I might be going too far, but the new Python looks like a nickle-plated pimp gun or the piece of a minor member of the Sinaloa cartel.

This is what a Python is supposed to look like:

And i I read a comment somewhere that Colt only caters the civilian market when they ran out of government contracts. They need some cash influx or risk bankruptcy so that is why brought back their iconic six-shooter back even though there was a big market for it for decades. I don’t know if there is a market for that new thing.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

13 thoughts on “Am I the only one unimpressed by the new Colt Phyton?”
  1. Different folks…

    Personally, I prefer the look of nickel plated revolvers. My choice, and it is OK if you do not agree.

    On the other hand. The Python is just another wheel gun. I am no more impressed with a mass marketed Python than I am with a mass marketed GP 100 or 686. Variations on the silhouette will make a difference in overall look, and I do like the lines of the Python, but I am not going to go ga-ga over it.

  2. Nope. I’m not interested either.

    Then, I’m neither a wheelgun buff or a python fanatic. My revolver needs (okay, wants) in this caliber are already taken care of.

      1. Some guys like Fords, some guys like Chevys…. i like nickel plating, I do it on the side. I have a 100% nickel plated M16. I perfer Smith or Dan Wesson wheel guns. Different choices for different folks. I also like polished stainless- I have a model 66 full polish? oh and remember all the screams when Colt said they wernt sellin ARs to civilians??? Its cause bilkin to military is much more fun heh heh

      2. Not silly at all.

        Guns are tools, but like other tools we (humans) like to embellish them far beyond their basic functionality, especially re weapons. This occurs throughout history from feathers tied behind a spearpoint, to some of the absolutely gorgeous chased metal work on swords and armor, to today’s firearms. Or, perhaps, the hot-rodder or motorcycle cruiser communities are better analogies.

        Tastes differ. Besides, if you like it other than the color, you could get one and then get it salt bath nitrided… 😉

      3. Not at all – I don’t own a Glock because I don’t want that much ugliness so close to my body.

  3. If history is any indication, Colt will “offer” their updated Python with an MSRP in excess of $1,200, while comparable (and arguably better) wheelguns from S&W and Ruger can be had for a fraction of that, and in a wider range of calibers.

    Also, who at Colt is making these? They laid off all of their revolver engineers ages ago, in favor of their M-16 and M1911 guys!

    So, thanks but no thanks.

    1. Totally agree on the price point. I have a Ruger GP 100 that I paid less than $500 for. And, it works just fine. Trigger is not as butter smooth as the S&W performance center unit I tried out, but that was over $1200.

      I will get used to the trigger a lot faster than my bank account will go up by $700.

  4. I saw the King Cobra at NRAAM, it looked like it was made by Charter Arms.

    That’s what happens when they go from being hand built and hand fit to machined, finished, and assembled by hourly workers, not gunsmiths.

    The whole industry is like that.

  5. The series 70 I bought a couple years ago is one of my favorites in my handgun collection. But they have been selling that to the public for decades.

    Colt is not selling AR’s on the civilian market and they are bringing back the python. I suspect they’re going to file for bankruptcy again this year. If I remember correctly they had one in 2015 and again in 2017. Being it’s 2020 they seem to be a bit late this time filing for bankruptcy. One of the positives though is that that doesn’t seem to affect there QC. I figure because if that goes out the window Colt is dead.

  6. Pythons are the 60s muscle cars of guns, moderately good but hyped by boomers to stupid money.
    Personally I follow Dyspeptic Gunsmith’s advice and stick to S&W or Ruger since they don’t require arcane wizardry

  7. I have a old Ruger Security Six that’s just as good as any wheel gun out there. I see original Pythons at the gun shows all the time. Most of them are north of 2K. If I’m Going to buy a Colt, it’s probably going to be a old Police Positive or Police Special. Those are still around and affordable.

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