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"Do you feel lucky? Well, you won't need luck when each and every one of the 6 bullets in your revolver packs a kick like a mule."
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars description

The Python is a revolver featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It was also originally going to be featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, as seen in a beta screenshot.

Design

3D Universe

"Dangerous peace-maker. One shot certain put a man down. Approach with extreme caution."
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City webiste

Appearing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Python is based on the Colt Python, a .357 Magnum caliber revolver. This version is assumed to have a 6" (15 cm) barrel and, strangely, lacks a striker on the back.

The GTA Vice City Stories rendition is named Equalizer and features a laser scope, although the scope cannot be used. Unlike the GTA Vice City model, the Equalizer is correctly modeled with a striker.

Grand Theft Auto IV

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The Python, or a weapon based on it, was intended to appear in Grand Theft Auto IV, along with the current Pistol and Combat Pistol, but was scrapped for unknown reasons. The only evidence of it is a pre-release render depicting Niko Bellic with a revolver in his hands, which, based on the positioning of the front iron sight, the weapon had a 4" (10 cm) short barrel. It is unknown if the weapon retained the capacity of six rounds, as some weapons in the game were denoted to have certain inconsistencies in ammunition capacity compared to their real-life counterparts.

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Python appears in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars as the Revolver. Although it cannot be visibly seen in the game, a HUD image of the weapon can be seen on the touch screen and on the Ammu-Nation website. Strangely, it resembles a snub-nosed .38 Smith and Wesson or a Colt Detective Special.

Performance

3D Universe

The Python is the most accurate handgun available in the 3D Universe and is also the most powerful handgun (along with the Desert Eagle), able to kill an NPC with a single shot. However, the gun cannot be fired while running, and must be fired from a standing position (grasping the butt of the gun with the right hand, then cradling the right hand and gun with the cupped left hand, all while planting feet at a wide stance) due to the heavy recoil. It also has a moderate cylinder capacity of 6 shots, making it excellent against small groups.

3D Universe Overview


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate Range Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
135 (GTA Vice City) 250 (GTA Vice City) 30 (GTA Vice City) 6 (GTA Vice City) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined 6 independent rounds, .357 (All games) Double-Action N/A

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Image Gallery

In-Game model

HUD icon

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • At the Francis International Airport front roof behind an electronic billboard, the roof can be reached by a ramp.
  • Spawns at each safehouse after finding 50 hidden packages.
  • In the mission The Portland Chainsaw Masquerade, there is a Python spawning right before the staircase that goes down to trigger the mission.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Trivia

General

  • Rockstar Games renamed the Colt Python to .357 in later versions of GTA Vice City, possibly to avoid copyright and trademark infringements.

3D Universe

  • In GTA Liberty City Stories, the spent shells are ejected while firing, which is impossible for any revolver.
  • Though the weapon itself doesn't appear in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the model from GTA Vice City is used for the giant Python at the entrance of the Los Santos Ammu-Nation.
  • The name Equalizer may be a reference to the saying "God made man, Samuel Colt made them equal". 
  • The scope on the python in GTA Vice City Stories may be visually inspired from a gun used in the movie "The Terminator", although the gun from the movie was actually an AMT Hardballer (clone of the Colt M1911) rather than a revolver. Another possible pop culture reference Is from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, A raider boss name Lord Humungus uses a Scoped Revolver, the slight inaccuracy being that Lord Humongus' scoped revolver is a Smith & Wesson Model 29 44. Magnum, not a Colt Python.
  • Within GTA Vice City game files, the model and the texture files of a shorter Python exist. It's still unknown if the gun was additional or not.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • The description of the gun is a reference to Dirty Harry.

Glitches

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • If the player fires the Python while pressing the move left and move right buttons, Tommy will stick his knees together, but after the firing animation ends, he will also stick his legs to next to each other, and then will slowly return to his normal position (tested on PC).

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