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LGSOO 12-09-2010 08:54 PM

Colt Python information needed
I am trying to identify my father's Colt Python. The serial # is 4XXX9E.
What I need to know is whether it's Shiny Stainless, or Nickel plated. Can anyone help me?

Thank you

lonyaeger 12-09-2010 09:38 PM

At the time that I ordered my Python with a 6-inch barrel, around 1993, that finish was called "Bright Stainless."

That's a beautiful gun. Wish I still had mine. :(

canebrake 12-09-2010 11:05 PM

Your cryptic S/N only allows me to narrow it down to 1976 or 77. I need the first three #s to be sure. There were 70,000+ Pythons produced in those two years.

Regardless which year, Colt didn't make a stainless Python until the mid-80s.
All the SS Pythons I've seen are "T" prefixed s/n guns which Colt started to mark in 1983.

My guess is it's a nickel gun with an outside (slim) chance of it being a hard chromed Custom Shop piece.

Sniper03 12-09-2010 11:14 PM

I believe your Python was made in 1977 and is in nickel. And I believe the Stainless guns appeared for the first time in the catalog in 1982.
Nice Pistol. I use to have one in Blue D Grade 6" Engraved but sold it to my father in law many years ago.

HKSlinger 12-10-2010 04:29 AM

Now,doesn't electro plating look a lot like nickel ?

Sniper03 12-10-2010 06:07 PM

Most electroless nickle weapons I have seen looks more like stainless. Not a bright and shiny as the true Nickle.

lonyaeger 12-10-2010 06:57 PM

Like I said, it's Bright Stainless.
Colt Python 6 In. Bright Stainless New in Box : Revolvers at

Sniper03 12-10-2010 07:32 PM

The Bright Ultimate Stainless Pythons were not manufactured until 1985. 1985 until the Python production was discontinued in 1998. According to the Colt Serial Number Records your Python was manufactured in 1977 which would make it the Nickle finish. But man what a beautiful pistol it is. As I stated I had a Bright Blue 6in. D Engraved and also a 4" that I carried on duty for a period of time. It is a shame that they do not produce them anymore although they were getting outrageously expensive at the end.

lonyaeger 12-10-2010 07:34 PM

hmmm, I can't see a s/n

Sniper03 12-10-2010 10:37 PM


In his first post he gives the series of his serial number as #4XXX9E It is interesting reading. If you want to check it out here is the website.
1965 Colt Python

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