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Posted: 1/23/2006 5:19:28 PM EDT
I scored a Colt Python today at a local gunshop for the screaming price of $500! Someone had placed it on consignment today and needed cash quickly. It is a 4" barrel and I think it is nickle plated. Anyone know where I can find out when it was manufactured? Serial is K02xxx. I took it to the range this afternoon. WOW! What a sweet shooting pistol!
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 9:15:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2006 9:16:54 PM EDT by dfariswheel]
K02xxx was made in 1980.
The "K series started that year, and began at K01000. The year ended at K16265.

You "may" have a Colt Bright Stainless model.
Look inside the barrel where the ejector rod fits for a small stamped "S".
Also under the ejector, stamped on the center bushing at the rear of the cylinder for the "S" which is on stainless guns.

If it's bright and shiny under the grips, it's nickel.

Whichever, JUMP on this one.
The fabled Colt Python is apparently dead.
Just found out last week that Colt will probably never again make a double action revolver of any sort, much less a Python.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 10:10:44 PM EDT
Sweet! Thank you for the info! I didn't take the grip off yet, but I couldn't find an S anywhere. I thought it was nickle when I bought it. It would have been nice if it was stainless, but it is pretty nice the way it is. I assume it had wood grips originaly. It has Pachmeyers on it now and looks like they've been on it quite a while. Again, thanks for the info.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 7:25:45 AM EDT
Hey, dfariswheel, mind if I ask where you got that info? I have a Trooper III that I want to check out, I bought it used in 1980.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 7:35:49 AM EDT
Nice find. I am a certified auto guy, but I have wanted a nickle plated Python since I was 10 and Hawk on Spenser for Hire was my hero.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 11:47:32 AM EDT

There are two sources of Colt serial number info:

Here's a link to an online site with info that goes up to 1978:

The other source is the book "Colt: An American Legend" by RL Wilson.
This book is considered by Colt to be the "official" history of Colt firearms, and pictures every gun they made from 1836 to the publishing date in 1986.

In the back of the book is a complete listing of all known Colt serial numbers, by year up to 1986.
For guns made after that, only Colt has that info.

You can call the Colt factory during business hours and they will give you a production date over the phone, but NO other info.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 3:04:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/24/2006 3:23:50 PM EDT by MyakkaVice]
Thank you ! I looked that up, built in 77. I knew it wasn't that old when I bought it. I haven't shot it much, in fact it's still loaded with "Geco" ammunition, made in West Germany. Sorry about the crappy pic. Good thing this isn't a photography site.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 3:39:08 PM EDT
Very awesome...I'm happy for you!

I have dreamed of owning a Python for about 20 years now!

Link Posted: 1/25/2006 8:24:38 AM EDT
Nice looking Python!!
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