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    "My friend ordered a new Colt Python and it came in yesterday. I went with him to pick it up. The LGS had him open the sealed box, it came straight from the distributor. Before he got the plastic off we could see the large screw on the left was missing, the one with the detent that holds the crane in, I believe. We also saw that the grip screws were buggered, likely with an improperly sized screwdriver. The dealer called Colt, but a 33 minute wait on hold put him into the voicemail center.

    We checked the box thoroughly, no screw or detent pin."



    That is just unbelievable and reinforces my personal rule to NEVER BUY A CURRENT COLT WITHOUT FIRST DOING A HANDS-ON INSPECTION OF THE GUN. I wonder how screw-ups like this can even occur. Best wishes for a happy conclusion.
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    That is unforgivable from any gun maker...how many hands did that pass through at the factory? There was the assembly tech...the test fire person...any number of inspectors...the person who wrapped it up and placed it in the case...and all missed it? Without more evidence it's pretty easy to say it was deliberate sabotage by at least one employee but most likely lazy employees and inspectors.

    If it happened to more than one revolver as seems to be the case...it's probably the same people involved and all should be dismissed for cause and the union should not be averse to that...only to make sure those fired were done so by the book. It hurts the entire company and employees. If any revolvers like that were sent to a gun magazine for test and review it could be catastrophic.

    For Colt...in the middle of an attempted comeback...this is ridiculous and management should be diligent in weeding out all these problems hurting the new Python's launch.
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    Question for those "in the business": Don't FFL's typically open incoming shipments to log the firearm details (e.g. verify the serial number) into their records before they are transferred to the end buyer? If so, do distributors also have to do this? I'm not accusing anyone of anything, but an end customer opening a "sealed box" directly from the factory for the first time at an FFL doesn't match how things are done at any FFL I've ever used for transfers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    I have no problem with the new Python receiving tough scrutiny...it's that so many other guns from other manufacturers don't get the same scrutiny. I've never understood why but there's a lot of Colt hate out there and has been for a long time.
    I have never seen any extra hate for Colt over S&W or other revolver manufacturers. Colt and S&W have always been the two big revolver names for me, and I would have trusted either the same. I owned a new Ruger before guns from either of the other two, and as great as it was, I still thought of Colt and S&W as the top two to trust. My first two pre-1960 revolvers were S&W, and then I bought two pre-1970 Colts. As far as quality, none of the four did anything to change my opinion about Colt and S&W.

    But I have to admit, my new S&W's are pretty much flawless. I wasn't too concerned about the crown or cylinder problems, but the missing screw is different. To me, there is no way the gun was test-fired without the screw. It pretty much has to be sabotage just prior to shipping, doesn't it?
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    Mine was opened in front of me, and it did not look like that. No zip tie either.

    They did note the S/N from the outside label, but they had to verify it after I opened it and inspected it.

    Seems weird. Like it maybe failed inspection and was held together with the tie until the screw was replaced.
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    I think it's funny that this thread is almost about to die until someone comes in with a horror story, then the thread goes nuts again.
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    I’m not following the zip tie / screw missing story. Colts/pythons don’t leave the factory with a zip tie on them, if someone is saying that’s how the gun came from the factory... with a zip tie and missing a screw. Maybe I’m confused. It’s that time of day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lbaker45 View Post
    Posted on another gun forum:

    My friend ordered a new Colt Python and it came in yesterday. I went with him to pick it up. The LGS had him open the sealed box, it came straight from the distributor. Before he got the plastic off we could see the large screw on the left was missing, the one with the detent that holds the crane in, I believe. We also saw that the grip screws were buggered, likely with an improperly sized screwdriver. The dealer called Colt, but a 33 minute wait on hold put him into the voicemail center.


    We checked the box thoroughly, no screw or detent pin.

    Reply to the post by another member:

    Interestingly, two friends and I were at a gunshop in Lexington last Thursday when the same thing happened. The counter man is a retired police officer that I went to the academy with. He opened the box, the screw was missing, and it was not to be found anywhere in the box.


    Love Colt but must say that is quite uncalled for. I mean that should have been caught by QC. ^^^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVCOLT View Post
    Love Colt but must say that is quite uncalled for. I mean that should have been caught by QC. ^^^^
    I wonder if that got shipped to distributor by mistake ? My Python did not come with a zip tie on it and I was there when it was opened.

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    Never see a gun, from ANY manufacturer, come out of a sealed box with a zip tie on the action. Ever. What I have seen, at plenty of gun shows and gun stores, are firearms with zip ties on them to prevent prospective buyers from dry firing and/or working the action.


 
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