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I found and bought my first Python today(4" barrel)and, I had hoped to not be buying a Python out of the troubled years at Colt's, in an attempt to avoid acquiring a Python built with inferior quality? I want a good Python, for sure!

The serial number of my newfound Python, is K554xx! I'm just making a guess, that it might have been built around 1981? If this is correct-then, I sure hope that Colt's made some good quality Pythons during this year of 1981? Is there a good chance that my Python will still turn out to be a pretty good one(That I could be proud to own?)? Based on my non-expert eyes, it looks good-but, I keep hearing the echoes(In my ears!)regarding how bad that the Python's were supposedly made in the 1980's-1990's, and I sure don't want to think that all of the Python's(From this Era)were out and out "Lemons"? Yikes!

Although this Python looks brand new(And, unfired!)I didn't obtain the box or any papers with it! How much would this hurt the value of this gun(Even though it is pristine mint(Not even a cylinder turn ring!))? Since I live here in the PRK, getting any opportunity to buy a Python, is pretty slim indeed! Yet(Today)I was very lucky to be the first in line for a chance to buy this Python! However, I was unhappy, to not have been able to get the box and papers(Etc.)with this Python(But, I bought it anyway, to avoid possibly never getting another chance to buy a Royal Blue Python ever again(Here in this "Infernal" place-with terribly unfair CA Gun Laws!))! Please give me your opinions?
 

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Like what has been said before, not all of them were bad nor all of the early ones good. Since it passed your asthetics test now you will have to judge it's mechanical quality. The good thing about that part is that it can be corrected if you find something wrong.
As to pricing since you are on the left coast I imagine they are quite costly, but a price around $800 should be fair. My Pythons I bought that had the box and goodies really didn't cost me anymore than just what the revolver should have sold for, but I did get good deals.
 

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Majic:

Thanks! I appreciate your input! I hope that some others will kindly, chime-in here also? I'd like to hear what everyone else might have to input, also? This will prove to be very beneficial to me!

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I bought a new one with no box or paperwork about a year and a half ago for $770. I was satisfied with the deal but I prefer getting them with the paperwork. The one I purchased was made in 1965, and it seems as if people back then didn't save the boxes like they do today. It does sound like you found a good one.
 

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i have a 81 4 inch in nickel and it has a very smooth action and finish.i like the action better then my older one thats blue.

can nickel hammer parts and trigger parts make it feel smoother or is it just this one ?

it seems that the trouble years were more mid 80s i think?

and good luck with the new python it find a good home.

can you post pics

and my 81 is a k61xxx

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I intend to post some pictures of my Python after my ten day waiting period is up!

Although I had wanted to get a Python made in the earlier years, with the assumption that "Older" mean't "Better built", it is kinda neat, to have found that my newfound Python, was made in the same year(1981)as my recently purchased(NIB)Colt Trooper Mark III! If there proves to be no serious quality control issues, I'll be very pleased! It is "Encouraging" to be receiving "Positive" reports(Regarding quality)from other owner's of early(1980's)Python's!
 

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Hi Colt38,

As Dfariswheel has told me when I asked the same questions, each gun should be judged individually on its own merits. I own a 6" blued Python from 1981 and a 6' from 1983, among my collection. They are both beautifully finished and look brand new. I took them to a Colt specialist to check out the timing and action, and both were perfect, no work needed. I own 4 other Pythons made in the 1970's and the fit, finish and quality are the same. I have checked and fired older models from members of the local club, and they feel and shoot like mine do. I'd say get some .38 specials and test out that gun and surprise yourself with how accurate and fun to shoot it is. I do not use magnum loads in the Pythons I shoot, 2 of mine have never been fired, because I don't care for the extra recoil, and I want to preserve the gun.
 

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I own and shoot a Python Target 8" 38 Special from the same period(S/N K02XXX). The blued finish is excellent, I had the action smoothed out and a little SA trigger work done by PHH in Pittsburgh. It is now "smooth as butta" and far more accurate than I am. I shoot it for informal bullseye and it never fails to get get a look or to when I haul it out from the range bag. When I get the chance I'll post a pic or two.

Scott
 
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