VOTE: What Classic Handgun Should Colt Bring Back Next?

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Colt surprised the gun world back in 2017 when they announced they were getting back into the snake gun business with the new-again Colt Cobra. The next wheel gun to be reintroduced was the .357 King Cobra, a gun that really impressed JWT. Most recently, Colt did what some said would never be done when they revived the beloved Python. Read JWT’s glowing review of that legend here.

Colt has shown that there’s plenty of demand out there for updated versions of some of their classic, sought-after firearms. Guns that have been out of production for decades, if not longer. Which makes you wonder what other models they may have on their drawing board.

Woodsman .22LR Pistol

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John Moses Browning intended the the Woodsman as a target pistol, but the slim, handy .22 quickly became popular with small game hunters, campers and just about everyone else. Colt made the Woodsman in various models with 4 1/2 and 6-inch barrels, in addition to variants such as the Huntsman and Targetsman. The guns were discontinued in 1977.

1903 and 1908 Pocket Hammerless

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless By Colt’s Manufacturing Company, CC BY-SA 3.0 fr, Link

The 1903 was chambered in the diminutive .32 ACP which isn’t a favorite among concealed carriers. Many prefer the 1908 which was chambered in .380 as a carry pistol with more oomph. Both are sweet-shooting handguns and have always been favorite pocket pistols (other than the fact that they’re not drop safe). Colt built over 700,000 of them through the end of World War II. US Armament began producing a reproduction of the 1903 a few years ago, but they appear to be out of production now and they were not inexpensive.

Viper .38 Special Revolver

Bringing back the Viper shouldn’t be a big stretch for Colt as the gun was basically a short-lived 4-inch version of the 6-shot .38 Cobra snubby with a partial underlug. While the original had an aluminum alloy frame, Colt’s making the current Cobras with a steel frame. Colt only made the Viper from 1977 to 1984 and they go for a very pretty penny these days depending on condition.

Let us know below which classic Colt you’d be most interested in.

Which classic handgun should Colt bring back next?

Woodsman .22LR pistol
1903 Pocket Hammerless (.32 ACP)
1908 Pocket Hammerless (.380 ACP)
Viper .38 Special Revolver
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  1. avatar steve says:

    One that they could keep up production with ?

    1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

      ☝️What Steve said.

    2. avatar Madcapp says:

      Steve is correct.

    3. avatar ChoseDeath says:

      Exactly that.

  2. avatar Rev. Philip E. Evans says:

    Colt Police Positive .38 Special

    1. avatar Connor M. says:

      I would love that one too. even if it had the redesigned action, I think that would be cool.

    2. avatar Sam in Ohio says:

      +1

    3. avatar Doug Crouse says:

      Officers model match in .22lr.

  3. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    car-15 haha.
    m1895 potato digger.
    i will buy a woodsman, but it will be old.

  4. avatar Carlwinslo says:

    Magnum Carry, I have a 1st edition that is just pure awesomeness. On second thought with it discontinued and low production the value keeps skyrocketing.

  5. avatar Dennis says:

    Dont care! Couldnt afford em them, cant afford em now!!!

    1. avatar Art out West says:

      There is nothing wrong with owning Ruger revolvers.

      The only Colt revolver I ever owned was a model 1917 New Service in .45acp. I liked it, but sold it during a period of unemployment. I chose to keep my Security Six, and sell the 1917. I do miss the 1917.

      1. avatar Dave G. says:

        “There is nothing wrong with owning Ruger revolvers.”

        Amen to that!

  6. avatar Greg says:

    Diamond back.

    What the first post says.🙂

    1. avatar LKB says:

      Diamondback in .22. (I have one that’s circa-1963, and it is subperb.)

    2. avatar Kendahl says:

      One more vote for the Diamondback. We have a 4″ .38 Special. I think of it as a Python that’s small enough to fit my hands. I once considered a Python but it would have been a single action pistol for me. Trigger reach in double action was too long.

  7. avatar Zhang says:

    Viper.

    It’d be nice to have a full-size .38 Special in production that isn’t a Smith & Wesson Model 10/64/67 or Rock Island Armory M200.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Second the Viper.

      Conversely, an Anaconda with the quality of the current Python.

      1. avatar Lance F says:

        Any revolver, but how about The Single action Army.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          They still make the SAA. Just picked up a 7.5″ .357 for a project.
          Cut barrel to 4″ drift adjustable front site, scallop recoil shield and loading gate, black powder chamfer, deck grip frame (have some elephant ivory to get cut) Keith style cylinder latch, A level engraving.
          Should mike a fine little gun.

      2. avatar BeoBear says:

        That’s my vote too. A Python quality Anaconda…….that’s a gun I’d love to see!

  8. avatar Mark N. says:

    I’d go with the revolver, given 1)that Colt has returned to that market and should be making a decent one by now, and 2) it is the only one of the four that could make it on the California Roster.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      Except that under new legislation that is currently making its way through the paces in Sacramento, if AB-2847 is passed into law, every “new” gun model that is added to the Roster must require the removal of 3 from it. So in the meantime, I’m not in favor of *any* new models being added. The roster is a joke.

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        I think that that applies only to semiautomatics with microstamping, the goal being to replace all of the pistols on the roster with microstamping pistols. Microstamping is not required of revolvers.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Also not possible on revolvers.

        2. avatar Jeff in CO says:

          @LarryinTX
          Seems impossible on semi’s as well, so they should just drop the requirement…

  9. avatar Mark Huett says:

    Bring back the 1851 Navy conversion..or at least up the production on the SAA.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      They’ve already done that two or three times. The first series were Italian clones assembled in the US, and if I recall correctly, the second set were made from raw pieces made in Italy and completely finished here. The third series was made here. All were over priced, because they were “Colts.”

  10. avatar Texican says:

    Why dont they do something innovative as well? Like make a new gun or three and cater to the civilian population like every other successful mfr.?

  11. avatar Carolus Rex says:

    They should sell the rights to their lineup to a company that can actually build a functioning revolver. Bought a new python as soon as they came out and it was a steaming pile of political promises. Sent it back to Colt, got it back, traded it off, haven’t looked back.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Not sure how many flawless rounds I have through mine now. 2k?

      1. avatar Carolus Rex says:

        Mine had constant light primer strikes. Couldn’t get through a cylinder without it screwing up. I have a sneaking suspicion that they just neutered the mainspring to give the weapon a smoother feel with fewer man-hours invested in smoothing out the action, etc. I wouldn’t be so hard on them if that was the only incident of unreliability I had heard of, but the prom night dumpster fire of a classic product re-launch and Colt’s nonchalant attitude towards customer service left a bad, bad taste in my mouth.

        To this day, that’s the most money I’ve ever spent on anything that wasn’t a car or a house, so believe me, I *wanted* it to be a good gun. I picked mine up six days after they were released.

        What’s also frustrating is that Colt should have realized what was at stake when they rolled this out and made damn sure they didn’t have QC or design problems, and had CS on standby with notepads and RMA labels ready to go if disaster struck. It was just a general fumble.

        Almost forgot, out of the box, the muzzle looked like someone had crowned it with a dremel.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          I had a Kahr semiauto with that problem, turned out the hole for the firing pin was too tight, had to send it back and wait for months for them to ream the hole and send it back, then discovered it didn’t fit me worth a shit, my hand ached after around 10 rounds, gave it to my kid brother. At least they changed the production line so only around 100 guns had the problem. Lucky me. Still, it was somewhat my fault, I carried it directly into the store’s range, loaded it up and pulled the trigger to hear “click”. Examined the cartridge, saw the light strike, reloaded and tried again, resulting in a bang, and now the gun has been fired, I could not just say “give me my money back”.

          As to the question, though, I never liked the Diamondback, but I still have a Detective Special I bought around 1972, the model with a shrouded ejector, lovely gun, they should try that. Good CC gun, too, I suspect.

  12. avatar jwm says:

    Woodsman. 1903 and 08. Open top Colt. Colt Monitor.

    1. ID LIKE TO SEE A DIAMOND BACK IN THE 256 CALIBER LIKE THE PYTHONS MADE FOR A WHILE

  13. avatar futility says:

    Colt Aircrewman. Put a big warning label on it.

  14. avatar MouseGun says:

    Something with an exposed ejector rod

    1. avatar Biatec says:

      Yes lol this. I find the covered ejector rod look so ugly.

      1. avatar LazrBeam says:

        A Lawman MK V it is, then.

  15. avatar RGP says:

    I’ve only seen one of these, sometime around 1990 or so, and I still regret not having bought it…. it was a bright stainless Colt Gold Cup National Match 1911 with smooth rosewood grip panels, chambered in .38 Super. It was made for the Mexican market, and with the heavy barrel, it felt better balanced and steadier than any .45 caliber 1911. I was told at the time that there were only 200 of them produced. That 1911 felt better in my hand than any other 1911 I’ve touched before or since.

  16. avatar Cuteandfuzzybunnies says:

    Who voted for anything besides the woodsman? That’s the so obvious choice. Of course they didn’t have the anaconda, which will probably be the next one if not the diamondback. .

  17. avatar TruthTellers says:

    If I had to choose from the list, the 1903 in .32 ACP, but I would really like to see Colt bring back the M1877/M1878 because double actions from the 1870s and 80s are sorely missing from CAS events.

    1. avatar N says:

      Aha, a fellow man of good taste

  18. avatar Connor M. says:

    personally, I want to see the anaconda and the diamondback brought out. I think those are the most likely to be reintroduced, especially in the case of the anaconda. One other thing I would like to see is the new service revolver chambered in .45 ACP(or other calibers, but at least that one). They could even give it the redesigned action. I dont know how well that would sell, but I would buy one.

  19. avatar GS650G says:

    Colt trooper and official police. My official police is 50 years old and works flawlessly.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Yeah, my 4″ Python is 48 years old now (gave it to my son 25 years ago) and still works perfectly, but probably doesn’t have 1000 rounds through it, as I had another one which I shot.

  20. avatar Alex W. says:

    3″ barrel Colt Cobra, like the ole’ DS-2!

  21. avatar Jimmy Beam says:

    Buy a Ruger. Half the cost. No side plates. Easy to disassemble and clean. Lots of accessories. Pull trigger, goes bang, hits target. Every time.

    Vent ribs are overrated.

  22. avatar rdsii64 says:

    Nothing, because it will be over priced, not live up expectations, and a general disappointment.

  23. avatar Montana Actual says:

    Pocket Hammerless… because RDR2 😉

  24. avatar VaqueroJustice says:

    I like the idea of a re-issue of the 1903 and/or 1908 Pocket Hammerless.
    They could call it the Archduke Franz Ferdinand Special,

    1. avatar Scott says:

      Even though his killer used an FN Model 1910?

  25. avatar Ed earl says:

    How about something that doesn’t require a second mortgage

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      If you need a 2nd mortgage you’re budgeting wrong.

  26. avatar John says:

    Screw Colt. They bowed down to the left and stopped producing America’s rifle. I’ll never buy a Colt again.

  27. avatar Joseph Quixote says:

    Detective Special. +p

    1. avatar TickTalk says:

      Rock island 206 is the exact same thing, only 1/10 the price and with ok customer service..

      1. avatar Joseph Quixote says:

        No.

      2. avatar Specialist38 says:

        1/10 the gun.

        It’s a snub 38 …..that’s where it ends.

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I’ve been advised that my Detective Special is not +P only because there was no such thing when it was produced, perfectly safe to fire +P. Still don’t, who needs +P in a 2″ barrel?

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Everybody with a 2inch barrel.

  28. avatar J Johnson says:

    Still haven’t seen a new released Python for sale. Colt needs to fix this before starting another project.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      COMPLETELY agree!

  29. avatar Mack The Knife says:

    None of the above. They need to get out of the history books and create a new and modern pistol. Just not another clone. Get the creative juices flowing and make sure it is 100% before it is marketed. Try a seance and query John Brown.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      John Browning?

  30. avatar Gregolas says:

    Buy the tooling from H&K and make the P7M8.

  31. avatar enuf says:

    Colt Lightning Double action, but in modern calibers starting with .22LR, holding eight or ten rounds and then right on up in centerfire calibers ’till they can’t fit six in the cylinder.

    …. and contract with Ruger to teach them how to produce firearms in America in numbers and at prices and quality that people will be entirely happy with.

    You know, like Colt used to do.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Colt was usually 15-20% more than a comparable S&W.

      UAW workers and all.

  32. avatar Specialist38 says:

    I voted. Woodsman.

    But it needs to be the original woodsman. Slim and lithe and a work of art.

    Not the blocky, square-gripped model of later years.

    I would pay 1000 for that.

    2nd would be the Viper. No full underlug please.

  33. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    First, I’d like to see them bring back the Woodsman, especially in the Target variant. There should be a stainless variant and a blued, high-polish variant.

    Second, I’d want the 1903/1908 Hammerless, in a high-polish blue. When it was being made, the 1903 in .32 was twice as popular as the 1908 in .308. Today the .32 might not be that popular with concealed carriers, but in its day, the 1903 in 32 ACP was very, very popular.

    Remember folks, the issue round for the military and police in that day was a .38 Special. It is only since the 1960’s that we’ve gotten into this ballistics “mines bigger than yours” contest. 100 years ago, the .32 ACP was more than enough for concealed carriers, and the 1903 was one of the most preferred pistols for concealed carry. Today, there are .32 ACP loads that make it a credible self-defense round.

    After that, I dunno. Colt has a huge catalog of firearms they could bring back. Here’s an idea: How about they make an actual Model 51 instead of the R51 mis-step? And then they could make a Model 53. Both would be excellent CCW pieces.

    1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      ooh the fireball from that .308…

  34. avatar Accur81 says:

    I know it’s not on this list, but I want a new-school (and an olde-school) Anaconda.

    Maybe I’m the only one, but it they did an awesome job on the Python I don’t see why not.

  35. avatar The Rookie says:

    1903 Hammerless in .32 ACP tops my list, with a Colt Vest Pocket a close second (I love mouse guns).

  36. avatar The Rookie says:

    Hrm, not a lot of calls for bringing back the Colt 2000, I see. 🙂

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      If they put a better trigger in it, I’d buy it.

      Even a DAO trigger like they did on the DAO Govrnment.

      1. avatar The Rookie says:

        I’ve never actually handled one, TBH. I only know them by reputation. I admit I like the idea of a rotating barrel design. I love my PX4’s.

  37. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Owned a 1908. Marshall marked. Mint. Nice pistol. Something new? Woodsman. If identical to the original. Those whining about price need to get their priorities straight. Don’t forget SAA. Everyone should own at least one.

  38. avatar Mark H says:

    Colt M1877 “Thunderer”

    They could chamber it in .41 Special instead of .41 Colt and have a real winner on their hands.

  39. avatar Ironhead says:

    Anaconda.

  40. avatar Ron says:

    Anaconda!

    But ditto on the CAR15 as mentioned above.

  41. avatar Ralph says:

    The New Service in 45 Colt, 44 Spl, .357

    1. avatar Connor M. says:

      Absolutely!!! i would love that and i think it would be cool if it had the redesigned action too.

  42. avatar Jim Warren says:

    Since the new Python only has the looks of the old Python, the lockwork of the Trooper Mk III, and the finish of a Taurus, probably best to keep your expectations low.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      The Trooper MkIII had a coil mainspring .

      The new python does not.

      I’ve not seen any Taurii with a finish as nice as the new Python.

      1. avatar Jim Warren says:

        Spring type, this is true. But the lockwork is not of the original Python, either. It is mostly MIM parts, which the Trooper was one of the first models to utilize. Satin stainless is satin stainless no matter who makes it. The “target crown” has been described as being accomplished with a Dremel tool. The old Royal Blue mirror finish will never be replicated. So you’re basically paying Python prices ($1500+) for something that isn’t anything like the original Python except in appearance. It has a lot in common with buying a kit car… like a DeTomaso Pantera built on a VW frame and engine. Looks good but…..

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          Agreed on the bluing. Many of the chemicals are now illegal to use.

          Satin stainless will show toolmarks and Taurus proves this time and again.

          A coil spring will never be as smooth as a good leaf spring. Even the funky U-spring (no longer a V) in the New Pyrhon is pretty smooth.

          You are correct that the new Pyrhon has nowhere near the handwork of the legacy revolver. If it did it would probably run 2500, which means Colt wouldn’t bother.

          Get the old ones while you can, the new ones will have mim parts galore.

          The upside is that mim parts are easy to replace. Fitting a replacement trigger or hammer in an old S&W can be a chore. I hope someone starts making mim hands for Smith’s, so they aremeasiee to re-time.

  43. avatar Will Drider says:

    None. They’re selling the brand name not quality and aren’t very competitive. As article suggests “bring back discontinued models”: is because they fail to design and manufacture new and innovative products. The fact they are one of the first companies to cave on gun restrictions (no ARs for Civillians, twice) doesn’t help brand loyalty either!

  44. avatar Mike says:

    They need new models that make money.

  45. avatar Wally1 says:

    It will not matter, they will cheap out on design and quality. Have you seen or handled any new Colt? Pure Junk. Colt is having a bigger issue than which new gun to make, people who buy guns want quality and reliability, with Colt, that ship has sailed.

      1. avatar Wally1 says:

        Colt uses MIM parts throughout this revolver, not for me, I pay for quality and this is not it.

  46. avatar kap says:

    NONE as they suck, sold us out for Military big bucks then got dumped by making junk. now be a nice little clown and buy their overpriced stuff so they can make the bucks.

  47. avatar BCE56 says:

    9mm Pocket Hammerless.

  48. avatar Peter says:

    Colt should bring back the Peacemaker but make it double-action

    1. avatar Connor M. says:

      they still make the peacemaker and they did kinda make it in double action version. that gun was called the model 1877.

  49. avatar Doran Russell says:

    I think Colt should get caught up on their Python orders before they introduce another revolver. I have been waiting 5 month for a paid order for one an nothing coming in the foreseeable future.

  50. avatar Bemused Berserker says:

    I really don’t care. I’ve never been a real big Colt fan, so I’m indifferent to what they decide to market. Rest assured, whatever they release, it’ll be more expensive than any of the competitions.

  51. avatar Till says:

    Pocket 9

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      That was a neat gun. As I recall, they got sued by Kahr formthe barrel lug.

      I have only seen one at a gun show. The trigger was pretty bad.

      I also liked the Colt Pony – the DAO only Mustang.

      They didnt make enough and didnt make it long.

      I thin both the Pony and Pocket 9 needed a newer design in the recoil spring.

      They should easily be able to do it now. If they are of the mind.

      Colt has recently impressed me that they are trying to make guns for shooters and not just the government.

      10 year ago I wouldn’t have pissed on them if they were in flames. The new management seems intent on re-building a decent reputation.

      I hope that succeed…..they could revive their entire line now….especially the oldsters like the officers model match ….and there would a market.

  52. avatar Fun Gunner says:

    The Viper would be cool with an aluminum frame and rated for +P.

  53. avatar jakee308 says:

    the Colt Peacemaker in .45 Colt. Duh!

  54. the magnum carry is back, but as the king cobra. I would like it if they brought back the full size king cobra, in 2.5,4, and 6inch barrel lengths and just called the new KG the Magnum Carry2 or something like that. I would like a 4 inch viper w/ +p rated aluminum frame as well as a 2 inch version. and yes I would like a 4.5 inch woodsman. the Diamondback with 2.5-4-6 inch barrel lengths. the 2inch lawmen. and the trooper mk 3. (love to have a 4″). and yes someone should bring out a modern made lightning in may be 38 special or something ( double action not the single action ones) for the cowboy matches. and I would love an officers acp in 38 super, stainless.

  55. avatar Big Bubba says:

    Had a 4″ Python. Stupidly sold it.

    If there was any ONE model I’d love to see Colt bring back, it would be their single action .22 LR, long barrel (8″ or 9″?) revolver.
    I have a long barrel Ruger “Single Six” that has served me well over 40 years.
    If I had to crush aluminum cans to sell as scrap for the money, I’d buy one!

  56. avatar William H. Spindel says:

    I would like to see an updated Anaconda in .44 magnum and .45 Colt. Perhaps .41 magnum as well.

  57. avatar Matt says:

    Colt Official Police and Detective.

    But I had to vote 1903 pocket hammerless as that was the only option for the poll.

  58. avatar Joshua Nichols says:

    The American 2000… so buyers aren’t that surprised with a recall!

  59. avatar Christopher A says:

    Colt has been making the 1903 for the last couple years. It’s on their website right now.

  60. avatar Ton E says:

    The Trooper

  61. avatar simobros says:

    I remember holding Colts in high esteem, but that was decades ago. I remember they were affected by a strike back in the mid 80s. It seemed like their quality never really recovered after that. I love all the old Colts that I own, but would be very leery about buying new production.
    Mine in order of age are:
    * Army Special 38 6 inch (1921)
    * MK IV Series 70 Govt. Model blue .45acp (1970)
    * Colt Jr. blue (1971)
    * Trooper MK III blue 8 inch .357mag (1978)
    * Python blue 8 inch (1981)
    * Diamondback blue 6 inch .22lr (1983)
    All are great guns of high quality. I’m thinking about buying a new Colt 1911, but I’m not confident their new revolvers wouldn’t be a disappointment.

  62. avatar Doug in Post Falls says:

    LE6920 with a brace.
    … oh wait.

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