I guess I don't really understand why if you have a Colt Python and it can be inspected, that you really need the manual and box. I see people selling fake boxes on sites for a lot of money, this does not make sense to me? to me my pistol is no less valuable if I don't have the box. I have a manual not the original from colt as I believe you should try to give a manual with the Gun if selling it at least for safety. also would not a letter from the archives be good enough if you want to see where the pistol has been? I just don't understand.