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    Cylinder release color ?

    I have a 1967 4" Python and the cylinder release latch has a purplish hue to it under certain light conditions. It's the only part on the Python with this coloration. I have a few other "blued" snakes, but none of them have that "purplish" hue on the release latch. Can y'all tell me why the latch has this coloration?

    BTW, I'm fairly new to the forum and have learned a lot since joining. A big thanks to all, for your posts and knowledge of all things Colt.

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    I have one with the purple cylinder latch too. This is talked about every so often around here. If I remember right, many of the 70's / 80's Pythons latches end up turning this purple hue. Potential reasons have been talked about. Everything from the temperature of the bluing bath being a little off to maybe even that possibly the latches were made by an outside vendor for Colt.

    I see them fairly regularly at gun shows, there are a lot out there that way. It does not seem to bother folks very much. Just part of the, "Python Legend".
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    Cylinder release color ?

    I have a 1973 Diamondback (.22lr) with a very purple latch.

    I found a new blue latch on eBay and had it replaced by a gunsmith.



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    I’ve seen it before,it’s a bluing defect. I’d prefer to live without it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sturmgewehr View Post
    I’ve seen it before,it’s a bluing defect. I’d prefer to live without it.
    I would too but unfortunately it happens even on some Colts. I have several Ruger SA's with it also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonestar57 View Post
    I would too but unfortunately it happens even on some Colts. I have several Ruger SA's with it also.
    I haven’t owned any Rugers since the 70s but I now recall several Ruger SA revolvers with this problem back then.
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    FN rifles had the same issue and maybe some High Powers as well.
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    I wonder now if Colt used a different alloy, vendor, or metallurgy composite for the latch. It only seems to appear on the earlier model Python's. Appreciate everyone "chipping in" with their thoughts and comments. Thanks again, fella's.

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    It’s fairly common and doesn’t really hurt price much. Colts it’ll hurt a bit but not a lot, rugers it doesn’t hurt at all. Most refer to it as a plum latch on Colts, rugers the whole frame can be plum. Some rugers can increase price if it’s extremely strong and colorful. I’ve saw it on other Firearms also but rugers are the most common, followed by colt.
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    For me personally, if the gun came as is (in this case a discolored cylinder release) I would leave it. I would consider it patina and part of the character of the piece. Enjoy and be safe.
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