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First Look: New Barrel Lengths For The Colt Python by SHOOTING ILLUSTRATED STAFF

Now available in 2.5 and 5 inch versions.

For the spring of 2024, Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC is expanding its modern Colt Python revolver product line by adding models with either a 5- or a 2.5-inch barrel. These latest barrel-length options make up part of the current “new” stainless steel framed Python family that was originally launched back in 2020.

The lineup also includes other barrel length options consisting of 3-, 4-inch, 6- and 8-inch models. The new 2.5-inch and 5-inch lengths now cover the entire revolver barrel length spectrum for all use cases and application of the .357 Mag. (or .38 Spl.) centerfire revolver cartridge.

The Colt Python is a standard/full-size .357 Mag. revolver and one of Colt’s most iconic double-action wheelguns. Original Colt Pythons are revered classics and highly collectible. Colt revived the Python product line in 2020 when Colt decided to start manufacturing and selling them again.

The new 2.5 inch and 5-inch models are only available in stainless steel, with the distinctive vented ribs which sit directly on top of the barrel. Like the older Pythons, the new crop of revolvers still makes use of adjustable combat sights and includes wooden walnut grips.

Colt 2.5-inch and 5-inch Python Revolver Features

  • Caliber: .357 Mag./.38 Spl. +P
  • Frame Material and Construction: Forged stainless steel
  • Barrel Description: 1:14-inch left-handed twist
  • Rear Sight: Adjustable target
  • Action: Double action/single action
  • Finish: Semi-bright
  • Grips: Walnut target stocks
  • Capacity: 6 rounds
  • MSRP: $1,499

Both the 2.5 inch and 5 inch versions have an overall height of 5.5 inches and width of 1.55 inches. The 2.5-inch model has a length of 8 inches and weighs 39 ounces. The 5-inch model is 10.5 inches long and weighs 43.3 ounces. Visit to learn more about these new revolvers or other products from Colt’s Manufacturing Company.

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