Some Things Change, Some Don’t
In a microcosm of modern industry, the 2020 Python is a song of MIM and CNC machining while the original Python was a symphony of American craftsmanship, hand-built and polished by Colt’s most skilled experts. Retaining the “bank vault lockup” of cylinder and barrel as the hammer fell and the more propitious rifling twist, the New Python in early testing has shown itself the equal of the old Python in accuracy. The company promises its more rugged frame and modernized “guts” will make Python 2020 more durable than Python 1955.
The current domination of the autoloading duty pistol is such the service revolver won’t be making a comeback in today’s uniform holsters. Really, it’s more of an allegory. Today’s analog to a Python “back in the day” would be something like a 1911, perhaps an STI Staccato, or a polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol with its weapon mounted light augmented by a carry optic, flared magazine well and textured grip. Something that says to the knowledgeable onlooker, “That cop knows guns, and is probably fast and accurate with them.” Then and now we’ve had reports of criminals debriefed in custody who said there were times they would have shot a cop, but the way the officer carried the gun — and himself — made them reluctant to start a fight.
Even for today’s peace officer not allowed by their agency to carry a revolver as primary duty sidearm, the resurrected Colt Python is something of a symbol of all of that.
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