I Carry: Colt Python Revolver in a Wright Leather Works Holster

Today on "I Carry" we have a Colt Python revolver in a Wright Leather Works holster with a CRKT knife.

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posted on April 19, 2024

Firearm: Colt Python 4.25-inch barrel blued (MSRP: $1,599)

Okay, sure, a six-shot, all-steel revolver might not seem like the first choice in a concealed-carry application, but there are different tools for different jobs, right? Also, there still plenty of folks out there who prefer revolvers for a variety of reasons, including ease of operation, more powerful chamberings and greater ammunition choices. Whatever your reasoning, if you’re a revolver enthusiast, there’s one name out there that carries a ton of mystique: The Colt Python.

Originally released in 1955, the Python had a solid 60-year run, ending production in 2005. But, this historic revolver wouldn’t be gone terribly long—Colt brought it back in 2020 as an updated wheelgun. Gen2 Pythons have 30 percent more steel than the original, improved lockwork and more visible sights. The stainless steel version is currently available in 3-, 4.25- and 6-inch barrel variants, and the subject of today’s episode, the blued Python, is available with 4.25- and 6-inch barrels.

In my opinion, the 4-inch barrel, .357 Magnum revolver is about as close as you can get to the hypothetical “if I could have only one” handgun. There’s not much you can’t do with one: with a bit of preparation, it can be used as a concealed carry handgun; it’s powerful enough to ward off most four-legged predators, at least those you’d find in North America and when moderate .38 Special ammunition is used, it’s a fun plinker. Yes, the Python we have in today’s kit has a 4.25-inch barrel, but that’s close enough. Rounding out the specs, the Python is 9.75 inches long overall and has a weight of 42 ounces, unloaded. It’s sizeable, yes, but with the right gear can be readily carried.

In the end, it’s a personal preference, and it’s great to have options. Sure, the featherweight five-shot revolvers are smaller and easier to conceal, but run a couple cylinders of full-power .357 Magnum through one. Let’s just say it’s not a pleasant experience as a general rule. The Python might be heavier and larger, but that means that it’s going to translate into a better range experience overall. Let’s face it, being able to more accurately place rounds where you need them is a pretty important part of the process. It’s easier to do that with this Python than with a good number of smaller, lighter guns; and that’s worth some consideration. And, on a closing note, the blued Python is just an absolutely gorgeous handgun. That’s not the only reason to check one out, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Holster: Wright Leather Works Predator Pancake Holster (MSRP: $135)

When it comes to a holster for a full-size, steel revolver, traditionally a leather holster has been the way to go, and who are we to buck with tradition? The Predator Pancake holster from Wright Leather Works has, as the “Pancake” in the name might suggest, belt loops at either end of the holster to help spread the weight of the pistol across a larger section of the body. It’s also designed to keep the holstered pistol close to the body for better concealment.

Wright offers the Predator in right- or left-handed configurations, for pistols with red-dot sights attached as well as pistols with certain weaponlights. Three trim levels are available, with increasing cost as the trim level increases. The holster comes with a reinforced mouth for reholstering, and has a 15 degree forward cant to assist in the drawstroke. There’s even a contoured sweatguard to keep the pistol separate from the carrier.

Accessory: CRKT LCK + Knife (MSRP: $175)

The last piece in today’s kit is the LCK+ folding knife from Columbia River Knife & Tool Company (CRKT). The clean lines and upgraded materials keep it as aesthetically pleasing as the Python, with carbon-fiber scales that are both rugged and light as well as a low-profile pocket clip so the knife sits low in the pocket. A flipper mechanism opens the blade quickly thanks to CRKT’s proprietary IKBS ball-bearing system, and a liner lock holds the blade open when needed.

With a 3.35-inch, S35VN steel blade, the LCK+ will keep an edge well and maintain superior cutting performance, while the titanium nitride finish is both understated and attractive. The knife is 7 ½ inches long when open, weighs just 2 ½ ounces and has a blade thickness of .13 inch. In the hand, the feel is superior, the balance is excellent and the LCK+ opens and closes quite easily with one hand. It’s the perfect addition to today’s upper-level kit.

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