Colt Python Hunter W/ Original Scope .357 Mag 8” Barrel DA Revolver

SOLD FOR: $2,937

WOA#: WY240309GC016

Make: Colt

Model: Python Hunter

Serial Number: LA8186

Date of Manufacture: Circa, 1980s

Caliber: .357 Magnum

Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver With Swing-Out Cylinder

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “PYTHON HUNTER / * .357 MAGNUM CTG. *”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” The flat under the crane and the crane are marked “LA8186”. The left side of the frame is marked with a “Rampant Colt” logo. The left side of the grip frame at the top of the trigger guard is marked at the front with “VP” in a triangle and at the back with “EE”.

Barrel Length: The vent rib barrel with full underlug is 8” in length.

Sights / Optics: The rear sight is a white outline square notch adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap of the frame. The front sight is a red insert ramp pinned to the top of the rib. There is a scope mounted to the top of the barrel rib marked “M8-2X EXTENDED E.R.” at the objective and with patent dates and “MADE IN U.S.A.” at the eyepiece. The scope has a bronze medallion on the left side of the turret housing marked “COLT / LEUPOLD” and with the Rampant Colt logo. The scope has some light handling marks. There are a couple marks through the finish, the most notable is on the top of the objective lens housing with lighter marks on the top of the top adjustment cap. The scope has a duplex reticle. The glass is clear. Overall, the scope rates in about Fine condition.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are black checkered rubber with gold colored Colt medallions on each side. They are marked “PRESENTATION GRIP / BY PACHMAYR” on the bottom. The grips have no handling wear. There are no rips or tears. The checkering is well defined. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates a 10/10.

Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 99% of its finish. The cylinder has light turn wear and there is speckling from sitting in the case. The barrel also has some light speckles. The sides of the hammer and trigger show minor operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The lock-up on this revolver is SOLID, with no play. The trigger is smooth in double action, and crisp and light in single action. The action functions correctly. We have not fired this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The installed scope is included as described, there is a cleaning kit, a cleaning rod and guide, ammo case, and paperwork, all within a foam lined hard case.

Our Assessment: The Colt Python Hunter is a legendary revolver renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship, accuracy, and performance. Chambered in .357 Magnum, it is part of the iconic Python series produced by Colt, which is widely regarded as one of the finest double-action revolvers ever made.

Introduced in the 1980s, the Python Hunter variant was specifically designed for handgun hunting, hence the “Hunter” designation. It features a longer barrel than standard Python models, typically measuring around 8 inches, which helps maximize bullet velocity and accuracy for hunting applications.

One of the defining features of the Python Hunter is its robust construction and attention to detail. It is built on a solid stainless steel frame, providing durability and stability while reducing recoil. The revolver’s sleek lines and polished finish exemplify Colt’s commitment to quality craftsmanship.

The Python Hunter incorporates a ventilated rib on top of the barrel, which helps dissipate heat and reduces glare, enhancing sighting capabilities. It also comes equipped with adjustable sights, allowing shooters to fine-tune their aim for different distances and loads.

The revolver utilizes a smooth and precise double-action trigger mechanism, providing shooters with excellent control and accuracy. Additionally, it can be fired in single-action mode for increased precision when aiming at distant targets.

Overall, the Colt Python Hunter in .357 Magnum is a highly sought-after firearm prized by collectors and enthusiasts alike for its superb build quality, accuracy, and reliability. Whether used for hunting, target shooting, or as a prized addition to a collection, it remains a symbol of Colt’s legacy of excellence in revolver design. -R.E.

Colt Python Hunter W/ Original Scope .357 Mag 8” Barrel DA Revolver
Colt Python Hunter W/ Original Scope .357 Mag 8” Barrel DA Revolver