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Need To Know What I'm Looking For In a Revolver
I'm currently in the market for a used Colt Python .357 with a 6" or 4" barrel. I've found quite a few for sale on many sites. I've owned 1 other Colt revolver(a 1970 Colt Trooper MKIII .357)but the gun was given to me by a close family member, I had only used it a few at my local rod & gun club, & I had to sell it 10yrs ago due to financial problems. Basically saying: the gun was given to me in pristine condition, but I didn't get to keep it long. I now have money to purchase another firearm & I've fallen in love with the Python after using one some 5yrs ago at an outdoor range.
After some research, I found Colt discontinued the Python in '96, so the newest ones I'll find will be around 17yrs old. The majority of the ones I've found are from the late 70s to mid 80s and they're the finish I like(blue steel with wood grain grips, just like the Trooper!). However, I've never purchased a used firearm before & I need some advice. Here are my questions:
1.) What do I need to look for in it's overall physical condition?
2.) How can I tell if the barrel's in good shape? For that matter, how can I identify bluing on a blue steel finish?
3.) How can I tell if it's timed properly without finding out the "hard way"?
4.) Should I worry if the adjustable sights are too far off?
5.) Pythons have swing out cylinders. What do I need to look for here besides hesitant crane action?
6.) Is there anything else I'm missing?
Thanks to all in advance. I'd appreciate it if anyone who reads this thread doesn't turn it into a "shooting gallery" so-to-speak with the lack of knowledge I have in used gun purchases.
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