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Several times he was arrested for vagrancy. There he became a regular at the poker tables of the No. On this day in , Hickok was playing cards with his back to the saloon door.

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This model is not listed in any of Colt's lists of factory models, so it's possible it was made for some other company who finished them. Apparently Colt supplied them with 8 inch. Unlike a factory Python, the front sights were not pinned in the barrel ramp. Colt also produced a number of factory commemorative models of the Python. Most of these Commemorative or Special Edition guns had special serial numbers.

The set was highly engraved and came in a walnut display case. Python Silver Snake Special Edition. A six inch, stainless steel Python with a black chrome plated finish, Pachmayr rubber grips with Custom Shop pewter medallions, etched engraving, and a custom gun pouch. Colt Double Diamond Set. Snake Eyes Limited Edition. Ivory "Service" type grips scrimshawed with "snake eyes" dice on the left side and a royal flush poker hand on the right side.

The set included poker chips and playing cards. These were factory engraved models, usually cased. Since these were often offered for sale by the organization ordering them, these are considered to be "public" editions.

This was a six inch blued model, gold inlaid with "D" factory level engraving, Rosewood grips, in a walnut case. Paul Police Department Python. Minneapolis Police Department Python. Florida Highway Patrol Python.

Florida Marine Patrol Python. Florida Game and Fish Python. Sheriff Buford Pusser Python. Colorado State Patrol Python. Since factory records are not available beyond , it's possible there are other special editions not listed here. There are any number of non-Colt commemorative Pythons issued by other companies. Colt will sell standard production firearms to outside companies and large firearms distributors who then have the guns embellished by custom gunsmithing companies.

Among the companies known to issue these non-Colt commemoratives are "America Remembers", and big gun distributors like Lew Horton and Talo Distributors. Since these guns are not usually engraved or decorated by Colt, these guns are not considered to be Colt factory commemoratives, and an archive letter may show them as standard production guns. Since these are not Colt commemoratives, it can be difficult to find out any details on who actually sold them.

These were originally eight inch barreled Pythons shipped to a West coast distributor who had the barrels cut off to three inches and a non-pinned front sight installed. The barrel was marked with non factory style lettering. Another type of Colt factory commemorative that's not listed in normal factory lists are Private Edition models.

Colt has always offered custom firearms from the factory for individual buyers, but they also offer custom editions if the buyer is willing to purchase at least 25 guns. These private editions are not listed on normal lists of Colt commemoratives due to the fact that they were sold to private individuals or organizations, and they were considered to be a private matter.

Among the private editions were guns bought by wealthy individuals wanting to present friends with a special gift, businesses wanting special awards for employees, fraternal organizations, and police organizations wanting a pistol to commemorate a department anniversary.

Since these private edition guns were a private matter, how many were made and who bought them is unknown to the public. Due to the lack of knowledge, it can be difficult to determine if an engraved and decorated Python is a non-Colt commemorative, or a private edition model.

Usually, a private edition will show as a factory gun in an Archive letter and will list the custom features. The grips, or stocks used on the Python changed more than anything else over the years. It's near impossible to say with certainty exactly when Colt stopped using one type and started using another. The dates shown here that Colt changed from one style of Python grip to another are estimates only. Colt catalogs might show an older style that had been replaced a year before, and Colt may have used older styles until the supply was exhausted even though the type had "officially" changed.

It's becoming more and more common to see Pythons on which the wrong type of grips are mounted. With the price of genuine Colt grips skyrocketing, it's very common for owners to switch grips and use them on another Colt or sell them at great profit. Trying to determine exactly what type of grips a Python left the factory with is often impossible to say for sure, especially around the times when Colt was in the process of changing the style. Colt almost always used American walnut grips on their firearms.

These grips were cut from planks, not blocks, so the grain will not match and there may be slight color variations between the two halves. Colt used blued steel grip screws and a single steel grip screw bushing on the right hand grip. On nickel guns the bushing and screw may be nickel plated.

Up until , all Colt's had Silver medallions in the walnut grips. Since the Python was to be a special gun, it was decided to give it Gold Colt medallions to separate it from "ordinary" Colt's. From to around the later 's the Python was fitted with Gold medallions and all other Colt's with Silver. With Colt it's impossible to say "never", and it's possible a few Pythons mistakenly left the factory with Silver medallions, but the Python-only Gold medallions was a standard Colt usually followed closely.

Starting sometime in the later 's Gold medallions started appearing on other Colt pistols, and by the mid's all Colt's had Gold Medallions.

Then in the mid's Silver started being occasionally seen on some Pythons, usually stainless steel models with rubber grips. Over the years, Colt offered any number of custom grips, usually on special order through the Custom Shop. These could be special ordered on a Python or could be bought for owner installation on a Python.

Custom Shop grips were almost always made of better quality woods, including Rosewood. They often had Custom Shop medallions, but also were sold with standard Gold medallions. Custom Shop grips were invariably very close copies of whatever style of grip Colt was using at the time, usually Second or Third Types.

The grips were available in versions with or without checkering, but always in fancier woods and very close to factory shape. It was not unusual for owners to sand the checkering off standard production grips. Altered grips can usually be identified by the plain, standard grain of the walnut. Used from to about Fully checkered, with a dull, non-gloss oil finish. Note the "thumb rest", actually a loading clearance cut, only on the left side, and the semi-circular checkering border under the medallions.

The checkering pattern is on a raised area that stands up above the surrounding wood. All grips from this point on were finished with a semi-gloss combined stain and finish. These are often thought to be the most attractive of the Colt Target grips. Note the "thumb rest" is now on both sides, and the checkering border is in a slanted straight line under the medallions.

In the late 's the color of the American Walnut began to get lighter and lighter with less figure in the grain. The color began to change to an odd orange-like color then to an almost blond color. Also in the late 's the use of a tan colored patching material was used to repair small surface defects in the wood and to correct poor fit inside. While these may be seen on longer barreled models, the Service type would have normally been used on a longer barreled Python only as a special order.

In most cases, Service grips on longer barreled models are the result of an owner switching them for the Target grips. Used from the late 's to the end of production in , usually on the Python Elite.

These grips are made of laminated wood and came in several colors and with Gold or Silver medallions. These were made under the "Excalibur" name by a contractor for Colt and were most commonly used on the Python Elite. These were not checkered.

Used on many stainless Pythons and sold by Colt as an aftermarket accessory from the late 's. In the 's, some blued Pythons may have shipped with rubber grips. There were two versions of these, the first was slightly larger, the second smaller and with slightly rounded off edges on the bottom. Pictured is a pair of the second, slightly smaller type. These were standard on mid's 6 and 8 inch models. Colt used the Gripper rubber grip on some stainless Pythons and also sold it as an aftermarket item.

These were standard on mid's 4 inch stainless models. Used for a short time in the mid's on the four inch Python. These Hogue grips had a Colt logo molded into the right side, and were only used for a short time. With the prices of genuine Python grips soaring, fakes and "replicas" have begun to flood the market. It's common to see Pythons with these fake grips, often described as "Colt factory" or deliberately leaving the impression they're factory grips.

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