What Is a Colt Python?


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The Colt Python was a .357 Magnum revolver made by Colt. It was introduced in 1955 and enjoyed a good deal of popularity, but was discontinued in 2005.

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The Python debuted as Colt's highest-quality revolver and continued to be one of the brand's premium firearms throughout its production life. A variety of barrel types were available, ranging from 2.5 to 8 inches. The 4- and 6-inch barrels were widely used by law enforcement until 9mm pistols began to replace revolvers. The 8-inch barrel was used primarily for hunting.

Several variants were made over the life of the firearm. The Python Hunter, manufactured in 1980, was a standard Python with an 8-inch barrel that came equipped with a mounted 2X magnification scope. It was produced until 1990. The Colt Boa was produced in 1985 and used a Trooper Mk V frame. The Colt Grizzly of 1994 was a similar variant that used a Colt King Cobra frame and was only available in limited quantities.

Colt Manufacturing officially discontinued the mass production of Pythons in 1999 along with several other firearm models that had issues with lawsuits and declining sales. A limited amount continued to be made for special orders until 2005, when all production was ceased.

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