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Old 04-19-2008, 09:38 PM
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Colt Viper




I purchased a Colt Viper in late 1978, left it in the box, never fired it, mostly forgot about it.

I knew Colt discontinued all D frame models in the late 70s but still overlooked my Viper.

I paid $138 for it.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICES ON THESE GUNS NOW!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:10 PM
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Is it a blued gun? It ought to easily worth 10 times your investment by now. Here is a couple of my NIB nickel Viper I only wish I paid so little for.

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Old 04-20-2008, 08:14 PM
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A new in the box Viper would bring HIGH dollars from a collector looking to own one each of every Colt "snake" revolver made.

The Viper is rare enough, much less NIB.
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:11 PM
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It's blue, never fired, still in the box with all Colt paperwork and the sales receipt.

Just never found a use for it.
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:29 PM
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Yeah, the Viper is pretty much 2nd only to the Boa in desirability as far as Colt snake collectors are concerned.

Vipers are rare because they only made them for a year ('77 I think). I have a NIB blue Viper that completed my Colt snake collection.
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:50 AM
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Boa?!?!

Heck, I learned TWO new things today, not just one!

I never heard of the Viper OR the Boa.

Damn, I wish Colt still made double action wheelguns.
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Old 05-10-2008, 08:27 AM
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I'm not good at taking gun pics but here's my Viper:



and here's my Boa:

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Old 05-11-2008, 11:40 AM
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Very nice Boa tailgunner6. The Boa is the only Snake gun missing from my collection. WAY too much $$$ for me thanks. I have all of the FACTORY Snake guns though and several are NIB perfect specimens. The Boas were a special limited edition series sold through Lew Horton that were a cross breed between the Python barrel and the King Cobra/Anaconda frames.
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Old 05-11-2008, 08:36 PM
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Actually, the Boa was a bright polished Colt Trooper Mark V, with a Python barrel fitted.

Same action as the later King Cobra.
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:04 PM
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Thanks Dfaris, I stand corrected. I just knew it was a non-factory Colt hybrid of sorts.... and a very expensive one at that
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Old 05-24-2008, 11:30 AM
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Sad Story

When I was a dumb kid in 78, bought a new Viper and had it cut to 3". Who Knew!!!!!
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Old 05-24-2008, 12:28 PM
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Local store had one in great shape I himmed and hawed and went back to get it and it was gone!
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:56 PM
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Actually the Boa WAS a factory Colt snake:

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Old 05-25-2008, 10:10 AM
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That's strange I've seen seen brochures saying the Boa was a Lew Horton special series of guns. I believe it said there were 500 each in 4" and 6" barrels ??
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:25 PM
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Lew Horton is a distributor who commissioned Colt to produce the limited edition. There were 600 of each barrel length made.
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:12 PM
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I have one, pretty sure it is not an actual Viper, a magnet will attach to the frame and real Vipers I understand had aluminum frames so seems someone put a Viper barrel on a Colt Police Positive, any idea of the value of this?

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Old 03-08-2010, 07:49 PM
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Test the frame on the lower grip frame and the trigger guard with a magnet to be sure the internal parts aren't attracting the magnet.

If the frame is steel, the value is just what someone will give you for it.

A common problem with these types of re-barrel jobs is that the people doing it seldom have the correct tools and frame wrenches and its common to see sprung frames and mis-fitted barrels.
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