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Makin' History: Colt's New Blued Python

Four years ago, Colt brought back the Python with a revised mechanism in a stainless steel configuration. Customers asked for a blued version, and Colt is offering it New for 2024.

Shooting Times June 2024

The original double-action Colt Python revolver was introduced to the world in 1955. A period advertisement for it I recently came across prominently displayed these words: “A finer gun than you actually need.” I’d say that’s a pretty unusual marketing slogan. Other words used in the ad include “masterwork,” “superbly handsome,” “smooth beyond belief,” and “aristocrat of guns.” It was dis- continued almost 50 years later in 2004. (See this month’s installment of “The Shootist” beginning on page 16 for more about the original Python.) Four years ago, Colt brought it back in a modified, updated form in stainless steel. But cus- tomers wanted a new Python with a blued finish. They asked, and Colt answered. Here’s a close examination of the brand-new carbon-steel blued Colt Python. 

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