This is my new Colt Python...I recently acquired my full firearms license and the permission to purchase (I currently live in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Australia), and managed to seriously luck out by finding this safe queen up for sale (literally the only Python for sale in my state...one of two or three for sale across the country).
Previous history was a single owner, who carried it around in a holster for a bit, shot a box of .357's, then slathered it up in oil and left it in his safe for sixty years. It didn't come with the box, but it did have the original letters from Colt, and the accuracy proofing target, which was a rather pleasant surprise.
I'm not fussed about it as a collector piece and take it to the range with me every week to slaughter paper targets in style. However, I am rather curious to know it's vintage.
The serial number is 49xxx which places it as a mid-sixties piece.
However, the grip isn't a mid-sixties smiley grip...however the owner was a fairly old guy that bought the gun new and held onto it until selling it to me, so I don't doubt his word that that's the way he bought the gun.
I was also recently surprised when the underlug swallowed one of my Q-Tips as I was cleaning it, and even more confused when hearing all the varying opinions on when the hollow underlug was phased out.
So, any opinions?