There’s a reason for this. The Colt Python may have been a production revolver, but it was arguably the finest revolver ever made, and had more than a little hand-fitting and tender loving care from craftsmen at the height of their skill in the Colt Custom Shop.
The Colt Python was officially introduced in 1955 as Colt's top-of the-line revolver. It was Originally intended to be a large frame, double action (DA), .38 Special target revolver, but at the last minute the chambering was changed to .357 Magnum. This fortuitous decision resulted in what is arguably the best all-around handgun in the world. Almost immediately the Python gained a reputation as the premium American revolver.
Earlier this week I called a break from a string of visits to the doctor’s office to spend some much-needed “quality time” at the Dug Hill Rod and Gun Club’s range with one of my all-time favorite weapons — a bright stainless steel Colt Python chambered for the great .357 magnum cartridge. I’m a big revolver fan, though I often shoot and greatly enjoy a number of autoloaders and, no other six-gun fits me better than one of my treasured Colt Single Action Armies.