While Colt produced the original Python in several barrel lengths between 1955 and 1994, including 2.5-inch snubs and commanding 8-inch Python Hunter, Python Silhouette, and Python Stalker models, the big I-frame snake gun rarely came with a factory 3-inch barrel. This was reserved for a short run of "California Combat" guns and a batch of 500 "Combat Pythons" made in 1988 for Lew Horton complete with a special "K" prefix serial number.
The rebooted Pythons, introduced in 2020, including both a 4.25- and 6-inch model, with nothing shorter. With all that being said, the new 3-incher could prove both a hit with collectors as well as providing a more "carry friendly" Python for a new generation of wheel gun aficionados.
Features mentioned on the new 3-inch Colt's Manufacturing Python, a double-action, steel-frame revolver in .357 Magnum with a 3-inch barrel, include stainless-steel construction with a bright silver finish, walnut target grips, and adjustable rear sights.
You can expect MSRP to be about $1,499.
With SHOT Show right around the corner, and Colt is typically known for releasing new guns in Vegas, odds are there may be a crowd at the company's booth come Jan. 18, and Guns.com will be there.