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Python Trifecta

Python Trifecta

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This feature appears in the June ’16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association. 

Recent arms industry fervor has centered on Colt’s line of “snake guns,” and the Colt Python .357 is one of the more eagerly sought-after revolver models.  

In the NRA National Firearms Museum galleries now there is an incredible trio of single-digit Pythons for visitors to behold. Serial numbers 2, 3 and 5 are currently part of the “Artistry in Arms” case. Number 2 was received in the original factory box from benefactor John Ying; number 3 was donated by Mark Caldwell; and Python number 5 is presently on loan from Caldwell. Each of these 6-inch barreled, blued-finish revolvers is in nearly new condition and they represent excellent examples of the earliest production run for the Colt Python. 

The NRA National Firearms Museum at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va.; the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo.; and the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, N.M.; each have fine selections of historic arms on display. Admission to each is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit nramuseum.com, phone (703) 267-1600 or email nfmstaff@nrahq.org.