New for 1997.
I got this Colt Python Elite 6" Bright Stainless Steel a few years ago and just started to search for info on it.I can find lots of info on the Stainless Steel but hardly anything on the Bright Stainless Steel and rarely see a Bright Stainless for sale.Can somebody tell me if many were made in the Bright Stainless in 6" and if it is rare and approximate the value of it?Would the Bright Stainless finish make it worth more than the Stainless?It is Like New in Original Matching Box with Paperwork and Factory Test Target dated 1998(I think it was 1998)
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New for 1997.
Not as many bright stainless were made as standard stainless but bright stainless is not really rare.
How many were made is known only to Colt, but bright stainless was available from 1985 to about 2003.
Colt made several bright stainless Python models, including the "Ultimate Python".
Considering that it was a lower production model and was a Custom Shop gun, value would be higher than for a standard stainless Python.
On consideration is that you have the original box and paperwork which proves yours is a genuine Colt factory bright polish job, and not one of the many that are done by owners with metal polish and a cloth.
One way to identify a owner polish job is that standard stainless Colt's will have slight imperfections and polishing marks in the metal that polishing with metal polish can't remove.
A factory bright polish job won't have those imperfections.
Of the 100 or so Elites I have handled, only 4 were Bright Polished. The last one I had I sold for $3500 but it was a 4". Current market prices are climbing on the Elites and now the 4" and 6" versions are bringing north of $3k so really the Bright would have to be put out there as a barometer of where the market it right now.
Thanks to you all for the excellent info.I really do appreciate it!!
The 4 inch Bright SS Elite is the rarest and most valuable of all the Elites. The 6 inch Bright SS Elite would be the second most Desirable Elite but is encountered much more often then the 4 inch. That being said your gun is a fantastic Python and is still a pretty hard to find gun- if nib, I would value about 3000 to 3200 right now. This number would be considerable more if it was the 4 inch, JMHO. PS-all of this is if the label on the side of your box designates Bright Stainless Elite and serial number matches your gun (which I'm guessing it does since you bought it new). We all know the original box with correct label means on the very desirable Colts.
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