What generation is my Colt Python?
Premium Member. There are no “Python Generations,” but there are significant variations produced over the years. For example, the flat top strap and rear sight body, the hollow lug and the style of the stocks. Some would argue that the “Python Elite” is a separate generation.
Where are the serial numbers on a Colt Python?
The serial number is stamped in three places on modern Colt’s, including the Python: On the frame just below the barrel. You have to swing out the cylinder to see it. On the cylinder crane.
How do I find the date of manufacture of a Colt Python?
Colt Python owners can identify the general date of their weapon’s manufacture by checking for certain characteristics, such as the serial number sequencing and gun finish. The earliest gun models were handmade and many have no letters in the serial number.
When did the Colt Python Target model end?
It was discontinued by 1990 and briefly offered as a “Custom Shop” model afterward. A Python Target model was made for several years in .38 Special only, in blue and nickel finishes. Two variants of the Python were made in small numbers by Colt.
When did Colt change the serial number to E?
Toward the end of 1969 the letter “E” was added as a prefix to the serial number. In 1975 the letter “E” was moved to the end of the number, becoming a suffix. In 1978 and later other letters were used. According to the Colt Python Serial Number Table here, production of the Python peaked in 1981 (the highest production year).
What kind of gun was the Colt Python?
It was built on the Colt I-frame, which also was known as the “old .41 frame,” referring to Colt’s earliest swing-out cylinder, double-action Army and Navy models of the late 1800s and early 1900s. It has been said that some internal parts of these older models will interchange with those in the Pythons.