.44 Magnum Colt Anaconda in three barrel lengths
|Place of origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Colt’s Manufacturing Company|
|Feed system||Six round cylinder|
|Sights||Adjustable open iron sights|
Built on a new and heavier ‘AA’ frame, the Anaconda was brought out to compete with .44 Magnum contemporaries.
When originally introduced Anacondas were plagued with poor accuracy, but changes to the barrels quickly corrected the problems to the point that Colt billed its new pistol as among the most accurate .44 Magnum revolvers in production.
Anaconda revolvers were primarily marketed for sport enthusiast shooters and hunters, as they are too large for law enforcement general duty use or concealed-carry, although made-to-order limited production versions of the gun continued to be available from the Colt custom gun shop until approximately 2003.
Originally chambered for the .44 Magnum cartridge, in 1993 the Anaconda began to be offered in .45 Colt cartridge as well.
Initially marketed with a satin brushed stainless finish, a highly polished mirror-like option known as “Ultimate Stainless” was cataloged for a time through the Colt Custom Shop.
Anacondas came equipped with four, six, or eight inch barrels, neoprenesyntheticrubber finger-grooved combat-stylegrips with nickel colored ‘Rampant Colt’ medallions, large target type hammers and triggers, as well as open iron sightswith a red insert front and fully adjustable white outline rear.
The trigger actions on these guns are rated as very high-quality, and the heavy-duty solid construction and weight tends to absorb recoil, making the Anaconda relatively easy to shoot with heavy loads.
Introduced in 1993, the Kodiak was similar to the Anaconda in that it was constructed entirely of stainless steel, but offered the additional features of a recoil-reducing factory magna-ported barrel and unfluted cylinder.
There were 2000 Kodiaks made as a special run of Anacondas, breaking away from their long history of naming revolvers after snakes. A special run of 1000 King Cobras was made about the same time, having the same Magna-Ported barrel and unfluted cylinder and were called the Grizzly.
There was an uncataloged 5″ barrel version of the Anaconda, with reportedly less than 150 made. These 5″ versions command very high prices when they are encountered. Additionally, Colt made an extremely low number of 4″ barrel Anacondas chambered in .45 Colt. This ultra-rare variation commands a premium price when encountered as well.