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Lot 746: First Year Production Three Digit Serial Number 170 Colt Python

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Excellent First Year Production Three Digit Serial Number 170 Colt Python Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

Excellent First Year Production Three Digit Serial Number 170 Colt Python Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Python
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 357 magnum
Barrel: 6 inch vent rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 410
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Bore Condition: -
Description:

Manufactured in early 1955, this is one of only 300 Colt 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". It is fitted with a ramped blade front sight mounted on the matted vent rib and a frame mounted adjustable notch rear sight, grooved trigger, checkered hammer, and a pair of checkered grips with gold Colt medallions. Matching serial number "170" is on the yoke and crane, with "VP" and "J" on the left near the trigger guard. "AJC" is hand marked in red pencil on the interior of each grip panel. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration, including the desirable early "Royal Blue" finish (grips not listed), as well as shipment to W.C. Landon & Co. in Rutland, Vermont on 14 November 1955.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 97% plus of the original Royal Blue finish with some scattered very light handling marks, a few spots of faint edge wear, and a light cylinder drag line. The grips are exceptionally fine with a few scattered minor dings, a minor chip in the toe of each panel, and otherwise sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent. First year production Colt Python revolvers are rarely offered in such excellent condition!



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