My Python has red ramp, white back. 10) as opposed to gun shops where you sell one a week. And let’s also assume that your knowledge of the basic shape of the trigger guard wouldn’t give one away. I have both the re-issued 586 (blued version) and Python (vintage 1978): both in the 4″ barrel version. I doubt Colt ever had more than a few police contracts, whereas S&W had, not only most cities and states, but also FBI and other feds. What if you had these two guns, side-by-side, with the same finish and grips, but with no branding? The S&W wheel guns are considered to be the industry standard now. Go figure. I would never put Buffalo bore type 45LC through my model 25, but my Anaconda handles it easily. The 6″ barrels deliver the same velocity. The single action is equal to any Smith & Wesson. Not a safe queen, but well cared for. Dave was a great marksman with the department issued revolver. It’s not that I don’t have the money to buy one, it’s just that at the prices they fetch it would only end up being a safe queen anyway to protect the money invested in it, and there are so many other guns I like that would be added to my collection first, because I’m only really interested in guns I can shoot regularly and carry, as and when, I need a certain type. Almost everyone would love to see the Python, and the other classic Snake revolvers, return. The Colt, in its day,did have a reputation, as a stronger medium frame gun. S&W came out with the 7-shot later. nough said. 245 of possible 250. Haven’t shot one of the new CZ 715’s but if they are like the rest of the DW’s, don’t bet against them at the range unless you can afford to give up some cash in a friendly wager. Shooting the Smith in single action? Action: Single/Double Action The Fairest of Them All: Smith & Wesson's…, Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 686 Raises…, Ring Steel in the Roaring '20s With a New Colt Python, Colt Python: First Shots! As is the S&W 686. I never owned a python but have a king cobra, 686-1, 686-7 talo, and my old colt trooper Stainless Steel. I have shot a lot of matches using the 686. It competed directly with Smith & Wesson’s Model 29. Buy one on GunsAmerica: https://www.gunsamerica.com/Search.aspx?T=ruger%20gp100%20357. This list consists of our current selection of guns available to have our holsters made to fit. I bought the pythons and I shot them back in the 80s and 90s and enjoyed them but I let them go. As Colt describes the wheel gun . I purchased one from Shooters in Jax, Fl two weeks ago. Nice write-up Dave, and well supported with photos. The changeover to MIM parts was terribly ill advised, as was the addition of two-part barrels. Greatest .357 Magnum ever made, and as a pure shooter even better than its nearest competitor, which was the first .357, the great pre-war S&W Registered Magnum. My 4″ nickel plated snake has pachmayr grips and a florescent front site. NOTE: All shooting in our videos is done by professional shooters for instructional and entertainment purposes, with an emphasis on safety and responsible gun ownership. For supporting GunStreamer at this tier, we will mail you one of our lovely GunStreamer patches! That being said, the hand on a Colt wears faster (thus more of them out of time) and where as the V Springs that allows a light trigger will break much easier than a single leaf. Love my S&W PC 357 8 shot revolver. Both guns function flawlessly. The .32 Colt, .32 Smith and Wesson, .38 Colt, and .38 Smith and Wesson were among these. than the Colt Diamondback comes close to the craftsmanship, a Colt benchmark. And with prices of decent used Pythons up in the $3,000 range, a new Python could fetch a pretty high price, if Colt did it right. My first handgun was a Taurus 66 in blued steel, 4\” barrel, 7 shot configuration. The tighter lock up results in more consistency. Both of the major Colt competitors have hands-down better products and service at substantially lower cost, and it’s not even close. Before AR vs. AK, 870 vs. 500 and 9mm vs 45 ACP were debated endlessly on forums and social media — there was Colt vs. Smith & Wesson. If you want a 686 they are out there. It’s identical to the 686 but it’s a blued, carbon steel gun. It is my “go to” gun for farm work or hunting, though not for social carry. The best Colt revolver was a Colt Trooper III. New In Box, ready to ship. The python is a fine pistol beautifully fitted and finished and commonly accurate. These things had to be expensive to produce, even in 1955. That being said I’ll give my view as a smith that works on both Colts and Smiths and I’ll agree with some of the points that the writer made. The 686 is stainless. Making this a THREE way test would have been really interesting. Basically, saying trying to prove one revolver is better or worse than the other is a waste of time, that horse has been beat to death 150 times over already. I don’t miss that blinding glare that was typical for the stainless model. I must say that my Smith’s accuracy out of the box is outstanding. I, too, have seen both lousy machining and heat treating problems in them, most of these beginning in the mid to late 1980s, and getting progressively more common from that point forward. It’s much like spotting a 55 Chevy and a 56 Chevy from a distance. I have also competed in PPC shoots with modified S & W’s and did very well. I think that they are fantastic guns and were a great bargain. With regards to Colt durability vs. the Smith in previous comments, I don’t see it. Back years ago a guy at the range praised the python. I have a Colt Trooper that the double action trigger comes in at just over five pounds, a Smith trigger at that weight will not set off a primmer. Wooden grips can be thinner and smoother, but the rubber feels great in the hand. Two classic beauties–the Colt Python (top) and the Smith 686. It is the Standard for revolvers to which everything else is compared. I can get a Colt trigger lighter and smoother than a Smith just because of the difference in design. The 686 can try, but it will never make it. The other day a Colt Diamondback came in and I was just heartbroken when I opened the box to find a very heavily rusted and pitted revolver. I own various Colts and none of them are as good as the competition whether revolver, auto pistol or AR platform. I’m curious how Ruger’s warhorse would have matched up against the Smith and nearly mythological Colt. If you always regret missing out on the opportunity to buy a Colt Python this is the Revolver for you. Both have solid triggers. If Colt put the Python back into production I would buy a least three. Agree with Joe the 686 Smith is the gun to keep. I’ve owned S & W revolvers in various calibers from .22 to .44mag. C’mon, Smith & Wesson — dump the chickensh-t MIM parts and two piece barrels, and start making them the right way again. I have a 686 plus and have always loved it, the fact it hold 7 rounds instead of 6 is still fascinating to me even after all the years of ownership. If you\’re on a budget – or not – there is no reason not to consider a Taurus 66 at 2/3 the cost of a 686 and spend the balance on a good holster and/or ammo. It is a total non issue. In 2002, I had a S&W 340 lock up on me after shooting less than 40 rounds of ammunition. I qualified as master with that pistol my entire career. It’ll have all the handwork that any Python has, equal fitting and finishing including a spectacular bright blue, and a better (and non-stacking) trigger pull than any Python. The 586 would have been a better comparison for the Python. Would a new production Python be expense to manufacture? When it comes to winning, winners are going to shoot what works best. The 686 is dead on accurate, even in double action. They would lose more than they would gain. Also a Colt locks the cylinder tighter at the time of ignition than a Smith and that adds consistency. I am quite familiar with Smith revolvers and just a “try out” with a Python. Then he bought the best one for himself. MSRP for the blued model $543. Smith & Wesson Model 686-2 357 Magnum, $900 (1988) We chose a 686 of comparable age to the Python, although Smith & Wesson offers newer models of the 686 that addressed some of the faults we found with our handgun. As is, they’re visually distinct. Most people just don’t see the beauty of a well made revolver like they once did. How many times have you blown through a mag at the range and left yourself completely naked, so to speak. As is obvious to those of us with a functional sense of sight, the two guns we’re comparing are almost identical. A 1956 catalogue lists a Colt Trooper at $71. I never bought a python but always wanted a ultimate stainless 8 3/8 barrel. And from time to time if I am at the range at the right time, I still get to put a few rounds through her as well. Either gun can be smoothed out as that is just a matter of polish but the “V” spring allows for a lighter trigger pull and still affords enough hammer speed to ignite primers. Nothing is close imo. For those with limited funds, there are still options for the big double-action .357s. Also, Colt’s quirky action, with a V-shaped mainspring, was prone to timing problems. Got and love my S&W 586-6″ (Blued), after my S&W 29, (Dirty Harry’s). Why did the guns fade away? 2.54 cm to the inch. There are other considerations, though. I’ve owned/own multiple Colt and Smith revolvers. The Python had a $125 MSRP (the same as the Single Action Army). I’ve owned newer and older model smiths, and have greatly noticed that the personal touch to detail, fit & finish, as well as dependability just isn’t what used to be. The most expensive .357 for sale on GunsAmerica? It was truly a beautifully designed weapon. I own a Python, a 686, a 586, a GP 100 and a Taurus Model 66. I HAVE a 6″ King Cobra I shoot fairly often. Smith 686 or wait to spend $500~ more on the 2020 Colt Python? However, you are quite correct when you state that Colt has had more than its share of quality control issues over the years. I will be getting one for sure. Buy one on GunsAmerica: Yeah right. Great gun but, my favorite is a Ruger Security Six 2/34″ That I have had since 1980 Best silky trigger ever on a revolver. They are still around in near mint condition, but will set you back well over $2000. Even with all the abuse, it still functioned just fine. Could it be the best .357 isn’t a revolver? So let’s get past that. These changes have resulted in less accurate, more breakable guns — not what anyone wants to see. Thanks …. Currently negotiating to buy a 6in stainless Python for $2000.. Stay tuned. When I took a job with a sheriff’s department, I opted for a Colt Python 4″ as a uniform gun. Fortunately for my pocketbook I inherited it. A very good article that provides a solid overview of two very similar and outstanding revolvers. All are excellent shooters. The balance provided by their long, fully lugged barrels makes them easy to hold on target. The facts are that years ago Colt foolishly turned there plant into a union run manufacture. I would not hesitate to buy a 686 over the new Python. As far as the guns go both are awesome. The single action is super crisp 3.5 pounds. Exceptional accuracy, and looks great. I think, inherently, S & W lockwork is faster than the Colt. I have owned revolvers made by Taurus, Llama, Colt, H & R and S & W and, to me, Smith and Wesson is simply the best. I met Bob Morrison, then CEO of Taurus and a real live gun man if ever there was one, at the gun store where I was making the purchase, told him what I\’d heard and read, and asked what he thought of it. Let’s assume for a minute that buying a Python would just be far too bourgeois. Dan Wesson is the latest to come back on line with the .357s. If the Python was put back into regular production or even offered in a special limited run it would be a huge success. There are pluses and minuses to both Colt and Smith & Wesson. The 686 was Smiths last evolution of the service revolvers, made a bit beefier then the 66. I doubt Colt ever had more than a few police contracts, whereas S&W had, not only most cities and states, but also FBI and other feds. So the question is this: if the expense of producing the Colt Python was too much, how is Smith pulling it off with the 686? Firearms can be extremely dangerous if not used safely. Don’t even get me started on the lock issues. I liked the review and after having a nice collection of Semi autos, I felt the need for a revolver. They both shoot so well that I’m really hard pressed to choose one over the other. Overall, I like the 2020 Python version better. I have for decades. And owning Ruger’s, I love the GP 100 to pieces. It’s actually 15.24 cm. Have owned three pythons. Here are my Twins (& their little brother Siggy), http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d67/PUCKBOY99/WEAPONRY/photo-10_zps031ebc6e.jpg. I own a the Python these days only for investment purposes and to say I have one. This is a sporadic problem that just doesn’t seem to go away for S&W. I’m sure if Colt thought they could profit by tooling up for Pythons they probably would,(also would be nice to see Diamondbacks hit the market again). What’s the least expensive .357 on GunsAmerica? Only a 44mag or 500 receives higher command. . All of the above mentioned revolvers are excellent pieces, so you should use what fits you best (price being no object). But after about 3,500 rounds over these 25 years, it has a smooth action and dead-on performance. It may not win beauty contests, but it’s hard to beat it’s toughness, ease-ability in disassembly for cleaning, and it’s simplicity. Colt’s bluing is like a masterpiece, and the lockup is like a bank vault, but that’s about the only difference between it and my 686-3. The GP-100 will digest just about any .38/.357cartridge and ask for seconds. The Security Six could match my partner’s 686 for accuracy, but not the Python. It had the best finish, and best trigger/action of the two. I have semi auto’s as well and they have their place and are quite accurate,but, I really enjoy a wheel gun, plus it’s a lot easier for this old man to retrieve spent cartridges compared to having to bend over to pick up spent auto rounds. .357 Magnum, Happy shooting. The old Python is blued. Back to new python, if colt was to build these models the lock work would be way cheaper. I purchased a Smith581, a friend(we’ll call him Dave) purchased a python, and “Bob” a Ruger GP101 or 100? Have an Anaconda and a few Python. I like them both both, but the Python is a safe queen (I think I put roughly 50 rounds through it in the 10+ years that I owned it.). There’s nothing compact about these brutes. The cylinder release is not so well thought out. I’ve shot them, and I put them head to head with the 686 any day. Current Manufacturer/Gun Types. S&W N frame 357 in 3.5.” The prices have gone Python-esque, but damn if they aren’t about perfect. Dont let that ridiculous noise keep you from buying this gun that once you put it in hand and feel the weight and experience its top notch trigger you will be completely satisified. Action: Single/Double Action Of course it would. Six inches of solid steel. The Ruger goes with me in a bug out bag, but I’m elated to have a Python in the safe. Otherwise, they both feature 6″ barrels and full-sized frames. That being said the hand on a Colt wears faster (thus more of them out of time) and where as the V Springs that allows a light trigger will break much easier than a single leaf. I sold those first two years ago and moved to semi-autos, but kept the Python. Smiths do tend to be more robust and if you are buying a revolver with reliability in mind then the Smith is your choice. This drives up price considerably. For some reason people will always pay way too much for the name and eventually I will cash in on that. 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