Colt Python (2020) PYTHON-SP6WTS 357 Magnum Review

The 2020 Python shares aesthetics with the original Python, with a few minor cosmetic differences. We really liked the trigger and found the revolver to be quite accurate.

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GUN TESTS GRADE: A

$1800

The new 6-inch Python has all the same attributes as the 4.25-inch model. No need to repeat except to say the trigger was also superb. The DA pull was 9.7 pounds, and the SA pull measured 5.8 pounds. The extra heft of the 6-incher makes it more forgiving with less felt recoil. The 4.25-inch barrel model weighs 42.9 ounces loaded while the 6-inch model weighs 46.9 ounces. The bright stainless finish on the new Pythons is brilliant and easy to clean. The top side of the barrel has a matte-stainless finish. We felt we did not need aftermarket grips for this model when shooting 357 Magnum ammo. It was a pussycat when shooting 38 Special ammo.

Action TypeRevolver
TriggerDouble action/Single action
Overall Length11.5 in.
Barrel Length6.0 in.
Sight Radius7.8 in.
Overall Height5.5 in.
Maximum Width1.4 in.
Weight Unloaded46 oz.
Weight Loaded46.9 oz.
Cylinder Gap0.003 in.
Capacity6
Frame FinishBright stainless
Barrel/Cylinder FinishBright stainless
Frame Front Strap Height2.3 in.
Frame Back Strap Height3.8 in.
GripLaminated wood, checkered
Grip Thickness (max)1.3 in.
Grip Circumference (max)5.5 in.
Front SightRed ramp, removable
Rear SightAdjustable, notch
Trigger Pull Weight (DA)9.7 lbs.
Trigger Pull Weight (SA)5.8 lbs.
Trigger Span (DA)3.3 in.
Trigger Span (SA)3.0 in.
SafetyTransfer bar
WarrantyNone written
Telephone(800) 962-2658
WebsiteColt.com
Made InUSA

With the 0.003-inch-wide cylinder forcing cone gap, this was a very tight revolver. It had more velocity than the ’80 Python. We’d say accuracy was even between them, though the new Python shot the smallest group of the two with the Blazer 38 Special +P ammo that measured 0.6 inches. We had no issues with this revolver or the 4.25-inch model, save empties did not fully eject, so a gravity assist is required. With both new Pythons, the thinner wood grip allowed use of the speedloaders. It was also compatible with Hogue and Pachmayr aftermarket grips.

The new 6-inch Python would make a nice hunting revolver, especially in the Galco and Uncle Mike’s shoulder-holster rigs. We liked the way these holsters carried. We liked the Galco more for the easier unholstering. The Galco is slit along the top half of the holster, so the revolver rotates out of the leather. With the Uncle Mike’s, you need to pull the revolver up and out the holster, so the holster cannot be positioned too close to your arm pit. The Galco also allows better concealability. You have to have a long torso to adequately conceal these 6-inch guns. We feel the 6-inch variants are more designed for target shooting and hunting.

Our Team Said: We liked DA trigger, though we thought the SA trigger pull could be better. The laminated wood grip allowed use of speedloaders and felt better during recoil on the heavier gun than the 4.25-inch variant. The cost of this revolver is much less when compared to an original, and in our opinion, the 2020 handgun is worth the money at either length.

Range Data

To collect accuracy data, we fired five-shot groups from a bench using a rest. Distance: 25 yards with open sights. We recorded velocities using a ProChrono digital chronograph set 10 feet from the muzzle.
Armscor 357 Magnum 158-grain FMJColt Python (2020) 4.25-in. BarrelColt Python (1964) 4.0-in. BarrelColt Python (2020) 6.0-in. BarrelColt Python (1980) 6.0-in. Barrel
Average Velocity1042 fps1035 fps1151 fps1038 fps
Muzzle Energy381 ft.-lbs.376 ft.-lbs.465 ft.-lbs.378 ft.-lbs.
Smallest Group1.12 in.1.55 in.1.21 in.0.60 in.
Average Group1.36 in.1.78 in.1.36 in.1.07 in.
Hornady Critical Defense 357 Mag. 125-grain FTXColt Python (2020) 4.25-in. BarrelColt Python (1964) 4.0-in. BarrelColt Python (2020) 6.0-in. BarrelColt Python (1980) 6.0-in. Barrel
Average Velocity1367 fps1351 fps1459 fps1378 fps
Muzzle Energy519 ft.-lbs.507 ft.-lbs.591 ft.-lbs.527 ft.-lbs.
Smallest Group1.00 in.1.31 in.1.92 in.1.33 in.
Average Group1.03 in.1.77 in.2.02 in.1.42 in.
Winchester Defend 357 Magnum 110-grain JHPColt Python (2020) 4.25-in. BarrelColt Python (1964) 4.0-in. BarrelColt Python (2020) 6.0-in. BarrelColt Python (1980) 6.0-in. Barrel
Average Velocity1270 fps1266 fps1270 fps1258 fps
Muzzle Energy394 ft.-lbs.392 ft.-lbs.394 ft.-lbs.387 ft.-lbs.
Smallest Group0.50 in.2.19 in.1.32 in.1.02 in.
Average Group0.76 in.2.23 in.1.52 in.1.41 in.
Blazer 38 Special +P 125-grain JHPColt Python (2020) 4.25-in. BarrelColt Python (1964) 4.0-in. BarrelColt Python (2020) 6.0-in. BarrelColt Python (1980) 6.0-in. Barrel
Average Velocity1010 fps1000 fps1103 fps994 fps
Muzzle Energy284 ft.-lbs.278 ft.-lbs.338 ft.-lbs.274 ft.-lbs.
Smallest Group1.56 in.1.15 in.0.64 in.0.51 in.
Average Group1.69 in.1.27 in.0.97 in.1.06 in.
Hornady Critical Defense 38 Sp. 110-grain FTXColt Python (2020) 4.25-in. BarrelColt Python (1964) 4.0-in. BarrelColt Python (2020) 6.0-in. BarrelColt Python (1980) 6.0-in. Barrel
Average Velocity1000 fps990 fps1011 fps992 fps
Muzzle Energy244 ft.-lbs.239 ft.-lbs.250 ft.-lbs.199 ft.-lbs.
Smallest Group1.08 in.1.07 in.1.82 in.1.78 in.
Average Group1.24 in.1.26 in.2.08 in.2.15 in.

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