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Version 1.02
Category Weapons > Ranged
Type Pistol
Cartridge .357 Rounds
Repairable With Duct Tape
Weapon Cleaning Kit
Size 4 Slots (2x2)
Weight 1 kg (3 lb)
Absorbency 0%
Fire Modes Semi-Automatic
Rate of Fire Medium
Recoil High
Noise 4 (Loud)
Zeroing None
Magazines Internal (6 Round Cylinder)
.357 Speedloader
Location Civilian
Rarity Rare
The Colt Python is a .357 Magnum caliber revolver formerly manufactured by Colt's Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. It is sometimes referred to as a "Combat Magnum". It was first introduced in 1955, the same year as Smith & Wesson's M29 .44 Magnum. — In-game description

The Magnum is a double-action revolver with a 6-round capacity. Chambered for high caliber .357 Rounds it can deliver a lot of damage, although at relatively short effective range. Compared to the FNX45, the Magnum deals more damage with same accuracy. However, it is louder, has a slower rate of fire, and has less then half its ammo capacity. The magnum cylinder is slow to reload as each chamber has to be loaded manually. However, the fact that it does not require a magazine to load more than one round can be a major advantage. Reload speed can be significantly increased with use of a Speedloader.


The Magnum was added to the game proper in 0.30 update.

Any rounds loaded into the Magnum begin at one to the left of the top, the last chamber. After loading an empty cylinder a cocked hammer will drop the hammer on the current chamber firing only the last chamber, and therefor will fire only fully loaded. However, with the hammer down the double action pull will rotate the cylinder and fire the first chamber, and so will fire with any number of rounds loaded.

Pressing the reload button will cock the hammer if not cocked already. Pressing the reload button will spin the cylinder, landing on the first loaded chamber.


What we know as simply the "Magnum" is really the Colt Python double-action revolver. The real article is chambered in .357 just like its video game counterpart, and is lauded for its accuracy and smooth, satisfying operation.

Introduced in 1955, the Python is far too new to be associated with images of the Wild West, and in fact features several design elements that make it better than the pistols toted by old gunslingers. Such features include: "precision adjustable sights, a smooth trigger, solid construction, and extra metal," according to Wikipedia. Perhaps more distinctively, it sports a solid underlug for stability and a ventilated rib on the top side of the barrel.

One major feature that separates it from its forebears is the tight cylinder action, in which the cylinder stays locked in place for the duration of the hammer strike. Along with a design that utilizes a tight gap between the cylinder and the forcing cone, these modern elements greatly aid both accuracy and velocity for the round being fired.

The Magnum's real-life counterpart is able to be fitted with a number of different barrels and other attachments to suit different roles. The version we see in-game is representative of the most popular model utilizing a 6-inch (15cm) barrel, but the Python is also available with 2.5-inch (6.4cm), 3-inch (7.6cm), 4-inch (10cm), and 8-inch (20cm) barrels. For a time, Colt offered a "Python Hunter" model which featured a 2X Leupold scope fixed with Redfield mounts, meant to be used as a hunting weapon.