I can attest, Odd things and quality has happened with Colt through the years including pre and post war models, models of today and not just the strike years. All years had some sort of problems. Believe it or not, Colt has put out some of it's best guns during the strike years. I have several models from the strike years and are all of superb quality including fit , finish and function. I own Pythons from the 70's and 80's and my 1986 Python (strike year) is probably the best of them all. The action is butter smooth, finish is a flawless beautiful deep wet Royal Blue and surpasses my other Pythons. I also have a Trooper MKV from 1986, King Cobras blue and BRSTS (which are flawless) and Gov't models from the strike years that are fine examples and of superb quality. I've seen much flawed work from non strike years. In fact, my strike year blue King Cobra has a nicer deep blue finish than my 1981 Royal Blue Python. Even though Colt hired around 600 workers during the strike, the best of the "non strikers" were put on the Python line. The other workers learned their jobs quickly. It wasn't long before a new worker had his job perfected. i.e., If he was a polisher and is polishing 200 guns a day well, let's just say, if he doesn't get it all together in a week then he will never get it. Remember, many of the strike workers weren't at Colt for very long either before going on strike.
I've also seen 70's and early 80's revolvers with no Rampant Colt, buggered screws that left from the factory, poor fitting side plates and machine and tool marks on different areas of the guns from the factory. And don't misunderstand me, I own today and have owned many Colts from the 60's through 2000's and I know there's bad in all years and sure the strike years had a share of their problems like anything else but regardless, I've seen and owned many mid-late 80's strike year Colts and all the ones I've owned, I was always impressed with the quality. There's many other forum members that have strike year Colts with no issues. Just saying.Some of the most sought after Colts were from the strike years including the 3" Combat Python, the Snake Eyes Python, Combat Cobra, 2.5" King Cobra and Custom Cobra.
I do agree with those that say Colt went cheap and it’s not what it used to be. That’s why I didn’t buy a Python when they came out in 1956...they didn’t even boil them in gasoline and furnace blue them like “real” Colts were pre-war...and to think people bought them...yuck! They went cheap in how they built them...such a shame.
With a couple of days of Gunbroker auctions completed, I was curious to see what the last 48 hours of completed auction prices yielded.
The last 15 new pythons all sold for above $2100 .. averaging close to $2200 excluding ship cost. What can ya say.. people want it and some aren’t gonna wait. The new cobras and new king cobras were a mere warm up to this. I’m still a little ticked at myself for paying msrp on the new Cobra the other year, and that was after several months after it was released and they still couldn’t be found in gunshops locally due to low initial production and rollout issues.
This time, Colt did it right with having initial stock ready (3000+ made already) at the starting gate. .. and it’s still amazing that the rush to buy prices difference over msrp is averaging $700 over msrp. That would buy a new Cobra right there with change left over.
I think many of us had a feeling that this was going to be a big deal on an unprecedented scale.
Good going, Colt. Tip of the hat to you.