Colt Python

The Umarex Colt Python Part 2

Putting the legendary DA/SA six-gun to the test

By Dennis Adler

The Umarex Colt Pythons are offered in two finishes, a deep flat blue black and nickel (chrome). The Python CO2 airguns rekindle a romance with the Colt double action/single action revolvers that were discontinued for the last time in 2006 with the Python Elite. Previous Python models were discontinued after 1996.

The Umarex Colt Pythons are offered in two finishes, a deep flat blue black and nickel (chrome). The Python CO2 airguns rekindle a romance with the Colt double action/single action revolvers that were discontinued for the last time in 2006 with the Python Elite. Previous Python models were discontinued after 1996. 

The moment you pick up the Colt Python airgun you have a sense of authenticity in their weight, balance, and very familiar operation. The guns even fit existing Colt Python holsters like the Galco thumb break belt holster shown. With a very modest suggested retail the Pythons are available in a deep matte blued black or nickel (actually chrome) finish with authentic wood grained or black checkered plastic grips.

The Python models come with six BB cartridges and speed loader. Pressing the rounds into the cylinder automatically releases them from the speed loader. Extra cartridges and speed loaders are available.

The Python models come with six BB cartridges and speed loader. Pressing the rounds into the cylinder automatically releases them from the speed loader. 

The BB-cartridge loading six-shooters weigh in at 39.4 ounces (empty) just 4.6 ounces less than a real Python with 6-inch barrel. The double action functions smoothly with a double action trigger pull averaging 10 lbs. 11 oz. and 6 lbs. 7 oz. single action. The wide notch rear sight is adjustable for elevation and windage with a serrated ramped front sight for easy target acquisition. It is a hand-filling revolver, just like the original .357 Magnum models.

The large rear sight is windage and elevation adjustable to make the .177 caliber pistol very accurate at air gun ranges up to 10 meters.

The large rear sight is windage and elevation adjustable to make the .177 caliber pistol very accurate at air gun ranges up to 10 meters.

At a glance the Umarex/Colt Python air pistols look incredibly authentic, and they are for the most part, but there are some noteworthy differences aside from what comes out the barrel. For one, there is an important and discretely placed serrated manual safety lever at the base of the hammer that allows the gun to be locked so the action will not function. This is a good design, especially on the blued gun where it is almost indistinguishable against the dark finish. There is a corresponding window on the right side of the frame that displays a white S or F to denote the pistol’s condition.

The Umarex Python models have a manual safety at the base of the hammer and a condition window on the right side of the frame that shows a white S or F.

Umarex models have a manual safety and a condition window on the right side of the frame that shows a white S or F.

The frame is just slightly higher to accommodate the air pistol action, the ramped front sight atop the vent rib does not have the red insert, and the rear lacks the white outline, minor details but a difference. The speed loaders are easy to use and make loading the six BB-charged rounds as close to the real thing as it gets.

The Python-sized grips provide a firm grasp on the 6-inch barrel length revolver.

The oversized Python grips provide a firm grasp.

For the range test I used Hornady Black Diamond black anodized BBs. The rounds are simply pressed into the hollow point bullet nose, and you can do this quickly by placing all six cartridges into the speed loader (just seat the cartridges and lock the release) then press the rounds into a tin holding a quantity of BBs. They find the hollow point openings and with a little downward pressure are loaded all at once and ready for the cylinder drop. Just make sure they are seated all the way in.

The author shows how well the new Umarex/Colt Python model fits a standard Galco 6-inch Python thumb break belt rig.

The author shows how well the new Umarex/Colt Python model fits a standard Galco 6-inch Python thumb break belt rig.

With the 6-inch barrel, excellent sights, an average velocity of 400 fps, and light, crisp, single action trigger pull, the target was moved out from the usual 21 feet used for semi-auto blowback action airguns to a more competitive 10 meters (33 feet). The test was done with the blued gun with two six round sets being discharged at a Birchwood Casey 3.75 inch circumference Big Burst orange target. The gun was consistent placing all 12 steel BBs inside the 10 and X rings with a best six measuring 1.5 inches.

The test was shot from a distance of 10 meters (33 feet) using a two-handed hold.

The test was shot from a distance of 10 meters (33 feet) using a Weaver stance and two-handed hold.

Overall, the Umarex Colt Pythons are a new beginning for the classic Colt wheelguns that have been missing from the Colt cartridge pistol line up, and despite being air pistols they have a certain panache that only a Colt can deliver, even if it is only pushing a .177 caliber BB downrange.

Using a Birchwood Casey 3.75 inch circumference Big Burst target set out at 10 meters (33 feet) the Umarex/Colt Python placed two consecutive cylinder loads inside the 10 and X with a best group measuring 1.5 inches.

Using a Birchwood Casey 3.75 inch circumference Big Burst target set out at 10 meters (33 feet) the Umarex/Colt Python placed two consecutive cylinder loads inside the 10 and X with a best group measuring 1.5 inches.

A word about safety

Double Action/ Single Action airguns provide the look, feel and operation of their cartridge-firing counterparts. Most airguns, in general, look like cartrrige guns, the Colt Python more so, and it is important to remember that the vast majority of people can’t tell an airgun from a cartridge gun. Never brandish an airgun in public. Always, and I can never stress this enough, always treat an airgun as you would a cartridge gun. The same manual of operation and safety should always apply.

 

2 thoughts on “Colt Python

  1. Nice to see an affordable Python again .I prefer the chrome version for two reasons . It has afinish that looks more like a high polish Colt finish , and the safety warnings are better hidden . The matte blue looks like a revolver I had suggested to Colt . I had suggested that they offer a Mark 3 Troopet with a Python barrel and market it as the Police Python Mark 3. Would be nice to see both Colt and Smith and Wesson classic revolvers resurrected in airguns.


  2. hi Dennis, pretty darn accurate bb pistol at ten meters. Did you shoot it enough to get a shot count of what is available from a c02 cartridge ? Revolvers seem to get more shots then the semi-automatics per c02 bottle. Anyway, it would be a nice collectable.
    Best wishes
    Harvey


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