Colt Python .357 Magnum Revolver

Production date
1977
Country
USA
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Description
Black double action Colt .357 magnum revolver with 4 inch (10 cm) barrel, rubber grips and exposed hammer.
Classification
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Firearms revolver
Production date
1977
Production place
USA
Measurements
L 245 x H140 x W40 mm
Media/Materials description
Steel (Metals - Ferrous) Rubber (Synthetic Materials)
Signature/Marks
49957E
PYTHON 357 \ 357 MAGNUM CTG
COLTS PT. FA. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CONN. U.S.A.
History and use
A legacy of Terrence John Clark, head of the infamous "Mr Asia" drug running syndicate, this weapon was in his possession when he was arrested in Brisbane, at the Gazebo Hotel on June 9th 1978. Unconfirmed accounts indicate that the manager was made suspicious because Mr Clarke had apparently signed the hotel register as "J Petersen, MP" in quiet mockery of the premier, Joh Bjelke Petersen.

In the 1970's the "Mr Asia" drug syndicate, originating in New Zealand with Terrence Clark at its head, imported hundreds of kilograms of heroin into Australia, New Zealand and Britain, with a conservative street value in 2004 of about 850 million Australian dollars. The gang, and Terrence Clark in particular, were also noted for extreme violence as well as a free spending lifestyle. The murder of one of the gang members by Mr Clark in Britain after a botched drug deal in Thailand, and the subsequent discovery and identification of the body finally resulted in Terry Clark's arrest in Brisbane, extradition to Britain, and conviction for murder.

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Registration number
H46632

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