If I have not said so before, welcome to the board. Love your threads and pics. You are rapidly becoming the smut king of revolver porn around here.My 4" barrel Colt Python, made in 1981.
But here is a more interesting (though a lot less valuable) revolver. It's called a "Couger". Below the photos is some history for anyone who gives a damn. <img src="http://www.floridaconcealedcarry.com/Forum/images/smilies/grinning.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
Collectible, though not particularly valuable. It's a Ruger Security Six married to a Colt Python barrel. Hence, the "Co" from Colt and "uger" from Ruger gives you "Couger".
The Couger was not produced as a novelty. They were purpose built and required a lot of time and effort to assemble since the threads on a Colt Python barrel and the threads in both Ruger and Smith frames are different. The Couger was built for high performance PPC shooting.
More popular than the Couger was the Smolt (Or Smython). A Smith & Wesson frame married to a Python barrel. ("Sm" from Smith & Wesson and "olt" from Colt (or "ytoon" from Python).
These "conversions" were popular in the 70's and 80's as PPC competition guns. And, as important as the barrel change was the action work performed by the well known gunsmiths that were noted for producing them.
The Colt Python barrel was reputed to be the most accurate production barrel of it’s day because of its higher quality rifling and tighter tolerances. It was also .001 smaller at the muzzle and the twist rate of 1:14 was more aggressive than both Ruger’s 1:18.75 and the Smith & Wesson. More spin was generated thus resulting in greater accuracy. Particularly with the slower wadcutters of that era that were generally used In competition.
The heaver barrel with full under lug was another advantage providing good forward balance. The Python barrel’s vent rib was claimed to provide a better sighting plane. And, the Python forcing cone was alleged to be stronger and more durable allowing more rounds before accuracy degraded.
So, why the Ruger and Smith & Wesson frames? Because it was, (and is) widely known that the Colt Python lock-work and timing did not stand up as well under the heavy use of and high volume of rounds common in PPC competition guns. Ruger’s and Smith’s were accepted as stronger, more durable thus the combination provided the best of both worlds. So, from this the Couger (“Co” from Colt and “uger” from Ruger) Smolt (or Smyton) were born.