earlier the better.Many say the late 90s was the worst years cause the tooling was wearing and the product was sloppier.One of the biggest problems i have heard the Python having was getting out of time with heavy shooting,so this is something to be aware of.Ive never seen it happen but i guess its possible.I do know where there is one that i bet hasnt had 100 rounds through it ide love to get but will never happen.For the prices they are getting these days there cant be to much wrong with them .Ive seen some out of this world price tags on some Pythons.
a lot of money for the privilege of saying you own a python. yes they are a nice gun but can come pretty darn close with a early smith & wesson at about 1/2 the cost. the problem (unless you have money to burn) with high end guns is the more you shoot them and wear occurs the value drops. the difference between a 98% and 94% python is going to be a few hundred dollars. i haven't looked in a while but shooter grade pythons are probably $800-$1000. maybe buy one of these as the damage is done for the most part. and yes colt's were more prone to timing issues. they sure are pretty but also a lot of dead presidents.......
I, personally, couldn't buy one. Not that I wouldn't. I don't think it would ever leave the safe, LOL. Same reason I couldn't buy a Les Baer 1911; for the money, I could never shoot it. I'd be too paranoid. And the idea of having a gun I'd never take out is just sad.
I've got a 6in. baught new in1979 had Colt refinish it last year due to holster wear by far the finest revolver I own every one I know that had one and sold it missed it badly unless they are gun brokers