I enjoy reading the posts on the Python. there is allot of history and good information. I learned quite a bit. I have a half a dozen Colts and like them very much. Their demise was cost, $ plain and simple.
The number of people who keep dragging S&W into the Colt conversation doesn't pertain to the question. Ok indirectly, but I sense a "chip" on their shoulders. Those conversations distracts from the theme of this post and I think they are out of place.
I do own more S&W and prefer them but if I want to talk about it, I will start my own thread, which is what others should do, stop mixing apples and oranges. :-)