a friend of mine gave me a stack of gun mags that went back to about 1972.shooting times & american rifleman mostly.i read them cover to cover some years back & your question triggered my memory.i believe your on the right track with a factory expirement.that would have made an awesome gun.the hand fitted quality of a python with the original ballistics of the .41 mag.
if i run accross that article again i'll let you know.
Most sellers don't know that much, apparently, about the guns they sell. They get them on trades and probably don't care much about any history. And many of them are not all that chatty anyway, it seems. It is only personal collectors selling their guns that will talk your ear off about them.
I should go take some photos of it and a few of my other Pythons. Got some down time today while doing a server move and waiting for the DNS pointers to propagate before actually moving the sites.....
i mentioned this thread to another "old guy" type buddy of mine.he supposedly found a magazine article in his stack that said pythons were made in multiple calibers over their production run.he told me ot said that .357 was just far & away the most popular.
i'm trying to get my hands on the copy.will forward when i get it.
The March 2004 Guns & Ammo just came today. In the article "Classic Test" by Steve Comus, they feature the Colt Python. In one paragragh it reads:
"Although the standard chambering for the Python was the .357 magnum, some were made in .38 special, .41 magnum, .44 special and even the .257 winchester magnum. Only prototypes of Pythons chambered for .22 LR and .22 WMR were made."
At the Lakeland, FL show a few weekends ago, there was a fine pair of 6 inch Diamondbacks in brushed nickle finish for sale. One was .22 LR and the other .22 WMR. I should have bought them, but they were rather pricey. Probably never see them again....