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Old 05-30-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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So I just found a great deal on a Colt Python and HAD to buy it. I've researched serial numbers online and can't seem to find out how old this thing is. I know it was made after 1978 but would like to know exactly how old it really is. The serial number is V815xx Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:01 PM   #2
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Here are some pics!
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:53 PM   #3
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Try proofhouse.com , i found out how old my ssa was on that site.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:37 PM   #4
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Buy it some flowers.

Sweet action, right!?
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No flowers until AFTER the range report. She has to earn them like any other pistol.
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I remember my first. I admit it was the looks that attracted me. And it was expensive. But I picked it up. Felt good. Put my finger on the trigger and thumbed it. Responded to my touch instantly. Smoothly. A spinner. And when it released? Wow.
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Have you found the year of manufactor yet
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1979 by what I could find.
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Year: Serial Numbers: Production:
1955 1 - 299 299
1956 300 - 1649 1,350
1957 1650 - 5549 3,900
1958 5550 - 7049 1,500
1959 7050 - 9099 2,050
1960 9100 - 13099 4,000
1961 13100 - 18799 5,700
1962 18800 - 24799 6,000
1963 24800 - 30799 6,000
1964 30800 - 41399 10,600
1965 41400 - 50499 9,100
1966 50500 - 60999 10,500
1967 61000 - 73799 12,800
1968 73800 - 89999 15,200
1969 * 90000 - 99999 10,000
*Toward the end of 1969 the letter "E" was added as a prefix to the serial number. In 1975 the letter "E" was moved to the end of the number, becoming a suffix. In 1978 other letters were used.

1969 E1001 - E6300 5,300
1970 E6301 - E21200 14,900
1971 E21201 - E38000 16,800
1972 E38001 - E53500 15,500
1973 E53501 - E61000 7,500
1974 E61001 - E83700 22,700
1975 E83701 - E99999 16,199
1975 01001E - 15000E 14,000
1976 15001E - 48300E 33,300
1977 48301E - 86200E 37,900
1978 86201E - 99999E 13,799
1978 01001N - ? ?
1978 V01001 - V36736 35,736
1979 V36737 - V88373 51,636
1980 V88374 - V99999 11,625
1980 AL01001 - AL9999 8,999

1980 LA0101 - LA9999 9,899
1980 VA1001 - VA9256 8,256
1980 K01001 - K16265 15,265
1981 K16266 - K75747 59,481
1982 K75748 - K99999 24,251
1983 T01001 - T27539 26,539
1984 T27540 - T34452 16,912
1985 T34453 - ? ?
According to the Colt Python Serial Number Table above, production of the Python peaked in 1981 (the highest production year). However, 1978 is a "question mark" due to missing information surrounding guns with serial numbers that have the "N" Suffix. If more than 9,900 Pythons were produced with the "N" Suffix, 1978 would be the highest production year.

At any rate, the five year period from 1977 through 1981 appears to be the peak demand period (Life Cycle Peak) or "golden years" of production for the Colt Python. After 1981 production numbers fall off rapidly, culminating with the gun eventually being produced by the Colt Custom Shop to order only, up until production ceased altogether.
I found this chart here: http://www.guncollectorsclub.com/python_1965.htm
With a bit of searching, you can probably turn up others like it. Remember, you can always call Colt if you absolutely must have the last word in accuracy (for a fee of course).
Though it looks like ones I've seen before, I can't verify just how accurate it actually is.
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Yep, Overkill nailed it, 1979 s/n range V36737 to V88373
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So it looks like I got a 1979 Python! Thanks overkill I appreciate it. I wonder how much this thing is worth? I only paid 500 for it
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