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Still Making History: Colt Releases Updated Python

WEST HARTFORD, CONN., (January 1, 2020) – After years of research and development, Colt releases a refined and upgraded Colt Python. The legendary double-action revolver, which originally debuted in 1955, returns in stainless steel in 4.25” and 6” barrel lengths.  

“We know the Colt Python is one of the most beloved and collected firearms in American history, and its re-release has long been demanded by enthusiasts,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director at Colt.  “We took our time on R&D – we needed to be sure the look and performance of this redesign lived up to its legendary name and kept its impeccable reputation for quality and accuracy. This new Python lives up to the legend in every way.”

The Colt Product Innovation Team refined the design of the new Colt Python and performed rigorous testing, ensuring it meets the demands of shooters and collectors. Numerous improvements were made to reinforce the revolver, including the use of stronger stainless steel alloys and a re-designed rear sight which allows for a 30% increase in the cross-sectional area of the top strap — meaning more steel beneath the rear adjustable target sight, for a stronger revolver and more robust shooting experience.

Minimizing the amount of parts in the trigger action has simplified the mechanism, elevating its reliability and allowing for more straightforward maintenance. The testing process included over 40,000 trigger pulls on a single Python. Trigger pull scans show lighter trigger pull weights, less friction and increased consistency, re-enforcing the Python’s reputation as a gun that can be heavily used and passed down through generations.  

Finally, Colt builds on the modern Snake Gun legacy by adding features such as a recessed target crown, user-interchangeable front sight, and an updated Walnut grip to make this the most user-friendly Python ever. The DA revolver is chambered in .357 Magnum and also accommodates 38 Special cartridges.

The Python has been extremely popular with both target shooters and law enforcement, and featured in countless TV series, movies and video games including “The X Files,” “The Walking Dead,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “John Wick” (2014), “American Gangster” (2004), “Fight Club” (1999) and “King Kong” (1976).

The new Colt Python .357 Magnum is available now through Colt stocking dealers for $1499 MSRP.

10 Responses to “Still Making History: Colt Releases Updated Python”

  1. PTM says:

    Great news and way to go Colt. Great new features on this updated classic wheel gun. Hard core Colt Python guys on several forums have already indicated they are impressed with the changes Colt has made and are complimenting Colt on Python 2020.

  2. Hopeful says:

    This can easily be a homerun for Colt. If they fuck this up due to the gun being plagued with problems, they can stop making firearms for civilians all together.

  3. Paralus says:

    Considering all of the states which have unconstitutional magazine restrictions, bans, etc., it’s good timing for Colt to bring back their revolvers.

  4. Rob371 says:

    I know I’m the minority, but I really hope they eventually come out with a “combat python” 2.5-3” barrel. I just always like the way they looked and I can’t afford a California Combat Python or similar.

  5. thebronze says:

    Not in Stainless and not for $1500…

  6. Sommerbiwak says:

    Considering all the changes, they should have named it after a different snake. Viper, cottonmouth, sidewinder, rattlesnake, copperhead, mamba. Call it the Kill bill series. 😉

    But I understand that “colt Python” has a very strong brand recognition even with non-gun people.

    • mike says:

      Why would they do that though?

      Is the 2020 Honda Civic the same as the 1990 Honda Civic?

      I’m stoked about the new Python and look forward to the price of the old Pythons falling as overall availability (regardless of version) increases.

  7. Ron Bellville says:

    I own (currently) 18 various model Pythons, going back to 1st full year of production. I consider Pythons a bit above ( fit, finish, design, function and looks), above all other revolvers. With most of these revolvers hovering around $3,000 and up, I’m sure it will be a great value especially for those jumping on the 1st run low serial number wagon. Will have to have one!

  8. Datamaggot says:

    If this is their 2020 model, why didn’t they go for 8-rounds like a S&W?