Python, Anaconda, S&W and Ruger: oh my!
I had an experience earlier this year that I've been mulling over to understand, but still can't figure out.
After doing a LOT of searches, I've come to realize I still don't get it.
The 'it' in question is the love for the Colt DiamondBack/Python/Anaconda revolvers.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to shoot a full cylinder from 4 revolvers back to back: Python, S&W Model 686, Ruger SRH and Anaconda.
I understand my experience was with a representation of 1 for each pistol.
I found all 4 to be more accurate than I was.
I found all 4 to 'feel' good in my hand and point well.
I found the S&W to have the smoothest trigger [it had seen a gunsmith 6 months earlier], but not by a huge amount.
After all was said and done, I enjoyed shooting all 4 pistols.
In the interest of full disclosure, I shoot semi-autos much more often than revolvers. This means I may not 'feel' nuances that more frequent wheel-men will notice.
However, when all was said and done, I couldn't feel any significant improvement in the trigger mechanism of the Colt revolvers compared to the other two.
Am I just so inexperienced with revolvers that I didn't notice it in 6 rounds?
Or, have S&W and Ruger improved their handguns so much in the past 20 years that there isn't a landmark difference between them any more?
I was left wondering what all the hype was about: other than the look and the reputation. I mean, from what I've read the Colt revolvers are more likely to go out of time than revolvers from Ruger, S&W or Taurus. And the Ruger is reputed to be able to handle the most frequent use of max load rounds.
I found the finish on the Python and Anaconda to be beautiful. I don't know if I've ever seen a bluing job as pretty on a revolver. But, if it costs 3 times as much as my Ruger, if the Python is more 'delicate' of an action with full house loads, and if it is hard to find Colt revolver gunsmiths, I don't see why I should buy a Python.
I like the history, but I'm a user: not a collector. I acquire firearms I wish to shoot as often as I can afford to. My mindset isn't geared to 'safe queens' that I'll never fire.
So, what am I missing? I've been trying to figure this out for at least 4 months.
Any thoughts to help me make sense of my experience?
I feel like the uneducated kid on the first day of college: everyone raves about the Colt revolver and I'm not noticing a difference in how it performs in my hand over Ruger or S&W.
This makes me feel like something is wrong with me.
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