Back when GM was busy motoring into bankruptcy, car enthusiasts pestered the General to import their Australian division’s brawny V8 sedans. That they did. Awesome car, the Pontiac GT. A bit small and thirsty, mind you. With styling that said nothing so much as nothing. On top of all that, the Pontiac badge didn’t mean squat by then. Enthusiasts welcomed the car — but didn’t buy it in droves. I mention all this because gun enthusiasts continue to clamor for a new Colt Python revolver.
The thing of it is, a Colt Python restart would cost a LOT of money. Machining and manpower. You can’t just stamp out a revolver. And even if you could forgo dozens of man hours of careful craftsmanship per piece, the superb finish on those old Pythons wasn’t cheap then, and wouldn’t be cheap now.
Of course Colt could do it, but who would buy it? A Nighthawk Korth revolver retails for $3499. A Smith & Wesson Performance Center 686 will run you a grand or so. A Colt Python would probably have to fit somewhere between those two price points; I suspect the number of snakes they could sell above the $1k mark wouldn’t fill up even that much warehouse space.
The question is: what will? My money’s on a striker-fired handgun. What new product do you think the resurrected Colt brand will unveil at the January SHOT Show?