I'll take a bit of a stab. The early Colt Snake revolvers are a work of art as were many of their other revolvers and pistols. They also are kind of the grandfather of the 1911 which is considered to be by some as close to the perfect auto. (Your mileage may vary) I have never own a Colt myself but I'd sure like to get my hands on nice early Python in good condition. It is one beautiful revolver in my eyes.