Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Iconic Guns - Part 4- Colt Python .357 Magnum
Screw Smith and Wesson and their X frame 500 magnum and 460 magnum. This is the ultimate revolver. It is balanced, it is just the right amount of power (as long as you are not shooting at a Grizzly Bear) and it is beautiful. No other modern wheel gun comes anywhere close to it in my humble opinion. From the full underluged barrel, to the wide hammer, down to the square butt, I believe it is the greatest revolver there is. When the revolver is at full cock, just as the trigger is pressed, the cylinder locks up for the duration of the hammer strike. Some other revolvers might have some looseness at full-cock. The gap between the cylinder and forcing cone is very tight, further aiding accuracy and increasing velocity somewhat. The Python was the first mass production revolver to be laser boresighted at the factory.
The Python was made from 1956 to 1996, far too short a time, for now it will be even more difficult and expensive for me to acquire one. The Colt Custom shop made them up to 2005, but now, even this has ceased and the Python may never again be made. 6 shots, chambered in the versatile and powerful .357 Magnum cartridge, the Python could be had with 5 different barrel lengths, from 2.5 to 8 inches. Pythons have a reputation for accuracy, smooth trigger pull and a tight cylinder lock-up. The ventilated rib along the barrel and frame, along with the under lug, give the weapon a unique appearance and the appropriate weight and balance.