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    Like mikegs430 said, your Python is a 1979. You are very lucky to have a father that kept the gun that long. You should keep it and pass it on to your child some day. If you don't have any kids I'm available for adoption.

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    mikegs430 is correct. It was made in '79. I see a lot of people ask about dates on here. Even though most can be researched online, post '80 serials cannot, well I shouldn't say cannot as the colt website sometimes pops newer ones up but a lot of the time (when it counts) they don't return an answer. I would recommend that anyone really interested pick up the two pocket manual books for Colts. The date book and the value book. I went to abebooks dotcom and paid $25 for both and that included the shipping. I love them. I also have digital copies of the Jerry K. repair manuals, the 1st vol, 2nd vol, and the 1911 repair manual. They are in pdf. If anybody needs some info out of them PM me.

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    There is a list of serial numbers up to 1985 out on Colt Python. I copied those out into my own format and keep a list with me.

    The other option is to get the Blue Book list of Colt Serial Numbers.

    Year: Serial Numbers: Production:
    1978 V01001 - V36736 35,736
    1979 V36737 - V88373 51,636
    1980 V88374 - V99999 11,625

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    I got a question maybe someone can answer most years (after 1969) it looks like there was one run of letters per year but in 1980 there were Pythons made with 5 different letter groups, anyone know why or what happened that year?
    1980 V88374 V99999 11,625
    1980 AL01001 AL9999 8,999
    1980 LA0101 LA9999 9,899
    1980 VA1001 VA9256 8,256
    1980 K01001 K16265 15,265
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatewayad View Post
    I got a question maybe someone can answer most years (after 1969) it looks like there was one run of letters per year but in 1980 there were Pythons made with 5 different letter groups, anyone know why or what happened that year?
    1980 V88374 V99999 11,625
    1980 AL01001 AL9999 8,999
    1980 LA0101 LA9999 9,899
    1980 VA1001 VA9256 8,256
    1980 K01001 K16265 15,265
    Just a guess, but it looks like they shortened the lettered serial numbers from 99,999 to 9,999 for a little while... and then went back to the 99,999 serial numbering.

    5 numerical digits as compared to 4 numerical digits.

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    If you think that is bad, just look at the lettering and serial numbers for the King Cobras. They are a mess.
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    thanks for the info bsmalley

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    TFlyboy, 1979 production would have been 51,637, and 1980 production 11,626 to come up with the 98,999 total production with the V suffix.


 
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