When Colt first started bringing back its famous line of "snake guns," starting with the .38 Spl. Cobra model (reviewed here), consumers began asking for the most famous of the Colt snake guns: the Python. Colt teased revolver fans a bit with the launch of the King Cobra in 2019 (reviewed here), one of the company's other .357 Mag. revolver options. However, in January 2020, the wait ended with the re-launch of the world-famous Colt Python revolver.
Engineers at Colt spent years re-working the design of the Python in order to provide consumers with an enhanced model that provided the classic look and feel of the old-school Python with the upgraded conveniences of modern technology. One of the issues often found on old Colt Pythons was an inconsistent trigger-pull weight that varied from shot to shot, due to the hand-fitting and finishing that these guns received in early years.
Now, thanks to Colt's next-generation trigger system, the new-for-2020 Colt Python revolver will feature consistent trigger pulls in both single- and double-action modes, with double-action trigger pulls maxing out between 7 to 9.5 pounds. Of course, the gun features a six-round cylinder and will be available in two barrel lengths: 4.25 inches and 6 inches. The barrels feature the classic full underlug design that completes the iconic look of the Python, as well as the ventilated rib running along the top of the barrel. The six-groove rifling features a 1:14-inch twist rate that stabilizes all of today's popular bullet weights.
Colt's new Python revolvers feature stainless-steel frames, barrels and cylinders, which are all polished to a semi-bright finish. With a 6-inch barrel, the gun measures 11.5 inches in overall length, 5.5 inches high and 1.5 inches wide. Total weight, unloaded, for the gun tops out at 42 ounces. Barrels are topped by an interchangeable red-ramp front sight, and the rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. Each gun is finished with attractive, checkered walnut grips complete with an inset Colt medallion.
The suggested retail price on the new Colt Python is $1,499. For more information, visit colt.com.