COLT PYTHON SILHOUETTE .357 — FACTORY PROTOTYPE 8 Bbl…NEAR w/ COLT LETTER
Here’s an interesting revolver for the Colt collector. This is a Colt Python that had been kept in the Colt factory collection as a “sample and prototype” of the Python Silhouette Model. It was sold from the factory collection via Greg Martin Auctions back in 2008. Chambered for the .357 Magnum, it wears an 8-inch vent-rib barrel with adjustable sights and the standard Python barrel markings. This beauty is finished in Colt’s highly polished “Royal Blue” and remains in excellent, as new condition. There are a few very tiny handling marks so I’ll grade the gun at 99%. It does appear that the gun was fired at some point, probably by the factory. The checkered walnut grips are in excellent condition, free of cracks, chips or significant wear. The mechanics are in perfect working order and the bore is excellent as well. This revolver comes in a Colt factory box with owner’s manual and includes the Colt factory letter which describes the prototype status of this desirable revolver.
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Auction: Colt Model 1860 ARMY .44 Cal
Now up for auction: one of the most popular of Civil War pistols, the Colt 44 Model 1860 Army Revolver. NOTE: Auction ends May 15, 2011. This antique pistol is a muzzle-loaded cap & ball .44-caliber revolver used during the American Civil War. It was used as a side arm by cavalry, infantry, and artillery troops. The Colt 1860 Army uses the same size frame as the .36 caliber 1851 Navy revolver. The frame is relieved to allow the use of a rebated cylinder that enables the Army to be chambered in .44 caliber. Also, the barrel on the 1860 Army has a forcing cone that is visibly shorter than that of the 1851 Navy, allowing the Army revolver to have a longer cylinder.
Auction: Smith & Wesson “Pre-Model 30″ Revolver
Now up for auction: a classic Smith & Wesson “Pre-Model 30″ .32 Hand Ejector. NOTE: Auction ends May 1, 2011. Built on the round butt I-frame with five screws, this revolver chambers the .32 S&W Long. It wears a 2-inch barrel and has a 6-shot cylinder. All serial numbered parts are properly matching (frame, cylinder, ejector star, barrel and grips). The finish shows modest carry wear with thinning to the sharp edges and some light patina. There is also an area of finish loss/fading to the underside of the trigger guard. The grips are in very good shape with some handling wear but no cracks or chips. The mechanics are in good working order with good timing and lock-up. The bore is also in excellent shape. According to the serial number, this revolver should have been made in about 1949.