I have never been much of a Colt fan. That is partially due to the fact that I grew up with Smith & Wessons and Glocks in my hands and partially because I was quickly turned off by Colt’s willingness to push gun control while Bill Clinton was the U.S. President.
That being said, for years, I have heard about the Colt’s Python and Anaconda revolvers. Those familiar with them rave about the quality of the guns and the durability too.
Enter October 2017, when I got my hands on the Anaconda and was able to shoot the gun under various conditions for an extended period of time. From the first trigger pull, I was in love. The gun is meaty, as it must be to handle the force of the .44 Magnum, and it is beautiful, a characteristic which is not required but appreciated.
The stainless steel gun is iconic. It has a fixed front sight, an adjustable rear sight, and a trigger that is short and crisp from the cocked position. The weight of the gun — nearly 60 ounces with an eight-inch barrel — makes the recoil manageable, which is saying a lot when talking about the .44 Magnum. Yes, the gun still “kicks” and rises in the air when fired, but individuals who grip the gun properly — and who are physically big enough to shoot a .44 Magnum — will actually find that the Anaconda makes shooting the big round fun.
It certainly gives you the steadiness necessary to get on target for a second shot with relative ease.