Hey gang I came across a 4 inch 1964 python that has seen better days and am thinking about refinish on this one. Came with a vintage web holster too which is neat. Pix as is attached.
1. Do you think it warrants refinish or keep it as is with “character”
2. If refinish I’m considering Fords I’m Florida as I know Colt is a long wait time. Other refinishers recommended?
Thanks in advance
Last edited by Kraaaken; 08-23-2019 at 12:50 AM.
Last edited by Kraaaken; 08-23-2019 at 12:51 AM.
Wow I never even saw a Python in that condition, looks like it was dragged behind a moving car, or someone went at it with sandpaper ? A Walking Dead prop gun ?
I have mixed feelings, a bit sad either way, seeing it like that, or having it restored and loosing its authenticity.
If it’s in good mechanical condition, I’d shoot the snot out of it as is, and it will surely trigger some discussions at the range.
If it is mechanically correct and still tight, and I could find a place that could do it correctly and had the money to spend I would. In today's market a correctly finished Python still brings a lot.
I did not think Colt did refinishing anymore. If they do and you have them do it and keep the paper work it will not hurt the value near as much.
Last edited by scstrain; 05-27-2019 at 08:58 AM.
i would not refinish it. Get some Flitz and shine it up some. No worries about scratching it. Hopefully it will be a good shooter.
The 'Flitz' idea is a good one - you can brighten what finish remains, and make the piece look 'well-used', rather than 'scoured'.
In that condition I would refinish it.
I’ll likely shoot it a bit then refinish. Thanks for the inputs ! Mechanically it’s great with timing and lockup. Just looks like a movie prop!
Got it cheap so not much invested so far
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