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    F Y I: Check Your New Python"s Screws!!! All Of Them!

    I included this in another thread, but I'm writing this up as a separately so that more Python Owners might read it.

    I finally cleaned my 2020 4.25" Python a few hours ago. While doing so, I recollected a forum post wherein the writer noticed that all of the frame screws on his 2020 Python were fingernail loose, including the one under the grip panels. He suggested that the loose screws might be the cause of the hammer/cylinder malfunctions we've seen in various videos.

    So, I took a fingernail and tried a screw. It was loose. I checked all of the other frame screws, including the one under the grip panels and they were ALL LOOSE.
    I recounted earlier in another thread that the loose .050" Allen screw in the "Airsoft" rear sight assembly had caused horizontal stringing of the shots until it was diagnosed and secured; so during cleaning I checked the .050" Allen screw that secures the front sight blade and it was loose also.

    To be clear, other than the issue with the rear sight's Allen screw, none of the loose screws caused any malfunctions whatsoever. However, I would suspect, malfunction or no malfunction, that getting a replacement frame screw or .050" Allen screw from Colt is going to be a huge PITA, given everything else that is going on.
    I have some Cocobolo Hogue grips scheduled to arrive later today from Amazon. When I install them I'm going to go back and re-secure all of my frame screws with LocTite.

    Do I still LOVE my 2020 Colt Python? You betcha absolutely. Just please check you screws so you don't get screwed.

    Good luck with your new Pythons. I hope they all shoot as good as mine does.
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    Good advice. I checked mine a couple of days ago and found the one under the grips to be a turn or two loose, as was the Allen screw in the sight. The one under the grip was also loose on my 2019 Cobra.

    Thanks for the reminder about the one for the front sight. I've never had to worry about a front sight before...I just checked it and that one was tight, but it's not the last time I'll check it.
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    Purple Loctite , #222MS is meant for small , fine thread machine screws. Clean threads and apply a small bit with a toothpick.
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    Good advice to check on any revolvers, especially after shooting a lot of magnum loads. After shooting and during cleaning, I always check every screw on the gun.
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    Does the purple loctite allow easy screw removal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethompson View Post
    Does the purple loctite allow easy screw removal?
    Yes.

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    Good idea. I had the same issue with my Cobra: Not only was the sight screw loose, it was also thoroughly oiled to really make sure that it would fall out easily. I don't know what they were thinking when they did that, but I cleaned it and put Loctite on it to make sure it stays put.

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    I don't know why gun manufacturers do this. They basically soak their guns in oil before shipping them. Even the polymer pistols and rifles I've bought come this way. One of which even claimed that the gun only required a couple of drops of oil to operate.

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    Checked mine...all are tight. I wonder whether Pythons returned to Colt for the redesigned transfer bar may not have had the screws properly torqued down in a rush to get them back to the distributors. Mine was made in mid-December so it was probably post-transfer bar replacement time period.

    Just a guess on my part.
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    Wish I had checked mine before sending it back. Oh well, the barrel needed fixed anyway.


 

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