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A. ZX 04-21-2013 08:42 PM

Colt Python
Is carrying a Colt Python .357 really a good choice for self defense?
Looking for opinions based on experience

bluez 04-21-2013 09:07 PM

it was the best Revolver of its time.
And is extremely accurate.

But the question you ask applies not specifically to the Pyhton but to any other large revolver.

A Smith 686, Ruger GP100 , etc are just are carryable, (or not).

Open carry?
The Python is just as good as a Smith 686 or Gp100.
Concealed carry just as hard as those too.

sputnik1988 04-21-2013 09:19 PM

The python is best suited as a safe queen anymore, MAYBE the occasional range gun.

I'd go with the 686 for around the house, or a Ruger SP101 for carry

A. ZX 04-21-2013 09:26 PM

Thanks a lot for the feedback

triggerjob 04-21-2013 09:28 PM

Python is a tad heavy for concealed carry, probly of for a duty gun.

Having said that, I carry a SW 4" mod 29 when I do carry, but I don't carry that often.

JonM 04-21-2013 10:43 PM

the python is the best revolver out there but no longer in production. it was aimed at police use and most of them were used as such. so its a perfectly viable and timeless handgun that will get the job done.

that being said. i wouldnt carry one because they are so expensive. if you ever need to use it there is a very good chance its going to disapear as "evidence". milwaukee police have a habit of hitting guns they take as evidece with hammers or spray painting them or leaving the in a damp humid environment. they do it to punish the civilian who dared to defend him/herself.

personally i dont care as much if i lose a common xdm/lcp/m9a1 vs losing my prized python.

A. ZX 04-22-2013 04:07 PM

I totally agree, but it the gun that is available to me now.
Thanks for the feedback

Overkill0084 04-22-2013 04:34 PM

The Colt Python served as a service weapon many LEOs for many years. The one I own was my father's duty weapon for a number of years.
A properly maintained Python will serve you well. However, it's a lot like having a pristine Vincent motorcycle as a daily driver. Sure, it'll work ok, but it's not without it's downside.
Colt Python parts are getting rare. I called Colt a couple years ago looking for a mainspring. They directed me to an outside source (Jack First Gun Parts). Mine is now relegated to Sunday driver status.
The other issue is finding qualified gunsmiths who know how to work on them. High mileage Pythons will need more attention than other newer and more durable designs. The lockwork, while not terribly complex, requires a great deal of hand fitting. People with the knowledge & skill are also getting rare.

So yeah, it will do the job well, but an eye toward the future might be a good idea.

Donn 04-22-2013 06:13 PM


Originally Posted by bluez (Post 1222276)
it was the best Revolver of its time.

There are those, (like me), who would argue the S&W Model 19 might be in contention for the title. That aside, like others have mentioned, the Python's too rare and valuable for daily use. That, and it's really not suited for concealed carry, (size and weight). Keep it, shoot it when you can, but find something else for EDC.

7point62 04-23-2013 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by JonM (Post 1222390)
the python is the best revolver out there.

There it is. If I ran Colt Firearms I'd bring it back into limited production.

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