1983 Colt Python - Is the Royal Colt Guard Finish a Rare and more Valuable Python ?
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    There was a distributor back in the early 80s called Wammes in Bellefontaine,Ohio. I remember they were selling 6 Colt E nickel SM Aces for $299 a piece. I bought one,wish I still had it!!!
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    On shooter- grade Python Royal Coltguards, no opinion on value vs. blued or Bright nickel.


    IMHO-
    On NIB 4",6",8" Python--- Blued< Royal Coltguard< Bright Nickel.

    On high-condition 2.5" Python, Blued< Bright Nickel= Royal Coltguard.

    On NIB 2.5" Python, Blued < Royal Coltguard < Bright Nickel= BSTS.
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    Thank you for the great replies.

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    i bought my .357 python dated 1983 serial in good condition no box and papers for 3000. i thought i might have paid a bit too high but with the finish i figured the gun could be worth as much as 4000. regardless. i couldn't resist buying something i knew was special and hand made and I just had to "pull the trigger" on this one. I'm going to take it to the range for my first time in the next week or so. I can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richbuddy View Post
    Hello all, I recently acquired my first Colt. It is a 1983 Python with the nickel electrolysis finish and my research has found that the pythons had an extra process before the finishing making it a higher quality termed "Royal" Coltguard versus just Coltguard used on other caliber revolvers with this same finish. Anybody have any input on this? thank you.

    just curious why do you think your 83 gun is coltguard instead of stainless?


    Edit: ...no comment? ...its my understanding that coltguard was discontinued in 81 in favor of stainless steel.....so is this gun really a 83' or a holdover from 81' ...or in fact what it looks like to me a SS gun? .....personally i would MUCH prefer a SS gun to coltguard ... to the OP a easy quick way to tell is flip open the cylinder and look for a sideways S in the cylinder eject rod cavity like in the picture (marked in red when you zoom the pic)...another indicator of SS is the serrated cylinder release which your gun also has. (or front site pins which you do not show in pictures)
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    Another view of the stainless sideways “S”.

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    And from what I've seen as far as value goes it seems that Stainless Steel Python's have outpaced all the other finish offerings a bit; Blue, Nickel, and Coltguard (Electroless Nickel).
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