I dont think i would call it cult or faddish status since they have been collectable since they were introduced.
The model 29 was a fad because of dirty harry and a short lived one at that. SW couldnt sell em if they were giving them away until one hit the big screen in harry callhan's holster...
The python has been in demand for over 40 years now while it was in production and since production has ceased.
What we have seen lately are the gunshow pawnstore storage wars types trying to sell them for very inflated prices. Demand is there just not at crazy made for tv pricing
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