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    22 Python

    Anyone ever actually see one of these? Available in 22 WMR,also!

    From a 1981 Colt catalogue.

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    Announced, but never produced for sale, the same fate that met the .256 Winchester chambering in the Python, Single Action Army and "256."

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    I recall reading that a prototype was made just like the .256 but it was retained by Colt.
    1956 6" Royal Blue Colt Python .357
    1980 8" Nickel Colt Python .357
    1967 4" Royal Blue Colt Python .357
    1972 4" Nickel Colt Python .357


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    Wow! Can you provide any details on accquistion?
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    I'd shoot the hooey out of it for sure.

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    Estimated sale between $20,000 to $30,000. It surprisingly sold on the low end of estimate at $23,000. That might be considered a bargain!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    I'd shoot the hooey out of it for sure.
    "The barrel on this revolver has been factory sleeved in .22 caliber. The cylinder chambers for .22 caliber. Note that the forcing cone area is still for .357 caliber and the center fire firing pin has been removed. The revolver is therefore unsafe to fire and was produced by the factory for display purposes only. The action does cycle."
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    There were several prototype Pythons in odd calibers sold in the 2009 Greg Martin/Colt Archive auctions. There was a .22 Hornet, a .40 caliber, a .22 Magnum and a .22 LR. Those guns were accompanied by Colt Archive letters establishing provenance. A few more .22s have appeared over the years. Some have been documented and some not. I saw one at a Colt Collector's Association a few years ago. Opinions at the show differed greatly on it's authenticity.

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