simplified the mechanism, elevating its reliability and allowing for more straightforward maintenance. The testing process included over 40,000 trigger pulls on a single Python. Trigger pull scans show lighter trigger pull weights, less friction and increased consistency, re-enforcing the Python’s reputation as a gun that can be heavily used and passed down through generations.

    Finally, Colt builds on the modern Snake Gun legacy by adding features such as a recessed target crown, user-interchangeable front sight, and an updated Walnut grip to make this the most user-friendly Python ever. The DA revolver is chambered in .357 Magnum and also accommodates 38 Special cartridges.

    The Python has been extremely popular with both target shooters and law enforcement, and featured in countless TV series, movies and video games including “The X Files,” “The Walking Dead,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “John Wick” (2014), “American Gangster” (2004), “Fight Club” (1999) and “King Kong” (1976).

    The new Colt Python .357 Magnum is available now through Colt stocking dealers for $1499 MSRP.

    Colt Python Specs
    Barrel Description: 1:14 LH, 6 Groove
    Barrel Length: 6 in., 4.25 in.
    Finish: Semi-Bright
    Frame Material: Stainless Steel
    Grips: Walnut Target Stocks
    Height: 5.5 in.
    Overall Length: 11.5 in. (6-inch barrel); 9.75 in. (4.25-inch barrel)
    Weight: 46 oz. (6-inch barrel); 42 oz. (4.25-inch barrel)
    Width: 1.55 in.
    Capacity: 6 rds.

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    1. to Mike W.

      “””””””””””””””””””It’s not a low price with modern machine tools, even if everything is milled. They probably aren’t forging anything, but I doubt they did in 1957, either. It’s not a Triple Lock.””””””””””””””””””

      Nice try on double speak but Pythons were indeed made of the finest quality colt forgings. And there is no way at the current price this gun is made that way. Porous cheap castings had to have been used and that is a desecration to the Python legend and name. Frankly it will make Python lovers green around the gills.

      And your claim that the Python did not have a squeeze bore is at odds with write ups in the past by some of America’s most respected gun writers including Massad Ayoob who wrote the bible book on the legality of using deadly force. I trust Massad.

    2. Simplifying the action is double speak for cheapening it. There was nothing wrong with the iconic original action

      For the low price they are asking they must have taken manufacturing short cuts such as using a cast frame and cast MIM parts.

      The jury is out o the cryptic reference to a resigned of the top strap.

      Is the barrel still made as a squeeze barrel. Probably not that would add to the cost of the gun and an absence of crowing about it means that is another short cut.

      I predict this fake Python will not last more than a year in the market place. It certainly will not lower the prices on the older “real pythons”.

      • Well, the “Squeeze barrel” myth came from somewhere, but has zero support from Colt or from anyone who’s ever measured a Python. So I can’t imagine why they’d do something pointless, complicated, and then brag about it when they never did any of the above before.

        It’s not a low price with modern machine tools, even if everything is milled. They probably aren’t forging anything, but I doubt they did in 1957, either. It’s not a Triple Lock.

        The heavier top strap would be to help reduce the gun going out of time from heavy loads, as the Python was known to do. That was one of the things wrong with the “iconic original action.”

        And it still won’t take the loads a Ruger will take.

        I agree it won’t have any effect on the collectible prices of originals.


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