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I'm new here and to collecting Colts so please excuse this question but, why did Colt name all these beautiful guns after snakes? Kind of like Ford building Mustang Cobras...
 

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The cobra was the first and I don't know how they came up with the name but after that I believe the story is colt had a contest to name the new target revolver based on the trooper and and employee came up with the python name
 

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I read that a contest was held, and a VP at Colt's came up with the name Python (although the person telling the story- Al Gunther - wasn't 100% sure).

I also read that 'Anaconda' was suggested as the name for the Python, but was discarded because it would not fit on the barrel.
 
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