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Did Colt ever use any other color grip screws than blued on Pythons? I see people advertise original Python grips with brass screws and nuts.
 

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I believe they did use Nickel on some guns but think the brass are reproduction pieces. The experts here will weigh in, I'm just going by my own experience.
 

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I think Colt did use Nickel stock retaining screws and hardware on the early Pythons. Later Colt went to blued screws and hardware for the Nickel guns.
 

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On post-war Colt revolvers brass screws or bushings are a pretty certain sign of "replica" grips, or at least replaced screws and bushings.
Colt used a single bushing on the right side grip and a single small shank screw. Replica grips almost always use two bushings and a larger shank screw even if they are steel.

As above, Colt did sometimes use nickel plated parts on nickel plated guns, but most were ordinary blued steel.
 

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I still haven't bought a gun to go with these. One day soon I'll find just the right plinker grade Python without the box and papers. ;)

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