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Sir: some time ago one this board or possibly another one, you wrote a excellent description of what makes the Python such a fine revolver. I am unable to find that post. If available, could you repost it? Regards, Bill
 

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Here's something even more detailed that I wrote on another forum.

The Colt Python is the Rolls Royce of revolvers because:

The gun is essentially a custom built revolver.
Other revolvers are designed in such a way as the parts are "drop-in" as much as possible and require little hand fitting.

The Python, and all the older Colt's are "old school" designs from another era.
The guns MUST be totally hand assembled and fitted since all parts are made over-sized.
This requires extensive hand labor by Master fitters with many years of experience.
The Python then gets MORE custom hand fitting and polishing to give a even more refined action.

The old Colt action is an extraordinarily intricate, complicated design, that costs much more simply to build, much less finish to Python levels.

Other brands can be assembled by much less experienced people, and there isn't much fitting and tuning needed.

Next, is the exterior finish.
When a S&W or Ruger is being boxed for shipment, the Python is still being hand polished by highly trained polishers with many years of hands-on experience.

The Python was polished on custom Colt-made leather covered polishing wheels by people who were started out on Colt's cheaper guns.
After years of experience, only the very BEST of them were allowed to polish the Python.

The final polish on the Python used a media the consistency of flour.
This lengthy polishing process was used on all Python's including the nickel and stainless guns.

Reasons for Colt's reputation for being the most accurate
brand, and the Python's reputation for being the most accurate of all revolvers, involve the old-style Colt "Bank Vault" lockup, Colt's superior quality barrels, and their faster rifling twist.

The Python went even farther with an expensive tapered-bore barrel, which was finished with Colt's mysterious "Silver Ball" treatment.

In short, The Python is very much like ordering a true custom 1911 from a maker like Wilson, Brown, or one of the other top custom builders.

What you're getting is a revolver on which expensive hand labor is lavished, and on which everything possible is done to insure it's the finest quality and most accurate production revolver possible.

Hand labor, especially highly experienced labor is NOT cheap.
The kind of people capable of fitting and tuning the action or polishing the finish to the level the Python is, have many years on the job, and they don't work for minimum wage.

The difference is like buying a Seiko watch or buying a Rolex.
One is a common, mass produced, unrefined watch, and the other is a hand made labor of love that takes a year to build.

Hand made is higher quality than mass produced.

Why does a Rolls Royce cost more than a Chevy?
 

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The Python went even farther with an expensive tapered-bore barrel, which was finished with Colt's mysterious "Silver Ball" treatment.


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Can you explain any more about the mysterious "Silver Ball" treatment. Thanks.
 

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The "Silver Ball" was a Colt secret.
I'm unsure if Colt still does this on Pythons, and if not, I don't know when they quit.

In short, the "Silver Ball" treatment was done to all Python barrels, before they were assembled to the frame.

A Colt employee would put the barrel in a press device, and would press a silver colored ball of unknown material down the bore.

The few outsiders who ever saw the process said the ball was an odd silver color.

After pressing the ball down the bore, the bore had a brilliant, mirror shine unlike anything anyone had ever seen a bore look like.

What the silver ball was made of was considered a Colt company secret, and Colt rarely even mentioned the process to outsiders.

Obviously, the silver ball burnished the bore, evening out any possible roughness and leaving it with the incredibly bright, mirror-like shine that was reported.

After proof testing and firing for accuracy and function, the burnishing was reduced by firing, so the bore didn't have that strange, bright glitter that was reported.

This was yet another reason for the Python's superior accuracy, and why it cost so much.....Extra steps and hand labor no other maker even considered.
 

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I've once again read this thread with interest.

In celebration of the Python's fiftieth anniversary a leading gun magazine in the Netherlands had a nice article about this gun of guns. As a sidenote the editors of the magazine where indeed wandering why the Python was compared with a Rolls-Royce but also wondered who made that comparison. The editors never found any evidence that this was initiated by the Colt-company in any of their advertisments or brochures.

Any thoughts on that, anyone?
 

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It's a comparison that's been around many years.

Colt never said this, since it would be a copyright infringement to use another companies name in advertising.

The comparison is a natural one to make: The Rolls is the worlds finest production car, the Python is the world's finest production revolver.

You could just as easily use Rolex watches, Ferrari cars, Purdy shotguns, or any other "finest" product.
 

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So no use in fingerpointing on who's to blame!

Or it should be Colt itself for producing the finest handgun ever made! /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

P.S.

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