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DS, I am not an expert but I believe it was later than that. I think the first sts Pythons were still sporting wood stocks, but you may want to here that from the people who are more educated on it than I
 

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Yea but the local python for sale is a 78 Blue and he says NIB with black grips.... I was pretty sure it was 1980 or later but just wanted insurance from the forum!! Have not seen it yet but probably no since in setting up a appointment lol!
 

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Yea but the local python for sale is a 78 Blue and he says NIB with black grips.... I was pretty sure it was 1980 or later but just wanted insurance from the forum!! Have not seen it yet but probably no since in setting up a appointment lol!
If it's the one in TX I good him those grips are most def not original to the gun.
 

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The earliest known, factory fitted Pachmayr gripped Python, that I have seen is 1980. During 1980 and possibly a year or two after that, Pythons so fitted were identified with a unique "P" suffix model number as shown on the label of my NIB 6" Nickel from that year. I don't see these labels often, and I don't believe Colt continued this practice very long.

 

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I started working in a small gunshop in mid to late 1981. I bought my brother a 6" E-Nickel Python that had been on the books there for about a year. It came directly from a distributor named Whitneys in Denver CO. It was wearing rubbers.
 
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