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Old 02-09-2014, 10:14 PM   #21
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Why not resume production now, given that every one made will sell, is a mystery to me too.
I would think they would have to completely retool up their production line, which as I understand it would be am extremely expensive process.

Cost to benefit analysis. Colt has to ask themselves if the cost of bringing back DA revolvers is worth it. Also will they be able to compete with S&W and Ruger.


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Colt has been living on a thread for many years. The revolvers did not have enough margiin built in to compete with the likes of S&W and Ruger. IMHO, the steel used on the Python was inferior to that of S&W. Colt steel would take a beautiful bluing job, but did not have enough nickle to hold up long term.
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So why not just run the stainless models?
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So why not just run the stainless models?
then or now? from what i gathered, they just thought it wasn't cost effective to continue making revolvers due to the costs.

now, it would mean tooling up to make them and having qualified people to assemble them. plus it would mean taking up space in their factory to make them, taking away from production of current firearms, or buying or building new facility to make them.
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So why not just run the stainless models?
That would jack up costs, stainless is hard and machining it wears tooling more rapidly.
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Colt has the tooling and Colt Indts. their now Step-Sister is a leader in Metallurgy and supply. Colt is not going to reintroduce a "Lost"leader back into the Market place. The Colt Double Action line was never a real successful venture. They did well with the Mdl. P, SAA revolver and they continue to offer that handgun.
It is not anything more than Profit.
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"Stainless steels have poor machinability compared to regular carbon steel because they are tougher, gummier and tend to work harden very rapidly.[4] Slightly hardening the steel may decrease its gumminess and make it easier to cut. AISI grades 303 and 416 are easier to machine because of the addition of sulphur and phosphorus"

Like I said.
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It is a wonder why Colt does not take a page from Ruger's book and do what they did with the Red label. Ruger took it off the market and retooled everything, updating to modern manufacturing techniques and materials, making a better shotgun for less money. That savings is passed along to the consumer in a less expensive but better built gun.

Colt could do the same thing and re-introduce the guns/models they stopped manufacturing cheaper and better made. Why not?
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I'd never heard of any problems with the Python. Probably because I wasn't alive when the problems were being discovered. I've always wanted one but now I'm thinking twice. Care to explain the extent of the problems that occurred?

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No, he just doesn't read. It was all over the press in the late 90's. The lawsuits were the reason to discontinue DA revolvers and some other lines, per Colt. One easy link ... http://www.cnn.com/US/9910/11/colt.handguns/ The cost of production was probably a big reason as well.

Every gun has its detractors. Most owners will say, Colt Python is an exquisite revolver. Shooting it is a joy. But it is the workmanship that makes it special. It also makes me shoot it less than I'd like to.

That said, you have to be extra careful buying one today. As good as they are, I am not sure all of them are worth their selling prices. You will likely encounter a used gun, often pretty shot-up. The cylinder timing should be high on the checklist.

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I wish Colt still made the Trooper. The Python and Anaconda were a little nose heavy for my tastes, but they were and are excellent weapons.

However, what nitestalker said about Colt revolvers is correct. The S&W and Ruger revolvers, while not locking up as solidly as a Colt, have fewer issues with timing.

I have six Colt revolvers and you have to maintain them and understand how they work (or don't) and why. The gunsmith's fee is not cheap these days. My inherited Colt Cobra had timing issues and it took me a couple days to figure out how it worked and to correct the issue.

My gunsmith happens to work on Colt revolvers though most don't, understands how they work, and was able to provide guidance to me so that I could fix it myself, but you have to take notes, you have to have spare parts, files, and gauges. I like tinkering with things, but most people just want their guns to work and don't want to figure out how they work.
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