February 24, 2020 update:
Colt recently put out an update on the Colt Python, addressing issues on their YouTube channel. They’ve attributed the light strikes to imported ammunition, and only recommend good, quality brass cased ammo. They plan to modify the main spring to lessen the potential for light strikes.
Colt says this will change the trigger pull, but will remain in spec.
Another issue people are having is the cylinder not rotating. If you’re having issues with this, the side plate screws were loose causing the mechanism not to turn. They also have a fix for this and request that you send the gun back to them if you’re experiencing an issue here.
You can watch the video in its entirety, here:
These are gorgeous guns that are fun to shoot and we’re happy that information is getting out there and the Colt is addressing any issues people may be having with their Pythons.
There is a lot of internet buzz going on right now about the 2020 Colt Python having major functionality issues that need to be addressed by the manufacturer. Some of the rumors are of Colt issuing a quiet recall on hundreds of the long awaited gun.
Are these internet rumors true? Is there some validity to these statements of mass issues and a recall of thousands of guns, or is there something else going on here?
While we were out at SHOT Show 2020 we thought we’d dig a little deeper to get to the bottom of what was going on. In a few moments you’ll get to see a video of one of our staff interviewing one of the VPs over at Colt addressing this very issue.
Are there problems with the 2020 Colt Python?
According to internet forums and YouTube personalities like Hikock 45, the new Colt Python has issues causing malfunctions. The main issues that are being reported on are cylinder lockup and light primer strikes. There are reports that hundreds of guns have been affected by these issues causing a quiet recall to take place on these 2020 Colt Pythons.
While we cannot speak directly about these issues because we hadn’t experienced them first hand when we shot the gun at SHOT Show’s Range Day, we can say that we got one of the VPs over at Colt to go on camera and explain what’s going on with these guns and how they’re planning to move forward.
Here is the video in question:
So, according to the VP, who should know more about these issues than the average gun owner reading stuff on the internet, they are investigating some of these guns. He says that with over 2,000 guns currently out in the market 5 have had issues with 2 of them being cosmetic in nature.
There are a lot of accusations being thrown around, but I personally don’t think Colt is in a position to not do everything in their power to put out quality guns from the factory and fix any issues that they may have.
They are in a very tight spot and have been for several years–which is why I suspect they’ve released this updated line of Snake Guns, to begin with. I think these are their saving grace, and they don’t want to screw it up.
So, are the new 2020 Colt Pythons having some issues? Yes, it seems like at least some of them may be to the point of Colt investigating a small number of these issues. However, after talking to a gunsmith (who was not a Colt rep) at length on this topic, the cylinder lockup could also be an operator error caused by short stroking the trigger.
I’m fairly certain that Colt will do everything they can to rectify any issues or malfunctions caused by the guns themselves, and can say that they’re gorgeous. Here’s our footage from Range Day of Joe shooting one of the ones they had on hand:
Stay tuned as we’re in the process of getting one of these beauties to do a review on. Also, I’m sure you heard in the interview video that they’re announcing a shorter model Python at some point in the future, and we also heard the name “Anaconda” get mentioned.
These are exciting times for revolver enthusiasts. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel.