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Return of the Python
« on: January 03, 2020, 01:17:42 pm »


So?

Price seem awful steep to me.  And the general quality of the new Cobra concerns me as well.
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    Re: Return of the Python
    « Reply #1 on: January 03, 2020, 05:44:42 pm »
    Almost as over hyped as the originals.  This gun will have to be horrible for gun writers to say anything bad about them.  If it fails it will take Colt with it.  I never loved them, or hated them.  I and my dad and his friends just would not pay a premium for the Unicorn Prancing Pony.  This is kinda where I am at with S&W, Ruger has as good a trigger, as good balance, better innovation, better price...How much value do you place in a name and sentiment? 
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    Re: Return of the Python
    « Reply #2 on: January 03, 2020, 06:12:52 pm »
    Meh. It's not the original action (no way to replicate that with without a God-awful trigger because all of the master pistolsmiths who knew how to perform a good Python trigger job are all eitehr long dead or long retired), so it's just (my guess) a slightly upsized version of the new Cobra action with a ribbed barrel and a premium because it has "Python" written on it.

    I'd rather have a Ruger or a Smith (and leaning heavily towards the Ruger, if I'm honest).
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    Re: Return of the Python
    « Reply #3 on: January 03, 2020, 09:30:55 pm »
    I'm glad to see it back in the line-up.  In some ways it will probably be a little better than the old ones and in other ways it will fall short.  You cannot simply redesign the lockwork, slap it in a frame reminiscent of the original Python with all the visual cues and have the same gun.  That dog just won't hunt. 

    The originals were truly works of art by people operating at the pinnacle of the gun maker's craft.  I've fired them many times over the years and still never felt the need to own one.  For my money the Diamondback was the best of the "snake" series.  Mine was monotonously accurate and for a double action revolver was as natural a pointer as I ever picked up.  My Officer's Model Target in .38 Special was the single most accurate handgun I have ever owned.  I also coveted a friend's Trooper Mk III but alas, never acquired one.  I would choose any of those revolvers over a Python, old or new. 

    As has been pointed out, there was considerable hype involved with the Python from day one and after handling and shooting a couple I just wasn't buying it - at least not for that kind of money.  S&W triggers were generally superior in double action shooting and although the clock-wise cylinder rotation and barrel rifling peculiar to the Colt were nice features, I could detect no actual benefit from examining my targets after shooting. 

    I honestly think that a properly set-up and adjusted Ruger GP 100 that is well broken in - particularly some of the older models - is as good a general duty, rough service double action revolver as has been made to date.  If you want a pure target revolver or a range toy or just something to drool over when you take it out of the safe from time to time then by all means, buy a Colt or a Smith & Wesson or even a Korth.
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    Re: Return of the Python
    « Reply #4 on: January 03, 2020, 10:52:17 pm »
    I've had the 'privilege' of (sorta) dryfiring a couple of examples.  I say (sorta), because I pinched my finger and thumb together in front of the hammer to keep the hammer from slamming down on the frame without any intention of going bang.  I was just testing the trigger.

    And, both of them stacked.  Badly.  No thanks.  I'll stick to an older S&W K-Frame.
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    Re: Return of the Python
    « Reply #5 on: January 04, 2020, 04:55:11 pm »
    Ken Hackathorn says he'd take one over one of the old ones, hands down.
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    Re: Return of the Python
    « Reply #6 on: January 05, 2020, 01:02:41 am »
    Yeah, but he likes Browning High Powers too so his judgement may be a little suspect .   .    .     :cool
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    Re: Return of the Python
    « Reply #7 on: January 06, 2020, 10:03:18 am »
    The are running well over MSRP on Gunbroker right now.  Talk about hype.

    I will pass and echo the thoughts about the Ruger GP100.
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    Re: Return of the Python
    « Reply #8 on: January 06, 2020, 03:55:20 pm »
    Had a 6" back  in the early 80's.  Liked the way it shot, but had to change the grips.  The factory grips on the Python had to be the absolute worst design ever.  Skinny at the top then super fat at the bottom.
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    Re: Return of the Python
    « Reply #9 on: January 06, 2020, 09:47:01 pm »
    Yup.  Hard to justify a three finger grip on a gun that size but that was what I had to do on that one.  Another area where the latest version of the GP 100 is a superior design to the Python, IMO.  An entire industry supplying aftermarket grips and accessories was spawned by the dogged adherence of Colt and S&W to an outdated, ill fitting design for decades.   :coffee
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