Colt just confirmed today that the following firearm was made in 1983. Bright Stainless, Factory Wood Grips, 6" barrel, red ramp, white outline. Serial T18927. Purchased from a "Colt Collector", I had to wipe the cosmoline off the firearm to take pictures. Bright Stainless wasn't even offered until the 1985 catalog? Kathy at Colt re-confirmed the 1983 manufacture date. Does anyone have a Bright Stainless Python with a lower serial number? Is 1983 considered the "First Year of Issue" for Bright Stainless also? On the same note, it looks like the red ramp was introduced as early as 1983 - although earlier models in the same year also did not have the red ramp. So it must have been introduce mid year or so?