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    Cougar Revolver by Bill Davis

    I was at a gun show today and ran across a beautiful nickel plated revolver called the Cougar. It has the frame of a Ruger Security Six and the barrel of a Colt Python. The owner had articles of this revolver being built this way and also on Smith frames. This particular one is a 5 3/4" barrel length in pristine nickel condition. It has been fired, but not much. It is a wonderful looking revolver and the balance is unbelievable. Does anyone know more about these revolvers and what the values might be. I understand they were built for competition. This one has three sets of grips and as mentioned just gorgous. I had to have it. I am staring at it as I'm writing. Any other information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    I first ran into one of these back in 1982. These seem to have been a fad in the late 70s and early 80s. I was told the advantage is the durability of the coil spring action of the Ruger coupled with the accuracy of the Python. How this worked out is a point of some debate. Bill Davis was a well respected pistolsmith that operated out of California. His work is top notch. These days, given the price of Pythons, one might argue that the lowly Colt Python should have been left well enough alone to stand on it's own merits. As always, JMHO.

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    How about some pictures??
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    here's one on gb. this not for me in any way. RUGER SECURITY-SIX /COLT PYTHON 357 BRL : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
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    The proof is in the pudding, me hearties.Proof that the Ruger thingy is so butt-ugly somebody felt the need to better it.To know avail.Still butt-ugly.
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    Cougar that is history

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunsmoke View Post
    The proof is in the pudding, me hearties.Proof that the Ruger thingy is so butt-ugly somebody felt the need to better it.To know avail.Still butt-ugly.
    Mr. Gunsmoke..............Come on now, tell us how you really feel. I'm sure the Netherlands had that type of ingenuity back in the early 70's when precision tournament shooting was real big. The python did not hold up as the internals were not as heavy duty as the Ruger. I own Colts and Smiths and this is the most well balanced and light triggered revolver I own. I shoot alot and get compliments on this butt ugly piece. After they shoot a cylinder, it is always...........How much will it take to buy this piece? This is a piece of history from the USA and I am very proud to own it. I wish I had this revolver in Vietnam to protect myself and others. Believe it or not, this revolver is wanted by all who shoot this piece of history. Try it you might like it.

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    I always thought a Smolt / Smython was a better concept than a "Cougar" which I refer to as a "Pythger" - a silly name for a silly combination, IMO. To really make it something, the Ruger security six would require an action job, so why bother? Then again, I suppose a S&W would get an action job too for a Smolt but S&Ws often have good triggers out of the box, or so I've heard. Its not like I own any or anything, because while I'm on the Colt forum, I HATE S&W!

    I just don't see why the Ruger action was a good candidate for the Python barrel. Is it durabililty? But durability over a 19/66? Does anyone have experience with Smolts? I wonder which was better...

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    The Rugers were advertised as rock solid (rightfully so, they're tanks) at the time when the S&W K frame magnums were having their troubles. But they're butt ugly. Makes sense to me for someone to try to build and sell guns they can advertise as the ruggedness of the Ruger with the Python looks. And as far as the butchering the Python, seems to me a "didn't know what they had" type thing. Someone in the 70's wouldn't have known that Colt would stop making DA's and the Pythons would be fetching such prices 30 years in the future.

    I cut my wheelgun teeth on my dad's Security Six when I was 5. He still has the gun. It's on nightstand duty ever since his department went to autos. He shoots it, and it goes hunting with him every year. Other than the stocks, the thing could about pass as brand new today. Rugers are freakin tanks, but I completely understand needing to polish one up.
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    I think they are weird and ugly and really couldn't stand to even have one in my safe, much less the fact that Bill Ruger threw the American gun owner under the bus and every Ruger I ever owned broke, jammed or misfired!!! But so what? I bet I have some guns that you would think are weird and ugly, and that's OK! You like the way it looks and works and that's what really counts!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charles isaac View Post
    I think they are weird and ugly and really couldn't stand to even have one in my safe, much less the fact that Bill Ruger threw the American gun owner under the bus and every Ruger I ever owned broke, jammed or misfired!!! But so what? I bet I have some guns that you would think are weird and ugly, and that's OK! You like the way it looks and works and that's what really counts!!
    Thanks for your input. We all probably have ugly ducklings in our safe's. All I wanted to do was inform members of a revolver that most did not know even existed.


 
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