Here are some pics of my NIB safe queen '80 nickel Python Target .38 (excuse the EEZOX and lint on the gun):
I checked my Colt catalogs of the period and could not find it listed; they turn up occasionally, certainly not at the frequency of .357 Pythons. They were available for a couple of years, probably on a special order basis (my gun's box has a hand written gold foil label). These guns don't command a premium because of the unwieldy bbl length and weak caliber; it was an item with limited appeal.
[This message has been edited by Blokey (edited 05-25-2005).]
I'm pretty sure they were a 1983 year production and then phased out. Yes, they are heavy. As to the comment on "weak caliber" I suppose that depends on what you intend to do with it. I shoot mine, a lot, with both 148 HBWC and 158 SWC and it is a tack driving beauty. The only revolvers I have that can compete on accuracy (with the right load)are my 6" 357 and a tuned up 6" S&W 14-3. My OMT in 32 is not far behind though.
I agree the "collector" market for them is pretty thin. Still, it's a Python.
Gents, they're ALL lovely! I looked at a blue one in Pratt, Kansas, last week. He wanted $1,000 - no box, probably never fired. It wouldn't fit in my gun case! If I bought one of those, I'd HAVE to shoot it!!
I bought one of these NIB several years ago, but couldn't overcome the urge to shoot it. I put two cylinders of 148 gr wc's through it before returning it to the safe, and it cloverleafed both groups. A very accurate revolver. They don't show up for sale very often, but lately, the prices seem to be keeping pace with the 357 Pythons.