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■ Type: double-action revolver
■ Caliber: .357 Mag.
■ Capacity: 6 rnds.
■ Barrel: 6" (tested), 4.25"; stainless steel;
6 grooves, 1:14" LH twist
■ Trigger: 7-9.5-lb. pull weight (advertised,
double-action)
■ Sights: fully adjustable rear target,
ramped front with interchangeable colored insert
■ Grip: walnut target stocks
■ Metal Finish: semi-polished stainless
steel

Accuracy Results*
Load

Hornady LEVERevolution
Federal American Eagle JSP
DoubleTap Hardcast Solid

■ Weight: 46 ozs.
■ MSRP: $1,499

Colt Python

.357 Mag.

Weight

Velocity

(grs.)

(fps)

Smallest

140
158
180

1440
1240
1280

2.25
2.5
2.0

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Group Size (inches)
Average Largest

3.5
3.1
2.8

4.5
4.0
3.25

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and still produce reasonable groups.
Shooting offhand, a common experience
in the field, I experienced some serious
shakes before the hammer fell. Many of
my personal revolvers have had their
actions improved after purchase, and it's
not a particularly difficult or expensive
job. But it's not something one expects
when purchasing a new revolver that's
billed as an improved replacement of the
venerable Colt Python.
I'd have no qualms heading out for a
hunt with a new 6-inch Python. Yes, on
this particular gun I would get the trigger worked first, but keep in mind the big
picture. The new Python is a good copy
of the original with the internal structural improvements that should provide
you and your kids years of service. And
though many of us old-timers miss the
beautiful blue finish of the originals, I
know I was very careful regarding weather
conditions when I ventured afield with my
blued Pythons. The use of stainless steel
in the new guns is authentic since Colt did
offer the old guns in stainless. After your
first hunting trip in wet weather, I think
you'll really appreciate the new heavyduty models in stainless steel. ah

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❑ Herman

■ Overall Length: 11.5"

❑ #_____

fired no more than 300 magnum rounds,
but I am impressed with how well the
cylinder locks in place when the trigger
is pressed. And while the .357 Magnum
does not produce the brutal recoil of
its big brothers, that 46 ounces of steel
will make an extended shooting session
much more pleasant, which equates to
you becoming more proficient.
The only real issue I have with the
new Python, or at least with my test gun,
is the trigger pull. The Colt spec says the
triggers leave the factory with a trigger
pull between 7 and 9.5 pounds. The double-action pull on my gun averaged 10,
pounds 9 ounces while the single-action
pull measured 5 pounds, 13 ounces. Other
new Pythons I've fired did come in under
the 9.5-pound limit and felt good. And
though the double-action trigger pull
on this test gun felt even heavier than
the more than 10 pounds it measured,
it was the almost 6-pound single-action
pull weight that bothered me more. With
a reasonably steady rest on the range, I
could muscle through the extra weight

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that may be fired both single- and double-action. That said, the newer grips
allowed me to fire both single- and double-action with the kind of control that
allows for rapid follow-up shots. The
face of the narrow trigger features vertical serrations, kind of a compromise
between a wide target trigger primarily
meant for single-action shooting and a
smooth narrow "combat" trigger meant
for double-action shooting. I think it's a
reasonable compromise, at least for me,
since I usually use revolvers of this length
for hunting where a precisely placed first
shot (where I cock the gun) is critical, but
a fast follow-up shot (double-action) on
wounded game can be important.
One of Colt's major objectives in
building the new Python was to make the
gun more durable. Original Pythons had
the reputation of shooting themselves
loose and requiring tune-ups to reset
timing and lockup. Internally, the newer
models have been "beefed up" to withstand sustained use of heavy magnum
loads. I've not run a torture test having

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