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Lot 605: Nickel Colt California Combat Python Revolver

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Extremely Rare Nickel Colt California Combat Python Double Action Revolver with Box and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $35,000

Extremely Rare Nickel Colt California Combat Python Double Action Revolver with Box and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Python
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 357 magnum
Barrel: 3 inch vent rib
Finish: nickel
Grip: ebonized
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 358
Class: Modern Handgun
Description:

The included factory letter lists this revolver as having an 8 inch barrel chambered in 38 special with nickel finish and stocks not listed when shipped to Pacific Internat'l Merchandising Corp. in Sacramento, California. It also notes that only 251 Nickel Target Pythons were produced. The California Combat Python was built by Pacific International off of original Colt Target Pythons (what all California Combats letter as) by cutting down the barrel to 3 inches, adding a new front sight and barrel marking, and reaming out the cylinder for .357 magnum ammunition. Due to the modifications made to create California Combat Pythons, the barrel lacks the standard Colt address and the cylinder is marked for .38 special. It is estimated that 200 were manufactured during the 1980s making these extremely rare. The Target Python was chosen for this project because Colt was having difficulty selling the model at that time. Includes a Colt "woodgrain" box numbered to the gun.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original nickel finish with limited handling marks, a light cylinder drag line and crisp grip checkering. Mechanically excellent. Box is good with tape repairs.



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