The original box is best indicator.Any way to tell (without a letter from Colt) whether or not a Python is Bright Stainless finish and not just a stainless Python that has been polished to look BSTS? Thanks!
To me, yes.Now, many revolvers have made their way back to Colt over the years for conversion and i'm sure there are more Brights out there now than what Colt actually made. If there is no box, I don't see what it matters really. Done before or after leaving the factory without the Key compenent of the box, does it affect value??? Not in my opinion.
Thanks,Indications of a re-nickel are similar to signs of a re-blue job.
Faded out stamps, particularity the Colt horse.
Rounded off edges and corners that should be flat.
Ripples in the flats caused by poor quality polishing.
Sharp defining edges that are blurred. As example where the side of a slide meets the rounded top. The line should be sharp. A bad polish job will cause the line to be sharp in some places, blurred out in others.
Dished out holes.
Most of these are caused by a ham-handed polisher using incorrect polishing gear.
Where did you send it for polish?I just got my SS Python back from polishing and I would bet you would have a hard time telling it from a BSS. I will post pics tomorrow when I can take pics in natural light as it is too darn hard to take pics of this thing otherwise