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Python Model Revolver Pair

Python Model Revolver Pair

Python Model Revolver Pair

Circa 1965; serial numbers GAS-0 and GAS-00
Manufacturer: Colt Industries
Engraver: Alvin A. White
90.183.18

The pinnacle of the Colt line for many enthusiasts, from hunters to law enforcement officers, was the Python Model Revolver. Introduced in 1955 and discontinued entirely in 2005, the Python was hailed for its accuracy, balance, and smooth trigger pull. The superior finish, royal blue or nickel, was also praised. The revolver came in barrel lengths ranging from two-and-a-half to six inches, all chambered in .357 Magnum caliber. Only a small number of Pythons were engraved, and this pair made for Colt Industries Chairman of the Board George Strichman is by far the most deluxe ever produced. The gold-inlaid images on the barrel, cylinder, and frame depict products manufactured by Colt Industries, and the 18-karat-gold butt caps feature a portrait of Samuel Colt and the inventor’s coat of arms.


  • left side

    left side
  • right side

    right side
  • butt detail

     butt detail

  • left side

    left side
  • right side

    right side
  • butt detail

     butt detail

  • Samuel Colt (July 19, 1814 – January 10, 1862)

    courtesy of Connecticut State Library
  • The Colt coat of arms circa 1835

    Autry National Center

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