Colt Anaconda in .44 Remington Magnum
2021 Colt Anaconda (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

The 2021 version of the Colt Anaconda is the big-sister re-release of last year’s new Python. The Anaconda is just as smooth, just as pretty, but considerably more powerful.  Shiny and thicc.

Colt, you have my full attention.

Colt Anaconda in .44 Remington Magnum
Image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com.

The new Anaconda is simply a larger version of the previously re-released Python. The only big change is that it’s bigger and chambered for .44 Remington Magnum. That’s what customers were looking for and that’s what Colt was counting on when they created the new snake gun series.

I really liked the new Python. So did the market as a whole. Demand for the Python is far outpacing production capacity, and the resale of both the 4″ and 6″ versions are selling for 40%-50% over MSRP on the retail market.

I suspect — especially in this current hot gun buying market — the same will happen for the Anaconda. Because of the demand that will certainly exist for any of these new Colt snake guns, I doubt we’ll be seeing very many Anacondas in the rental cabinet at commercial ranges. That’s a shame. As visually impressive as the Anaconda is, it’s in the shooting where she really shines.

That has not always been the case.

This 21st century Anaconda looks more like its 20th Century forebear than any of the previous modern snake guns.

The original, released in 1990, was only offered in stainless steel, just like the modern version. The factory offering was a brushed stainless finish, but Colt’s mesmerizing  “Ultimate Stainless” mirror polish could be ordered from the Colt Custom Shop.

That first Anaconda had a textured rubberized grip, a pinned front sight and an adjustable rear, just like what we see today. It was only offered with a 6″ barrel and chambered in .44 Remington Magnum. Eventually, the original would also be offered with a 4″ or 8″ barrel. There’s no 4″ option currently listed by Colt for the modern Anaconda, only the 6″ and 8″ barreled versions.

As soon as the original was released, there were requests for a .45 Colt version of the Anaconda, which Colt obliged in 1993. These .45 Colt revolvers are far more rare, as their price on the collector’s market reflects. No such chambering is offered today, but we can hope.

The original Anaconda never got the same love as the Python, and for good reason. It was very much a mass-produced gun and never offered in the “Royal Blue” finish of the much loved Pythons. It featured a very different transfer bar and trigger mechanism than the Python, and lots of shooters blamed this feature for the gritty trigger.  (The real culprit was the return spring.)

The first Anaconda was also decades late to the .44 Magnum craze, and more expensive than the competition. To make matters worse, the guns were famous for sub-par accuracy. A change in barrels eventually fixed that particular problem, but the damage was already done.

The old Anaconda looked great, but performance was mediocre in a market with established magnum wheel guns people knew they could count on. To this day there are die-hard Colt fans who’d just as soon rather not have an old Anaconda.

Still, the Anacondas had the “rampant pony” on the side of them, so they sold well enough, even though they never represented the quality Colt was capable of.

The 2021 Anaconda is a different story altogether. This new version is every bit as high quality as the new Pythons, and without the early manufacturing and release missteps of what is now one of the most sought after modern revolvers on the planet. It’s a beautiful gun that handles even better than it looks.

Colt Anaconda in .44 Remington Magnum
Image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com.

The first thing anyone notices when they pick up the Anaconda is its size. This is an impressive revolver. This 6″ barreled model comes in at just over a foot long and weighs in at 53 oz. It’s every bit comparable in size to its contemporaries like the Ruger Redhawk and Smith & Wesson Model 29.

It’s also very shiny. None of the big firearms manufacturers do a factory finish like Colt.  Maybe they could, but they don’t. The Anaconda’s “semi-bright stainless” finish is equal to the other modern snake guns, and just as good, if not better than any factory stainless finish Colt has ever produced, save the ones coming out of their Custom Shop.

This finish is one of the first things I noticed on my Colt King Cobra review. The quality and evenness of this finish, along with the attention to detail throughout the firearm, are well above the competition. It has to be.

Colt isn’t going to be bluing any of these guns. At least that’s what Colt reps told me several times before the company was purchased by CZ. Without that famous “Royal Blue” finish, they were going to have to absolutely nail a stainless finish.

They’ve done exactly that. The Anaconda, with its large mass and tons of real estate to show imperfections, proves that Colt still has what it takes to get the details right.

Like the King Cobra and the Python, Colt has included a set of textured Hogue grips on the Anaconda. These are wildly popular grips and an aftermarket choice for many. It’s also completely appropriate, as they are in the same style that was on the original Anaconda.

The grip fits my size-large hands well, which of course means that they will likely not fit shooters with smaller hands. They have full and deep finger grooves which, again, fit a tall man’s hands.

These grips are functional and historically accurate, but I’d like to see what a set of better quality wood grips would look and feel like on this gun. The quality of the finish certainly justifies it, and I would hope that Colt would begin to accommodate the many shooters who’d prefer wood with their better wheel guns. That said, the grip outline is the same as the original, so there are aftermarket options available.

Like the previous modern snake gun releases, the Anaconda also features a replaceable front sight and a sturdy adjustable rear sight. The front sight comes from the factory with a classic red-topped ramp style which was perfectly adequate for most hunting and general target applications.

Unlike the originals, these new Anacondas come with the top strap drilled and tapped for optics. Although it distracts from the aesthetic appeal of a smooth top, the functionality gained is an easy trade, especially if paired with the 8″ variety for increased muzzle velocity. The use of a red dot or magnified optic would turn the Anaconda into an absolute hunting machine.

Colt Anaconda in .44 Remington Magnum
Image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com.

This option gives those with failing eyes or simply the need for more precision a great opportunity to enjoy handgun hunting.  At 100 yards, you’d still be generating well over 700 ft/lbs of energy, plenty for most antelope, deer, and pigs inside that range.

The trigger is identical in operation and in feel to the new model Python. That’s because it’s the same kind of leaf spring and transfer bar action as the modern Python.

I prefer the 21st Century snake gun triggers to the old Colt double actions. I have never been one to be able to stage any trigger consistently and the straight pull-through of the new model is easier for me to keep on target during double action shooting. Your mileage may vary.

The double action trigger on this Anaconda averaged 9 lbs 8.4 oz over five shots with a Lyman digital trigger scale. There was a .2 ounce extreme spread. The single action pull averaged 5 lbs, 14 oz, with a minuscule .1 oz spread.

I redid the single action pull test because I just didn’t believe the pull was almost 6 lbs. It certainly feels much lighter. The trigger pulls were measured after the dry firing and shooting for the review were complete, and the firearm was cleaned and lubed.

As there is a national ammunition shortage (you may have heard about it), I didn’t have the normal round count available I would have preferred. To make up for this, I dry fired the revolver, a lot. I don’t know how many times I pulled the trigger, but I did so throughout each episode of the Marvel Loki series (a solid meh) for four episodes. I swapped hands when my grip was exhausted.

After cleaning and lubricating the cylinder and bore, I fired a total of 310 rounds over three weeks. Sixty of those were commercial ammunition from Speer, Hornady, and Federal, and another 50 were my own stout 300 grain Cast Performance wide flat nosed gas checked hunting bullets topped with 18.4 grains of H110. The rest were 240 grain Speer Deep Curl bullets loaded to moderate velocities and a few cylinders of the same bullet pushed to max pressure in .44SPL.

I had no failures to fire or eject. I had no problems with the cylinder rotating or keeping time. I had no issues whatsoever.

Colt Anaconda in .44 Remington Magnum
Image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com.

Recoil is well managed with even the heaviest loads. The shear mass of the gun is certainly a plus here, but the forward weight of the vented rib barrel also helps. I shot the Anaconda side by side with a 7.5″ Ruger Redhawk with the exact same load. The slightly less massive and shorter Anaconda felt like it handled the muzzle rise even better than the Ruger, although neither felt particularly harsh.

I’ve always heard that a .44 Magnum is about as much gun as most folks can handle, but it wouldn’t take a whole lot of experience to shoot this gun, especially with most commercial loads. A crossed thumbs “double crush” grip, as is appropriate for any magnum caliber revolver, is all that’s required.

I had a couple of new shooters, both Prisoners of Her Majesty, get a cylinder full of the Anaconda. Both are people who had never shot a firearm until earlier that day. Neither of them had difficulty managing the recoil, and both very much enjoyed the experience.  Those two arrived wanting to shoot a gun and left that day wanting to move to Texas. This is the effect of the Anaconda.

And why not? The finish of the Anaconda may be what shows on the bench, but it’s the experience when you shoot it that really shines. The 6″ version has a great balance that’s not overwhelmed by recoil. The front sight raises and drops right back into place. Combined with one of the best factory triggers I’ve ever felt, it’s a relatively comfortable magnum, and an absolute pussycat with .44SPL loads.

This is a big beautiful weapon. The balance of the barrel, combined with the full grip and the even pull of the trigger combine to make a magnum that feels good to shoot. Slamming a cylinder full of potent projectiles with over 1,000 ft/lbs of muzzle energy into a shaking steel target is pure fun for everyone.

Well, everyone but your wallet. Accuracy testing was not inexpensive.

Colt Anaconda in .44 Remington Magnum
Image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com.

The most accurate factory load for the Anaconda, the Federal Premium 240 grain Hydra-Shok, was a bit disappointing, printing 1.7″ five ground groups averaged over four shot strings at 25 yards off bags. I asked a friend who got an Anaconda about the same time I did and he reports slightly better.

My own handloads topped with the 300 grain Cast Performance bullet settled down at the 1.5″ mark. This load shoots well in any .44 magnum I run it through, likely due to the wide gas-checked base, ample gooey bullet lubricant, and not quite maximum pressure charge. All groups were shot in single action.

Colt Anaconda in .44 Remington Magnum
Image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com.

Using a minus pin gauge set, five of the cylinders measured .432″ and one measured .433″. The minor bore diameter was .415″. The forcing cone started at .450″ and narrowed to bore diameter. When it comes to the relationship between bullet, cylinder, forcing cone and bore diameter, the recipe for precision is all there. Minimal end shake and the same solid lock up we saw on the Python was also present.

I assume that some increased precision, more than I have witnessed, is possible with the Anaconda, with either the right load or the right shooter.

As reviewed, and given the authority delivered by the .44 Magnum, this level of precision means a competent marksman should have little difficulty taking deer-sized game at 50 yards, and likely much further, with just the factory iron sights. For the dedicated handgun hunter, the 8″ barreled version would provide not only more muzzle velocity, but a critical lengthening of the sight radius as well.

Colt Anaconda in .44 Remington Magnum
Image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com.

There’s no doubt the Anaconda will be a solid seller for Colt and demand a premium in the retail market. My hope is that the change of ownership to CZ will inject some fresh capital and solid management to allow Colt to expand the capacity for these new revolvers so more shooters get the opportunity to own one. The market is certainly there.

The 2021 Anaconda has the appearance and performance to put it ahead of all the current competition.

Specifications:  Colt Anaconda 6″

Caliber: 44 Mag
Barrel Length: 6″
OAL: 13″
Weight: 53oz
Capacity: 6rd
Hammer Style: Exposed
Grips: Black Hogue Rubber
Sights: Red Ramp Front, Adjustable Rear
Frame Description: Semi-Bright Stainless Steel
Cylinder Finish: Semi-Bright Stainless Steel
Barrel Finish: Semi-Bright Stainless Steel
MSRP: $1,499

Ratings (out of five stars):

Style and Appearance * * * * *
Hands down the best stainless in the business.

Customization * * * *
Replaceable front sight and aftermarket grips are available.

Reliability * * * * *
I wish I had more ammo to throw at it, but I have little doubt the Anaconda would have handled it just fine.

Precision * * * *
I wanted this gun to hit the 1″ group mark on average. It didn’t quite get there.

Overall * * * * ½
Colt did right by the Anaconda. In fact, they may have redeemed it. Colt fans may not have been too excited about the big girl 30 years ago, but things are different now. Times change and this hefty hand cannon is just what a lot of us were hoping for.

60 COMMENTS

  1. “The 2021 Anaconda has the appearance and performance to put it ahead of all the current competition.”

    Looks aren’t everything. I’ll stick with the Ruger Redhawk, thanks. At least $500 cheaper and at least as or more robust.

    • The Redhawk is a great gun. Still trying to find someone to do a fixed rear sight weld up conversion on one for me. Hamilton Bowen doesn’t do it anymore.

      • It’s not what you mentioned, but as an alternative, it would be pretty easy to make a high quality fixed rear sight that fits in the same slot as the Ruger adjustable sight on the Redhawk. There was a gunsmith I believe in Arizona who was making such an item to replace the Micro type sight on Flat Top Blackhawks and it actually looked pretty good.

    • Love my Redhawk 44. I’d guess the trigger on the Anaconda would be a little better, but that’s probably it. My Redhawk is by far the most precisely fitted revolver in my collection. Zero end shake and zero rotational play when in full lockup. I’ve got it polished nicely and replaced the Pachmayr grips that came on it with some nice aftermarket wood ones. Not my most expensive gun, but it would be one of the last ones I’d ever sell.

    • I inherited a “three screw” Ruger from in-laws. It was the 1572nd of the first ones ever produced. IT is a handful, but mostly, just drop dead gorgeous. I pity the fool that threatens me while it is in my hand.

  2. Is that an Anaconda in your pocket or are you seriously, deliriously overjoyed to see me?

    (crosses it off the concealed carry wish list)

    • The Smith & Wesson 329 PD is the only 44 Magnum I think I’d really even consider as a concealed carry in 44 Magnum, and it is no fun to shoot with full pressure loads.

      • What made my 329 PD sort of enjoyable shooting full pressure rounds was putting on an X-Frame size set of tamer grips. Doesn’t help with it being concealable.

      • In the winter time, especially during deer season, i carry my 4″ 629 in a galco combat master. It conceals nicely under my coat. You never know when you may be out walking fences and checking on livestock when Bambi shows up. I need to stop reading your handgun reviews, they are causing me to spend way to much.
        Jake

  3. Your prisoners of the queen comment resonates. I have taken ‘furriners’ for their first range trip. From places as different as Germany and the Sudan. What I have noticed is that they look around in a furtive way as though they believe that they’re being watched and judged.

    It must suck to be a subject and not a citizen.

    • jwm,

      I think the most fun that I have ever had with recreational shooting was taking a friend’s two visitors from Russia to my closest National Forest for an entire day of shooting pretty much every firearm platform in existence.

      We shot .22 LR out of replica 1870s vintage single-action revolvers as well as modern semi-auto rifles. We shot 9mm Luger out of semi-auto handguns with 4-inch barrels. We shot bolt-action rifles chambered in .243 Winchester. And one of the visitors was absolutely tickled to take a few shots out of a Russian manufactured Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle (made in 1943 I believe). Of course the highlight was shooting a large revolver with 6-inch barrel chambered in .44 Magnum.

    • I have experienced the very same thing with folks that me and a buddy have taken to the range. Fortunately, the majority were women and as expected, shot much better than the men. AND most found our SRH .44s the most fun to shoot.

      Great review JWT. I always appreciate a well written piece about a nice piece. (No laughing people…)

    • Funny thing is, when my Israeli relatives come to visit they have no interest in recreational shooting, and express disdain for the relatively easy availability of weapons in the United States. Despite the fact that military service is compulsory, and firearms are commonplace, Israel has a very strong gun control culture. Another Israeli (not a relative) once told me (immediately after meeting me) “You Americans love your guns and treat them like toys. We don’t love them at all, and we treat them as a necessary evil”.

      Of course, these are the Israeli’s I’ve known. Several, but by no means all. Your Mileage May Vary.

      • This is what completely gob smacks me. I’ve known Israeli jews and American jews. You would think after progroms and the holocaust they would insist on being armed. Not so much.

        Strange.

        • As a nation, Israel does insist on being much better armed than it’s neighbors, particularly when it comes to technological superiority. But on an individual level, gun permits are typically only given for security needs and hunting. And yes, there are folks that hunt within Israel, but it’s much less common than it is here.

          I’ve known quite a few American Jews who carry in Southwest Idaho where I live. But not so many in New York or Jersey.

        • That would have been my expectation too. But I think a possible reason for our disparate experiences is that my relatives and acquaintances might be more traditional. Several keep kosher, and that prohibits the consumption of meat that was not slaughtered by a kosher butcher. (Among other things…)

          I on the other hand, am not very religious. Different strokes, more for me. Pass the elk burger please.

        • Years ago I bought some ARs from people who were moving from Indiana to Israel. This came up in a conversation. They asked me if I was a “Member of the Tribe” and I was baffled. Anyway we got to discussing the ARs and they weren’t allowed to have them in Israel which really baffled me so I bought them at a great price.

          I also have a S&W 29 which my old guy neighbor had. He was well up in his 70s and hadn’t shot it in years. He said it took him 3 years to get it in the ’70s, they weren’t available. It’s nickel and has a 8 3/8″ barrel. He loved that gun and even sold it to me with a nice presentation case. I took him shooting once and he had a blast. He really loved my 1911s. Anyway he asked the LGS what the would buy his S&W 29 for and they said $500. He asked me if I wanted to buy it, I told him that $500 was a low-ball price for such a nice gun, he said he paid more for it the ’70s but since I was always helping him out he would sell it to me for $500. I jumped on it.
          It’s a safe queen and my neighbor passed a few years ago.
          I might drag it out once a year just to make some noise at the range but she’s a beautiful revolver.

          I like the way it shoots but I never stocked up on 44 magnum ammo so while I have some, I’ll wait until things calm down a bit. I have a couple of boxes of WWB and two Hornady custom which I’ll save for it for when the SHTF.

          The 2021 Anacondas are going for 2-5K with 3K being the price you will pay to get one that’s in stock. It’s cool but it isn’t 3K cool.

  4. Beautiful new model gun.
    .44 Mag variant.
    Large, oversized, intimidating presence.

    Waiting for someone to pull one of these out and asks some thuggish punk if he feels lucky…

    • I Haz a Question,

      On a more practical level, there are some interesting advantages to .44 Magnum for self-defense as well as a societal collapse scenario.

      In terms of self-defense:
      If your .44 Magnum revolver has a 6-inch barrel and you are shooting stout loads with 180 grain semi-jacketed hollowpoint bullets, that platform develops over 1000 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle and should be virtually guaranteed to deliver “one-shot-stops” at close range.

      In terms of societal collapse:
      You can load that .44 Magnum revolver with stout loads and 180 grain bullets for immediately stopping opportunistic robbers and most likely even roving bands of marauders. On top of that, you can load that same revolver with moderate loads and 240 grain jacketed softpoint bullets for hunting medium and potentially even large game out to 50 yards or so. Finally, you could always load down to .44 Special for small game specimens on the larger end of the scale such as woodchucks and turkeys.

      For obvious reasons, there is a lot of value in a single firearm–especially if it is as portable and relatively convenient as a handgun–which can provide excellent performance in several applications with nothing more than changing whatever cartridge you load into the cylinder.

      • +1

        Yessir. As I’ve stated before a few times, if I could have only two guns while G.O.O.D., it would be either an AR-15 (.300 BLK) & Glock (9mm) combo with Kydex gear, or a revolver & lever gun both chambered in .44 Mag, with leather finery.

        Heck, why not both? I’ll take the latter, and outfit the wifey with the former. #winning

  5. snake will hunt. not much of a da person.
    the rear left quartering sand bag shot has some great tree fractals that my brain first saw as corrosion. nice finish, great images.

    • As you can see from some of the photos, I found this gun really challenging to photograph with my camera phone. I’ll use a real camera and try to get better pics.

      • Mr. Taylor,

        Some things simply do not photograph well/easily. This Anaconda revolver is probably one of those things.

        In spite of more than 160 years of our best and brightest minds developing (pun intended!) and advancing photography technology, cameras still do not match the human eye and often fall short in capturing accurate images of many subjects.

  6. I’ve always heard that a .44 Magnum is about as much gun as
    most folks can handle, but it wouldn’t take a whole lot of experience
    to shoot this gun, especially with most commercial loads.

    I think the main problem that people have with .44 Magnum is that you really must use good technique and, of course, not everyone knows/implements good technique.

    If you have good/proper technique and a large revolver (such as this Anaconda weighing 53 ounces), .44 Magnum is a ton of fun to shoot, no matter how burly you are or are not–assuming that you are in reasonably decent physical condition and not a tiny person.

    I suspect that 95% of people who receive even a modest level of enjoyment from recreational shooting would very much enjoy shooting .44 Magnum out of a large revolver with good technique. If you do not already have a large .44 Magnum revolver, I strongly encourage you to acquire one–you will not regret it.

  7. One of the first guns I ever shot was a 6″ 44mag. It’s been over 30 years and I’m still waiting for the stupid grin to subside. 😆

    I’d love to know where the author got his ammo though as, of all the ‘hard to get’ ammo we’ve had over this last year, .44mag has been, without a doubt, the most impossible to find. 😢

    • The short answer is anywhere I could. I’m online for ammo every day, although the best retailer around me has been Academy.

      • At least magnum primers have been easier to find than small pistol primers.

        So reloading is at least an option…

    • Vic,

      In the last couple months, I am seeing .44 Magnum factory ammunition becoming widely available through multiple online distributors for about twice the price of pre-pandemic/panic levels. (Something like 10 months ago, I could not find any .44 Magnum factory ammunition for sale at any price, anywhere–even online distributors.)

      I have a hunch that you will be able to purchase popular/utility .44 Magnum factory loads from multiple online distributors for about $0.90 per round (or less) by January of this year. As of today, the ammunition search engine AmmoSeek is showing about 50 online distributors with .44 Magnum factory ammunition in-stock with prices ranging from $0.96 to $3 per round–with several offerings around $1.50 per round.

  8. Good review, makes me want to shoot one! I wish the local range had one to rent to try as I would like to compare it to the S&W 357 mag with the 6″ barrel. I know there is a big difference between the two but I would like to see the difference in recoil and ease if there is of shooting it. Seems with the large frames the recoil is mostly absorbed but I would two hand hold it for sure.

    • Gersh,

      I taught two teenage girls how to shoot a large-frame .44 Magnum revolver. I taught one of the gals a few years ago (when ammunition was readily available and affordable)–after shooting all six rounds in the cylinder, she asked for a reload with a huge smile on her face. I taught the other teenage gal just this last weekend and we could not afford to blow through a bunch of ammunition so she had to be satisfied with just two shots–which of course she wasn’t! If healthy 120 pound teenage girls can shoot a large-frame revolver comfortably, so can you.

      The proper technique (in my opinion) is a two-hand hold as you stated with the right grip (next to impossible to explain with words), a slight bend in your dominant arm’s elbow, and allowing your entire arm (along with your support hand) to rise a bit with the recoil.

      I believe those last two details are the key: a slight bend in your dominant arm’s elbow and allowing your entire arm to rise a bit with the recoil. Unlike smaller calibers where you actively fight against recoil to virtually eliminate it, you have to “manage” the recoil of .44 Magnum and larger calibers since it is utterly impossible to eliminate it. Once you realize that and incorporate it into your shooting technique, you will really enjoy it.

      • Thanks for the advice. All my other guns including my 357 I have no issue with the recoil. That 44 though is a little larger, almost intimidating somewhat.

      • uncommon:
        I had a .44 magnum Super Redhawk with a 7-1/2″ barrel once. Bought it used, and it was the only handgun I had at the time (around 1983 or 4). Took my younger daughter (still in her teens) out shooting with it one day. To start, I loaded a single round to familiarize her with it, put the target out to about 7 yards. She fired the gun and scored a perfect bullseye with her first shot out of anything ever. I signed and dated that target, and she has it framed to this day. So… yes, a teenage girl can handle a .44 magnum hand cannon.

  9. Well Jon,

    You’ve done it again. I look forward to your reviews with mixed feelings. First, you write up an excellent review which in turn makes me want to buy the gun you are reviewing, and therefore costs me more money.
    I love me some .44mag.
    Having examples from S&W as well as Ruger, I can be sure there is a Colt in my future.

    Thanks a lot pal….

  10. “I had a couple of new shooters, both Prisoners of Her Majesty, get a cylinder full of the Anaconda. Both are people who had never shot a firearm until earlier that day.”

    From never having shot a gun, to a cylinder each of .44 mag, in one outing. Wow. 🙂

    The tactile sensation of the pressure wave of a .44 mag lighting off cutting through their teeth, front-to-back, guarantees they will never forget that day for the rest of their lives, and in a very good way… 🙂

  11. I had a 6 inch Anaconda I bought new in ‘93 while a college student in Alaska. DA trigger was not pretty, but 1 inch SA groups at 25 yds was easy, and it was a kitten with .44 special ammo.

    Not satisfied, I paid for a trigger job which marginally improved it but created a problem it didn’t have before. If you did a partial DA pull and then backed off, letting the hammer back down, and then tried to pull again without manually turning the cylinder to lock it, it would jam on the star half the time. Didn’t do that pre-trigger job. Not a problem in normal range shooting but it’s a situation I could see arising in a defensive shooting situation with a dynamic target, even if seemingly unlikely. I never fully trusted it after that. Traded it (full disclosure) to get a lighter backpacking gun, which was a shorter barreled Super Blackhawk.
    Also had a .44 mag Vaquero later on. The Rugers were great and much easier to tote in the woods.

  12. Thanks for writing this up. I guess I’ll have to figure out how to get my hands on one of them…

  13. Been a few years since I’ve visited TTAG and this is the first article I read. THANKS JOHN! It was a GOOD one! I enjoyed the review very much. I own two .44 magnums, a Ruger single action and my beloved Dan Wesson pistol pac. And I fell in love with this Colt, even with your phone photos (which are a durn sight better than my phone photos). With severe arthritis in my wrists, my days of shooting magnum loads are behind me, but I can still handle .44 specials. I’m just gonna have to wait until the feeding frenzy calms down so I can get one of these at something close to list price.

  14. Thanks, Mr. Taylor, I greatly enjoyed this article. Now, if I only had the money…and if only I could get ammo… (-:

    Side bar: I happened to visit the Colt web page for the Anaconda and was struck by a really awful proofreading failure. Here’s their list of specifications:

    + Specifications
    Action: DAO
    Caliber: 44 Mag
    Barrel Length: 8″
    Capacity: 6rd
    Hammer Style: Exposed
    Grips: Black Hogue Rubber
    Sights: Red Ramp Front, Adjustable Rear
    Frame Description: Semi-Bright Stainless Steel
    Cylinder Finish: Semi-Bright Stainless Steel
    Barrel Finish: Semi-Bright Stainless Steel
    OAL: 15″
    Barrel Length Range: 8″ to 8.99″
    Color: DAO
    Material: 44 Mag
    Size: 8″
    Model: 6rd
    Finish: Exposed
    Gun Model: Black Hogue Rubber
    Other Models: Red Ramp Front, Adjustable Rear
    Belt Size: Semi-Bright Stainless Steel
    Compartments: Semi-Bright Stainless Steel

    The same errors are in their .pdf spec sheet, too.

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