Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 745: First Year Production Colt Python Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Excellent Documented Highly Desirable First Year 1955 Production Two Digit Serial Number "69" Colt Python Revolver with Factory Letter and Box

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $25,000

Excellent Documented Highly Desirable First Year 1955 Production Two Digit Serial Number "69" Colt Python Revolver with Factory Letter and Box

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Python
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 357 magnum
Barrel: 6 inch vent rib
Finish: blue
Grip: checkered walnut
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Catalog Page: 410
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is one of only 300 Python revolvers manufactured in the first year of production. These revolvers have come to symbolize the pinnacle of Colt's masterfully crafted and tuned revolvers as well as being the last in a long line of truly hand-fitted double actions. Many firearms enthusiasts and writers have described the Colt Python as "the finest production revolver ever made". The included factory letter lists this revolver as having a 6 inch barrel chambered in 357 Magnum, royal blue finish and stocks not listed when shipped to Sharp Horsey Hardware Company in Atlanta, Georgia on November 15, 1955. Features solid blade front and adjustable rear sights. The left side of the barrel is marked "PYTHON .357/*.357 MAGNUM CTG.*" and the right side is marked "COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. USA." Fitted with checkered walnut grips with gold Colt medallions. Includes Colt two-piece "woodgrain" box numbered to the gun (taped label), warranty card, and "handling the handgun pamphlet.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 98% original blue finish with scattered light handling marks, back strap thinned to gray, and a light cylinder drag line. Grips are excellent with a few minor dings at the bottom and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Box is very good with storage and handling marks and wear as well as repaired corners.



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