The coveted short-barreled Colt Python

Unveiled in January 2022, the new 3-inch Python looks just like the original revolvers, but that’s where the similarities end. Beneath all the beauty, Colt made several improvements that significantly improved the functionality and finish of this legendary revolver.

Colt’s newly redesigned action, using nine fewer parts, for a smoother, beefier action. The new crossbow action is smooth, repeatable, and varies little from cylinder to cylinder compared to the old Python. Pythons are single and double action pistols with a spur hammer. The silky smooth trigger pull on a Colt Python is second to none and is part of why these premium revolvers have such outstanding accuracy. In addition to its performance, the new Python packs more steel into the frame, so feeding the Python a steady diet of hot magnum loads is no problem.

Like all new Colt Pythons, the 3-inch barreled version is chambered for the mighty 357 magnum and features a 6-round cylinder. Its semi-gloss stainless steel finished body and barrel contrast with the stunning walnut grips. The shape of the hilt, deep checkerboard pattern and inlaid gold Colt logo are reminiscent of the classic. Its ribbed top strap and full-length bottom handle are unchanged from the original.

Plus, the ergonomics of the handle are more precise, so shooters won’t have to pull out their hand files. Colt also designed this grip to fit older Python grips, which is great for collectors. The user-interchangeable red ramp front sight allows the consumer to change sights without the need to seek out a gunsmith, as with the Pythons of yesteryear. Its upper strap is more robust, with 30% more surface area than the original.

Colt Pythons are always fun to photograph, but a peppy load on the 3-inch model promises to bring an even bigger smile to everyone’s face. The classic look and modern enhancements of the compact 3-inch model guarantee a lifetime of photographic pleasure. So whether it’s for self-defense, enjoyment at the shooting range, or filling a void in a firearms collection, the Colt Python 3-in is worth a closer look.

3 Inch Colt Python Features:

  • stainless steel frame
  • walnut grips
  • Adjustable rear sight (windage and elevation)
  • Red-Ramp interchangeable front sight
  • Single and double action trigger
  • Powerful 357 Mag Cartridge
  • 6 round capacity

3 Inch Colt Python Specs:

  • Caliber: 357Mag
  • Ability: 6 rounds
  • Barrel: 3 inches
  • Total length: 8.5 inches
  • Total height: 5.5 inches
  • Average Width: 1.55 inches
  • Technical barrel: 1:14 LH, 6 slots
  • Frame: Stainless steel
  • To finalize: Semi bright
  • Grip: Nut
  • Monuments: Rear, adjustable (windage and elevation); Front, red on ramp
  • Shooting action: double action/single action
  • Trigger Pull Double Action: 7.0 – 9.5 lbs. max.
  • Weight: 40 ounces
  • MSRP: $1,499.00

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