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Old February 25, 2005, 09:08 PM   #1
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python ctg

My neighbor reciently gave me a 4" colt python. He told me that it had a factory triger job done to it. I'm curious about the value of the gun, if its ben fired it's hard to tell. What does the ctg stand for? The sereal numbers are K27893, are they also date codes, how can I find out how old the gun is? The gun is imaculate, blued and unschrached in any way. Thanks for any info ya'll have on this gun.
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Old February 25, 2005, 11:06 PM   #2
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If your Colt Python has been fired very little, it's worth at least $500 and could be worth twice that, depending on various factors. Without seeing the gun it's difficult to tell.

Others could tell you how old the gun is from the serial number. Though I didn't think Colt used a "K" prefix on the Pythons.

The "ctg" is probably marked on the barrel as "357 Magnum Ctg." or something similar. CTG is an abbreviation for "cartridge". The Python will shoot either .357 Magnum cartridges or .38 Special cartridges interchangably.

If you have the original Colt box, owners manual, cleaning kit and other papers with the box, your gun will be worth more. After handling, put a few drops of oil on a soft cloth and wipe down the surfaces of your Python to remove the fingerprints and skin oils which could help start corrosion.
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Old February 26, 2005, 02:14 PM   #3
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It will bring whatever the market will bear.

I just bought a Python with 4 inch barrel in 98% condition for $575 here in the Socialist Republik of Kalifornia. Yours is 100%, it sounds. Here on the left coast where such guns have been outlawed you can only buy from a private citizen. In that case I would expect yours to sell for about $800. Minimum.

Elsewhere, probably in the $600 to $700 range, maybe.

BTW, the trigger job usually does not add to the value on the market unless is done by a reknown gunsmith with proper documentation.

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Old February 26, 2005, 02:53 PM   #4
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around my parts (california) you will not see a python for less than $750-800
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