Hello everyone, my name is Rick and it's great to be here! Anyhow, it's been at least 12 years since I last owned a Python and I only recently have had the pleasure of getting another one. This time a 6 incher from '67 in very decent overall external shape. The timing is off a bit though and right now I'm having a great local gunsmith who is more than familiar with Colt DA actions take care of that problem so I'll be able to shoot the gun and further evaluate it's overall shape before I send the gun to Colts for a complete reconditioning and rebluing. I don't mind the extra expense of having the gun retimed locally in the least as I'll be able to judge how good the smith is with Colt actions, and because even though the gun is probably still shootable I realize that shooting a Python out of spec only accelerates wear and tear on the action. One question I have concerns the face of the the cylinder which faces the forcing cone. On about half of the cylinder face is a slight drag mark. Not sure how it got there but my gunsmith said it's not because of frame stretching, bent crane or anything like that. He tested the gap with a feeler guage and at .006" the cylinder stops turning at the point where the drag mark starts. The guns endshake is minimal, almost not there really and there is no excessive headspacing either. Any idea why the drag mark on the cylinder face? My only thoughts are that maybe at one time the gun had a lot of lead or powder fouling buildup and someone kept shooting the gun even as the action got stiffer. At any rate, the gunsmith said the gun hasn't been abused at all and that when he does his action job and retuning he'll address the drag mark issue as well. Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice in the matter.