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Model Python Elite
Colt Revolver Python Elite .357 Mag Variant-4
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Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:11.5-in Height:No Data
Barrel:6-in Weight:43.5-oz
Variant 4 of 4
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (158 grain bullet)209192
  • Recoil Factor (158 grain bullet)8.93 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity6 rounds
  • ConcealabilityVery Poor
  • Defense Factor58%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1997 only
Caliber:.357 Mag
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:no manual safety
Frame:royal blue steel
Sights:red ramp front, adj. white outline rear
Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC
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Gun Value
MSRP:$1,150.00Used Est:$3,750.00
Last Update:8/27/2023
About the Gun

The Colt Python is a double action handgun chambered for the powerful .357 Magnum cartridge built on Colt's large I-frame. Pythons have a reputation for accuracy, smooth trigger pull and a tight cylinder lock-up. Pythons have a distinct appearance due to a full barrel underlug, ventilated rib and adjustable sights.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .357 Magnum
Alias: .357 Smith & Wesson Magnum
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:158 grains
MV:1324 ft/sec ME:615 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

Smith & Wesson introduced this cartridge for its heavy-frame revolver. Ammunition was developed by Winchester in cooperation with Smith & Wesson. Using a lengthened and strengthened version of the .38 Special case, the .357 Magnum was rapidly accepted by hunters and law enforcement. At the time of its introduction, it was claimed to easily pierce the body panels of automobiles and crack engine blocks. While it has less power than the .44 Magnum, it compares favorably to the 10mm Norma and .45 ACP, but with better armor penetration. Today factories offer over fifty different loadings in this caliber.

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