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realisically? For the extra $500, you'd THINK that there'd be SOMETHING, right? In fact, a .45 Colt Ruger has MORE power than the Python, if it's loaded right. $250,used, private party sale. Even a Superblackhawk .44 is only about $300, from such a source. So is a Contender, with a 30-30 barrel, and it's a far better big game gun and load than is the Python. It wont ever go "out of time", either, the way revolvers do. :)
 

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The python does let the user reload and resume firing a LOT faster than does the Blackhawk. It's another one of those "relative" things.

The Python (IMO) isn't the ideal defensive handgun, but 'relative' to the Blackhawk, it's measurably faster to use, especially if more than one cylinder-full is to be fired.

Picture this: you see a uniformed cop with a Python on his hip (consider Cirillo, who generally carried revolvers back in "the day"). Now picture your thoughts if you saw that same uniformed cop with a Blackhawk on his hip. Definitely have a more negative opinion of him in the second case, wouldn't you...?
 

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My dislike of Bill Ruger's elitist streak aside,I'd say the margin for "warmth" amongst the handloads in the Blackhawk probably surpasses the Colt.Remember that the Python used a similar type of leaf springs to the early( name forgotten) DA in th elate 1800's that was a bit breakage prone. Check out the coil mainsprings in the King Cobra,and other "straight duty-toolbox" wheelies that Colt made;you'll see what I mean. TRHAT is why the out of the box Pythontriggers were SO good-real user friendly,but not necessarily the nost "bullet-proof" of their guns(regarding hard use-durability).Otherwise ,they were pretty nice
 
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