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Howdy fellas!
I am working on procuring my first Colt Python from a friend.
All that I know about it thusfar is that it has a nickel finish.
I just read a post by another member regarding changing the barrel on his Python.
I was not aware that this was even possible.
Quite frankly, I am a shotgun and lever action devotee and know squat about handguns.
Please educate me in this regard.
Thanks.
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It is possible to change the barrel, they are just screwed into the frame but only Colt should do it or a VERY competent COLT gunsmith. Colt is currently backed up 6 months and it take another 6-8 months to get it back.

Buy the barrel length you prefer and be done with it. It's probably more hassle than it's worth trying to convert.
 

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Understood.
Unless the gun in question is a gift in the first place, right?!
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Unless the gun in question is a gift in the first place, right?!
CIA
A gift is a gift and supposedly you can do whatever you want with a gift ... unless it comes from a special person (John Wayne/Samuel Colt, etc.) or commemorates a special occasion (50 years of marriage?). At that point, the gun is no longer just a python as it has a story.

As for changing the barrel or refinishing the gun, send it back to Colt. This will involve a lengthy wait and additional expense. I'm not saying this shouldn't be done in various cases as you get back a really nice gun that is completely checked out. And it will be done by Colt -- save the documentation in this case.

But refinishing/smithing by someone not an expert like Colt puts you and your gun at risk. It can be done very nicely, and we see this with many "flawless/collector grade" guns. But, they usually will not letter (archive) correctly.

So if you have a shooter, shoot it. If not, ... whatever. You can always pick the gun up, keep it for a while, learn more about the Pythons and see what they are, and then trade it towards another python more to your liking.

There's always something to be said about having a python in hand as opposed to still looking for one. As for many of us, we have at least one python in hand as we look for more opportunities to upgrade our collections.
 

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Gift or not, I suggest leaving the Python in its original configuration. They have become highly collectible and prices are soaring. If you ever decide to sell it, it will be worth far more to a collector if the gun is in its original state.
 

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And welcome to the Colt Forum from TN.
 

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I never aquire guns based on resale value!
Every gun I own has been customized in some way or form.
They're like Harleys to me in that respect.
Admittedly, this will be the first valuable gun I have ever owned but the theory still stands IMHO.
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I never aquire guns based on resale value!
Every gun I own has been customized in some way or form.
They're like Harleys to me in that respect.
Admittedly, this will be the first valuable gun I have ever owned but the theory still stands IMHO.
CIA
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It's perfectly fine to treat them as such, but I think hopalong's intent was simply to make you aware of the fact that any customization will significantly depreciate the gun. It's your gun; do with it as you want.
 

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I agree with you all!
Please do not infer any dissrespect whatsoever from my comments.
My point was just this: I have no use for a snubby-valuable or not.
If I am actually lucky enough to take possesion of this gun it will become one of my most prized possesions!
It will become customized to some degree and it will become unique unto it's owner. Me.
I will cherish it as long as I live. But I will not sell it.
I certainly recognize the public's perception of the market value of these guns but it is more or less unimportant to me.
Now, I'm alot of things; but stupid ain't one of them! I realize that what I intend to do to such a gun would be akin to putting high performace tires on a Caddy; but at least I wouldn't put 20" wheels on it...
CIA
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I agree with you all!
Please do not infer any dissrespect whatsoever from my comments.
My point was just this:
I have no use for a snubby-valuable or not.
If I am actually lucky enough to take possesion of this gun it will become one of my most prized possesions!
It will become customized to some degree and it will become unique unto it's owner. Me.
I will cherish it as long as I live. But I will not sell it.
I certainly recognize the public's perception of the market value of these guns but it is more or less unimportant to me.
Now, I'm alot of things; but stupid ain't one of them! I realize that what I intend to do to such a gun would be akin to putting high performace tires on a Caddy; but at least I wouldn't put 20" wheels on it...
CIA
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Snubbies are all the rage right now.
Consider yourself very lucky!
 

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If you want to do some "CUSTOMIZING" then change the grips/stocks or gold paint on the Roll Marks . I would never change the barrel length unless it has a "FUBARED" Barrel .
 

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CIA484;494887[COLOR=#006400 said:
Now, I'm alot of things; but stupid ain't one of them! I realize that what I intend to do to such a gun would be akin to putting high performace tires on a Caddy; but at least I wouldn't put 20" wheels on it...
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