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Thoroughly embarrassing that the range demo model they have at ShotShow doesn't even work! QC? What QC?! Giant own goal at one of the two biggest industry publicity events of the year.Unfortunately, after only 7 rounds of Colt’s National Match .38 Special, I experienced a failure to advance the cylinder. A few other reviewers have experienced this issue as well. Colt is aware of the issue (likely a failure of the hand to rebound), and ask that anyone experiencing this issue send their Pythons in for assessment and repair. This may be a teething issue, but it seems like Colt should have done more due diligence to prevent this issue from occurring to customers in the first place.
Freedom Arms .454 is well known for accuracy and tight tolerance. I've had two of their ,4 3/4 " .454's and both would bind up after 15 rounds or so, due to powder residue. It seems as though tight tolerance and binding up go hand in hand.I suspect they were trying to make the tolerances too tight on this one, without the hand fitting/adjusting. CNC encourages that, but it also means a little dirt in there can really bind it up. The wrong combo of "meeting tolerances" in each part and... you get a sort of lemon. Depending on design, it can bind hard or the hand can slip. Like I said, I tried a 686 that was just like that - very tight, but because of that it would bind up when dirty and the hand would skip... click! - and also tried a 617 that was so tight, it would bind up hard on fired Minimag brass (but not on SV). It happens. Doesn't surprise me on new designs just rolling out. I bet there will be quite a market for smiths to give these a "spa treatment" the same way some lever actions are commonly sent for slicking up. I also bet Colt gets on the stick and starts parts matching based on tolerance ranges.
Where was the residue buildup that caused the binding, in the barrel to cylinder gap ???Freedom Arms .454 is well known for accuracy and tight tolerance. I've had two of their ,4 3/4 " .454's and both would bind up after 15 rounds or so, due to powder residue. It seems as though tight tolerance and binding up go hand in hand.
Nice looking roscoe, but what really caught my attention was "fired 12 rounds out in my backyard". LIVING THE DREAM!Today I picked up my new 2020 Colt Python 4.25" bbl. After a safety and function check with it unloaded, I fired 12 rounds out in my backyard. I used a combination of .38 special and .357 magnum. I also fired some in single action and some double action. The last 4 rounds I fired as rapidly as I could in DA. I had no issues at all during this very short test.
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