The Colt Anaconda high powered revolver was the company's response to other manufacturers successful production runs of large-bore revolvers chambered for the .44 Magnum cartridge.

When first introduced in 1990, the Anaconda came built on Colt's new AA frame. While the gun as a whole closely resembles the Colt Python line of service revolvers, the frame was made both larger and stronger in order to properly handle the significantly demanding nature of the .44 Magnum round.

Anaconda revolvers features the characteristic full-length barrel underlug and over-barrel ribbing. Both the barrel and cylinder were made of heavy-guage steel designed for the dual purpose of increased accuracy and the ability to handle recoil and facilitate faster follow up shots.

The heavy barrel with Anaconda rollmarks is probably the single most distinguising feature of these revolvers. Unfotunately, sometimes things which look good from afar can be far from good. This was the case with early run Anaconda revolver sets. The barrels gained a reputation for being less-than-acceptable where accuracty was concerned which, of course, threatened future sales of the gun. Colt responded quickly however by tuning the barrel production techniques and eventally began heralding the high powered revolver as one of the most accurate on the market and was eventually offered in 4-inch, 6-inch, and 8-inch barrel lengths.

The capacity of Anaconda high powered revolvers is 6 rounds of .44 Magnum or .44 Special. While less prevelant, the gun was also offered in .45 Colt as well. Trigger setup is in the standard Double-Action/Single-Action system typical to most modern revolvers. A fixed front blade sight and an adjustable rear target sight came standard.

A production feature unique to Anacondoa is the fact that Colt only produced the revovlers in either satin or high-polished stainless steel. No blued finish variant was ever made from the initial production run in 1990 to it's official cancelation in 1999. The company did continue to produce Anaconda revolver in their custom shop until 2003 however and it is possible that some of these guns could have received a blued finish made-to-order.

Reviews of the Colt Anaconda high powered revolver can be found belown. We've bundled together both the .44 Magnum and .45 Colt variants in this one review set, so feel free to write your thoughts on either one if you have had a chance to used one of these guns for hunting, target shooting, or home defense in the past.