Colt Python aka Combat Magnum

2 Oct 2012

Arguably the best revolver ever made, the Colt Python enjoys recognition in movie and video game culture.

The Colt Python aka ‘Combat Magnum’ is a .357 Magnum revolver and is often referred to as “the finest production revolver ever made”.  The Python was introduced in 1955 by Colt’s Manufacturing Company in the US, and was originally designed to be a large-frame .38 Special revolver, but was revised to use a .357 Magnum cartridge instead.

The Python became a popular choice for law enforcement officers, offering superb accuracy coupled with significantly improved stopping power over a standard .38 Special. Available in a plethora of barrel lengths (2.5, 3, 6 and 8in), it was the 6in model that proved to be the most popular.

However, the 9mm semi-automatic handgun eventually became more popular in law enforcement circles, with models like the Beretta 92F and Glock 17 providing many more rounds between reloads.

Nowadays Python is very popular within firearm collectors. The ‘Combat Magnum’ is an iconic weapon and is popularised as a high-power handgun in many movies and video games.

Colt Python with 6″ Barrel – .357 Magnum

 

Colt Combat Python 3″ in Royal Blue finish – .357 Magnum

 

Colt Python Stainless Steel variant with 6″ Barrel and Colt marked rubber combat grips – .357 Magnum


Colt Python Stainless Steel
variant with 4″ Barrel and Colt marked rubber combat grips – .357 Magnum


Colt Python
with 6″ Barrel and nickel finish – .357 Magnum

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