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Old 04-23-2013, 11:03 AM   #11
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I totally agree, but it the gun that is available to me now.
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If you plan to conceal carry your Python, I'd suggest spending some money on a good quality leather shoulder holster, like Bianchi, or consider a custom-made leather rig. The shoulder holster gives you better weight distribution. Leather is strong and supple and will conform somewhat to body contours as it wears in. The Python is a pretty big hogleg to try to hang off a hip.
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Before choosing your Python as your EDC gun, check gunbroker.com for it's value. My cousin has one and he was amazed at is't value.

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If there is one available to you. If it is not a safe queen that is in collector condition. If you can carry it and conceal it comfortably. Then it is a fine handgun for defensive use. Bottom line is that defense is still what it was originally designed for and the Python was a good design, and .357 is a fantastic caliber.

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Sometimes I cc a 4 inch 629 in a leather owb holster. I can carry it all day long with no problem at all. I believe any large caliber wheel gun that you are competent with and is reliable is a viable defense tool. Many people are walking around with a 5 shot 38 special. A 6 shot 357 is a big step up from there.

As far as value goes...how much is your life worth? If I had to save my life of the lives of my family, I would consider the loss of an expensive gun a small price to pay. I dont really expect to ever shoot anyone anyway. Why not get a little enjoyment out of your gun?

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Sometimes I cc a 4 inch 629 in a leather owb holster. I can carry it all day long with no problem at all. I believe any large caliber wheel gun that you are competent with and is reliable is a viable defense tool. Many people are walking around with a 5 shot 38 special. A 6 shot 357 is a big step up from there.

As far as value goes...how much is your life worth? If I had to save my life of the lives of my family, I would consider the loss of an expensive gun a small price to pay. I dont really expect to ever shoot anyone anyway. Why not get a little enjoyment out of your gun?
my point was there are perfectly good supremely reliable handguns that arent rare or pricey because of desirability at a fraction of the cost.

its not like if someone breaks into my home and i happen to have my python at hand i wont use it. there are just better options financially if you have the time to plan ahead for need.

plus its damn heavy and pretty hard to conceal. a lot of states have laws on printing the outline of a ccw gun as well.
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If that gun was your only firearm then by all means use it and carry it. But personally if I had other choices, I'd go with something else.

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If I ran Colt Firearms I'd bring it back into limited production.
So would I. Don't hold your breath. Even though Colt lost their Government contract, they'll be making AR/M4's for the foreseeable future.
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Is carrying a Colt Python .357 really a good choice for self defense?
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In a lot of states after a shooting, they take away your weapon.You may get it back, you may not. I know after using it on a bad guy you probably could care less, but your kids will. I would carry something smaller and less expensive.
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A Colt Python is a very fine revolver, but as a self defense tool there's no advantage over an S&W 19 or 586/686 at half the price.

Yes, they are very well made and fabulously finished, but their current value reflects a lot of collector value that makes no difference whatsoever as far as self defense is concerned.

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The python was never in competion with a smith and Wesson model 19 or 686. They competed with the model 27 smith and Wesson.
I remember when they were every where and sold for around the same price as a model 27.
I regret not buying at least one.
I never owned one but shot other peoples a few times and find nothing about them superior in fit finish or mechansims to a model 27 so I chose smith and wessons to own saying I would maybe pick up one some time.
Hind sight is 20-20 and I wish I had bought as many as I could.
I truly do not understand why colt don't retool and make double action revolvers again the market is obviously there.
With people willing to pay the crazy prices for the orginals I am sure they could price new ones high as long as they were made as well as the last versions and with the myth of there superiority to a Smith and Wesson many would pay out the nose for one.

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