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Old 02-04-2006, 08:03 AM   #1
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Python Serial #s Up to 1985 - Look Them Up Here

Here is a list of Python production years and either the first serial number for that year or the range of serial numbers for that year. For example, serial # 1649 was produced in 1956.

Other Colt firearms up to 1978 can be found here:

Year Serial Number
1955 1
1956 300
1957 1650
1958 5550
1959 7050
1960 9100
1961 13100
1962 18800
1963 24800
1964 30800
1965 41400
1966 50500
1967 61000
1968 73800
1969 90000-99999 90000, Start "E" series-- E1001
1970 E6301
1971 E21201
1972 E38001
1973 E53501
1974 E61001
1975 E83701-E99999, 01001E to 15000E
1976 15001E-48300E
1977 48301E-86200E
1978 86201E-99999E, 01001N to ????, V01001
1979 V36737
1980 V88374 to V99999, AL0101 to AL9999, LA0101 to LA9999, VA1001 to VA9256. K01000 to ????
1981 K16266
1982 K75748
1983 K99999. T01001 to ????
1984 T27541
1985 T34453

For anything after 1985 you need to call Colt. They will only tell you the year of production over the phone. For any other information you need to write to the Colt historian.

Other Colt firearms up to 1978 can be found here:

Many thanks to dfariswheel for providing this information!
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:06 PM   #2
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Python Serial numbers

Can someone please tell me where teh serial number is located on teh Python. I have been unable to find it.

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Old 03-09-2007, 05:04 PM   #3
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The serial number is stamped in three places on modern Colt's, including the Python:

On the frame just below the barrel. You have to swing out the cylinder to see it.

On the cylinder crane. This is the part that holds the cylinder on the frame. The number is stamped exactly opposite the frame number.
Swing out the cylinder and you can see both the frame and crane stamps.

Inside the side plate. You have to remove the side plate (DON'T REMOVE THE SIDE PLATE. It's too easy to damage it).

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