Dirty Heather Colt Python
by Jack Corbett
For this review I've chosen the Dirty Heather Colt Python,
since even Dirty Harry cannot the tough and beautiful Dirty Heather when
she's armed with what is probably the most accurate, smoothest functioning and
stylish double action revolver ever made, the Colt Python.
a man or woman could have just one handgun for all around protection most gun
experts would recommend a double action .357 magnum.
Until being overshadowed
by the 44 magnum, the 357 magnum had the distinction of being the most powerful handgun
on earth gaining perhaps an undeserved reputation for being more than a match
for the largest and most dangerous big game on earth.
Dirty Heather posing for Jack Corbett at
But as a stopper of predators
of the human kind, many leading members of the gun fraternity believe the .357
magnum to be superior to even the big .44. Smith and Wesson's model 29, 44 magnum
gained legendary fame and popularity once Clint Eastwood took it to the big
screen in his role as Dirty Harry. For this review I've chosen the Dirty
Heather Colt Python,
since even Dirty Harry cannot the tough and beautiful Dirty Heather when she's armed
with what is probably the most accurate, smoothest functioning and stylish double
action revolver ever made, the Colt Python.
produced by Smith and Wesson in 1935 as the most powerful handgun on earth,
the .357 magnum was originally designed to give lawmen an edge over a new breed
of criminal who had emerged during the Depression years. Prohibition saw the
rise of the bootleggers, the predecessors of today's organized crime, who fought
raging street battles in Chicago and New York for dominance of the mob. Law
enforcement officers often found themselves outgunned by lone psychotic murderers
and thieves such as Bonnie and Clyde as well as by tommy-gun carrying bootleggers.
This new breed of criminals emerged at the same time as the automobile came
into prominence, which gave them unprecedented mobility. The police officer
of the era was typically armed with a 38 special revolver firing a bullet only
100 feet per second faster than the .38 long Colt that had failed to stop determined
Moro warriors during the Philippine Insurrection just thirty years earlier.
Not only did the 38 Special prove to be an undependable man stopper, it also
could not be relied upon to penetrate automobile bodies and other barriers protecting
The 357 magnum had a
slightly longer case than the 38 special and was designed to operate at much
higher pressure while firing the same .357 inch diameter projectiles. On paper
it developed three times the muzzle energy of the slightly shorter .38 special
cartridge. It also chambers and fires the much less powerful .38 Special, a much
cheaper round that developed significantly less muzzle flash and recoil, which
gave the cop the option of loading up with .38 Specials for target practice or
357 magnums for serious business. The 357 magnum soon developed a reputation
for being able to perforate engine blocks and automobile bodies and superior
stopping power. But its recoil and loud muzzle blast was considered to be hard
to tolerate which often resulted in poor shooting. Inevitably hunters preferring
to take big game with a handgun took their 357 magnums afield until reports
came in that the 357 magnum had accounted for the biggest game on the North
American continent including Alaska's big bears.