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Well now,
After Colt made their mind up to make a top quality target 357 magnum revolver, they wanted it to be special in every way.
They experimented with barrel lengths and new designs.
This one pictured below has a few different designs.
This one introduces the shrouded ejector rod and top rib to the barrel as well as a machined target front sight and some other machining characteristics that you can see the entire barrel length.
The frame is not rounded at the point where it meets the barrel like you find on the Trooper and 357 models.
The front sight is actually wonderful as the ramp part of it fills the rear sights opening perfectly.
This prototype is chambered in 357 magnum and is balanced nicely.










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That Python has a really great profile. I'm not fan of vent ribs or full-lugs but do like ejector rod shrouds so find this prototype Python particularly appealing.
 

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Interesting prototype development, and barrel grooving.
Looks like they more or less just recycled the barrel design minus the grooving for the later Trooper Mark III.
 

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That Python has a really great profile. I'm not fan of vent ribs or full-lugs but do like ejector rod shrouds so find this prototype Python particularly appealing.
+1 -- I never liked the vent rib on any handgun! I also don't like full length under lugs. They seem silly. Thanks for posting pictures of this interesting revolver.
 

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Nothin' wrong with that thing.
Nothin' wrong with the typical production model either.
That one there is a very nice piece, indeed.
 

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Man. Chrysler made some really neat cars back then [my high school years].

Very pleasant and business looking, like they had it right in the first place.

But I guess they felt a need to vent rib it because it just wasn't flamboyant enough for the era. I mean, look at the kinds of cars they were building back then!

 

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Very interesting gun. Thanks for posting.

Barrel looks too much like a S&W for my tastes. Glad they went with the bull barrel.
 

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You guys are more than welcome.
No sense in having this stuff if I can't share it.

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