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There is absolutely nothing special about this blue plastic case and should be worth about $15.00. The reason it has a sales price of $170 is due to the current trend of counterfeiting "New-In-Box" Pythons. Anyone willing to pay $170 for this case will also have plans to package it with an unboxed and probably used Python and attempt to sell it as a remarkable and rare collection piece. Some will also purchase a bootleg outer sleeve for this blue case, and a fake Colt label and try to push it as a New-In-Box Colt. No, there is nothing special or valuable about this case. It is when a counterfeiter succeeds in ripping someone off, that it becomes valuable... to the counterfeiter.
 

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Karnataka--IThanks for clearing that up. I have read many of your posts about all the fake Colt paper and boxes out there. I wish there was some way for someone like me to figure out which box went with this colt or that colt. I bought the book of colt papers but it doesn't go as far as to mention boxes. You're so knowledgeable on this I suggest you should write a book on it. We need something like dfariswheel did with the various Python grips. I. realize there are reasons not to draw a roadmap for the counterfeiters but that leaves the novices like me too often with nothing else but a guess.


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Surefire, all you have to do is ask this forum about anything related to Colt Packaging and there will be a bunch of guys all over it for you. I have never seen so many experts ready to share their knowledge, than right here at the Colt Forum. Although they will never tell you, I think some of these guys actually worked at Colt and built these fine guns.
 

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Yes, I have found there are many experts on this forum, especially among the wheel gun collectors. Now I don't want to give away anything here, but on one of the genuine Python boxes I have, I found (I'm not going to say where for fear it too will be counterfeited if it isn't already, the words "Bradley Smithfield RI [zip code written out]." I checked and this company still exists. I take it they made boxes for Colt at some time but I don't know when. Is this a way to determine if some boxes are genuine? I didn't look at my other box because it has a gun in it and is in my safe.
 

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my favorate cases, my local gunstore was selling these and 1911 colt cases for ten bucks each back in the day i should have cleaned him out but only got one of each, i am still kicking myself.
 

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Brownells sells the Colt blue plastic cases for I believe about $28 (as a dealer I get them for $23) but they are on back order. They have the S&W cases in stock but obviously who wants them :) These are the current cases not the smaller cases that go into the sleeve.
 

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Brownells sells the replacement cases with Foam interiors, not to be confused with the subject of the OP which is a Factory Original case. Two entirely different animals.
 

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Sorry I've been out helping an old Air Force buddy hunt elk in Colorado and had no cell coverage for awhile. My question is, does any literature exist that shows what eras or years the different boxes ( foam-lined vs non) were used?
 

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Didn't the late Python's come in a blue plastic box with Foam interior?
Yes. But be aware that there is an auto case and a revolver case. And many of the current replacement cases are cases for the autos. These auto cases will have a single piece of foam in the upper half of the box and will have a holder for the chamber safety indicator plug.

The proper case for the late pythons will have will have 2 pieces of foam in the top half of the shell and a molded area for storing the orange cylinder safety disk.
 

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Yes, I have found there are many experts on this forum, especially among the wheel gun collectors. Now I don't want to give away anything here, but on one of the genuine Python boxes I have, I found (I'm not going to say where for fear it too will be counterfeited if it isn't already, the words "Bradley Smithfield RI [zip code written out]." I checked and this company still exists. I take it they made boxes for Colt at some time but I don't know when. Is this a way to determine if some boxes are genuine? I didn't look at my other box because it has a gun in it and is in my safe.[/QUOTE
Bradley Press makes all types of cardboard packaging, including " specialty packaging ". Gee, I wonder if that is the "warehouse " where a certain scammer from Sparta '' discovered a horde of original Colt boxes"( and labels, and inserts, and the list continues to grow..)
 
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