COLT COBRA REVIEW PART 1

The Cobra arrived from Colt last week and now that it is in my hot little hands, the long promised review can start.

The Cobra came out  over a year ago and made some noise as Colt’s noteworthy return to  double action revolvers.

A lot of people who want Pythons have griped about it  because it is not the Python they have been demanding in recent years .  All I can say to that is 1)  How many of those people were buying those much desired Pythons when colt was still making them and trying to sell them?  There is a reason Colt stops making a certain model and it is not because they were selling too many of them.  2)  Just hold your horses and see how well this “test the waters”  revolver goes, and you may get what you claim you want later.

Colt  has wisely decided to not jump elbow deep into making DA wheel guns again by making the kind of revolver most people who buy and carry revolvers actually want and carry.   This may seem to not make sense to come people when the look online and see all the clamoring for the Pythons.    Well think about all the times you have  been on a web forum and seen people telling some company “Oh, if you make that, you will get all the money!”   Sometimes they even proclaim they would buy one.  In reality, they won’t.  In fact, most of them saying it won’t.   Fact is a lot of people like the idea of something being out there, even if they have no plans to every buy it.       Or it would not be exactly the way the wanted it.   The barrel would be too long, or too short, or the wrong finish, or it would be too expensive or too cheap, or it would not be tactical enough.

With that in mind I think the new Cobra is a good way to test those treacherous waters.   It does not cater to the guys who want 2,000 dollar Pythons just for collectors value, or the big bore handgun hunters. Neither of which are a majority.  It is meant for the real majority.  People who want to carry a small, compact simple revolver.  Now lets take a look at it.

The Cobra has a stainless steel finish – not a bright polished stainless, but the nice balance of satin and matte.   It has the iconic Colt cylinder release and the always present Colt  Horse  logo.   The barrel has the rest of the Company info on the right side.  If you wished you could get one in a polished mirror like finish, the good news is you can polish this finish into a mirror yourself with some elbow grease and the right compounds.  A lot of  buyers have already done this and you can see how to videos on YouTube and gun forums.   I love the look of that mirror finish polished SS but for carry…      I scratch guns up too fast and the reflection  that polished stainless gives off makes me uncomfortable  with the idea of carrying a gun so ostentatious.  Not so much for fashion, but more for I don’t want it to be so obvious.

The muzzle of the barrel has a very nice recessed crown to protect it from damage.  A very nice touch for a gun meant to be used and used seriously.

As you can see above, the front sight is a fiber optic  red/orange  that shows up well in  daylight and gathers all available light when light conditions would make a plain front sight blade hard to see.

The rear sight is the standard revolver humped  up back with notch for alignment.  Which is what you would want from a gun many will stick in a purse, a pocket, or who knows what else that would make it easy to snag a rear sight on when trying to draw. Or have on a belt, that would allow an adjustable sight to tear the lining out of shirts, jackets, or coats.

The left side of the barrel tells you what you are shooting.  The Cobra is a  .38 Special rated for +P rounds.   I know a few have said they would  rather it have been in  .357 Magnum and at first I agreed. Then I remembered how it feels to shoot a .357 in a gun that small and light and how many people with a .357 gun in this  size never really carry .357 loads in it anyway and just use  .38 Spl and  reconsidered.   The .38 Spl in a modern +P load is enough.  It allows the gun to be a bit smaller and not as expensive as well and it sure is easier on the hand for most people who carry more than they ever shoot.     It makes me wonder how well  Cobra chambered in 9mm or 45ACP would would sell though.    As I said above though, lots of people ask for all manner of odd ball things from gun makers. Usually it’s only something the person demanding it would buy.

With loading in mind, the grip are nice soft comfy Hogue rubber grips but with the Colt logo.    These feel great for shooting hot loads.  Now Colt offers the Cobra with other choices in grips. My favorite being the ones made by VZ Grips with the Colt logo made into the G10 material .

Last on our list is the inside.  Everyone knows what the inside of a DA revolver looks like. That is not what I want you to see.  I want you to see what impressed me. The total lack of tool marks or swirls and all the things usually inside of a gun’s guts hidden from the  outer world.

Other than some burnt powder crud, that is some smooth internals.   It looks like it has had attention to detail lavished on it.  This is what people talk about when they are going on about the Colt revolvers of yore.     If you are a  Colt wheel gun guy, I do not think you will be let down.

 

Now, the stock trigger of a DA revolver usually feels like trying to bend a nail to me.  I am a single action semi auto guy to the core. I will never change.    But this trigger feels good!   Easy to  keep the sights on target through the entire pull, and that is a challenge for me usually.   Hand me a gun like this and I will always opt to cock  it to single action fire  if I have a choice.  But with this one, I am seeing what draws some people to a fine DA 6 shooters.  I have dry fired it for about 1 hour every night for 7 days, and I have  learned a lot about how to quickly fire a DA revolver.    If any of you 6 shooters have any tips for me, please share in the comments.

 

That is the end of Part 1 which is usually my  thoughts on a guns looks, how it works, and the features, etc.   In Part 2, we will get it fired up, see what accuracy it has, and shoot it as far as I can manage.

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9 thoughts on “COLT COBRA REVIEW PART 1”

  1. Why are the pictures on this blog so small? Is it a problem with my browser? The articles are amazing, so I assume the pictures would be as well if I could see them.

    1. Vic, its not your browser, it is something that happened when we went this new site. The old one would allow us to upload pics and then if you wanted to , you could click on them to enlarge. Obviously the pictures are small here on the new site and you are not the first to mention in. Im not a computer tech guy but I *think, that is has something to do with the amount of images and how much they take up under what we pay for the site and the way it is set up it compresses them or something or other. This allows us more space to add more picture without having to pay more. But I have never really like readers not being able to at least click the image to make it bigger. I will talk with my partner the other co-owner of the looserounds about this later tonight and see if there is something we can do about it even if it means we have to pay more for it or whatever. Or at least Howard can maybe make a post about why it is the way it is and comment on it. I apologize the image size leaves a lot to be desired. I am aware of it and complaints have not gone unnoticed .

      1. Thanks for the reply, Shawn. I really enjoyed the high-res pictures you guys had on the old blog. They stood out among those small, dinky, poorly lit pictures posted on other websites or fora. It’s almost like 99% of gun guys can’t figure out how to work a digital camera 😀

  2. I’m an old school kinda guy, so I’ve been a revolver man all my life. I’ve got an STI 1911 and a Walther PPQ, but for me there’s nothing like shooting double action with a K-frame Smith that has a good trigger job. I shoot much better with a revolver than I do with a semiauto and I’m close to making revolver Master grade with the PPC matches I normally shoot. My PPC revolver will shoot 1 inch groups of a rest at 50 yards.

    I recommend you find someone who has a Smith PPC racegun and give it a go. Your life will never be the same!

    If you want to know how to do it right, Massad Ayoob is your man. He has a number of good articles on the net about DA revolver shooting techniques, including using the distal joint of the trigger finger for enhanced leverage, and the importance of an extra tight grip. Google will find them for you.

    1. thanks Buddy I been reading Mas’s stuff all my life. I’m afraid there is no way for me to find some one here around me with a slicked up wheel gun to try. I’m not totally ignorant of all the various methods of how to get the most out of a DA revolver. I thought more about it last night and the thing with it is just the size of my fingers. I got stubby shortish fingers. Thats one of the reason the M1911 is so perfect in my hand.
      I appreciate the skill of some one like you and a revolver but its just always going to be beyond my ability to shoot one on DA fast and accurately. But it is only prudent for me to try to become at least capable with one in case I have to pick one up with nothing else is around. I’m pretty sure all of my revolver shooting otherwise will be restricted to single action and very slow fire

      1. Ah….I see…short fingers and DA revolver shooting don’t go well together because you’ll have trouble maintaining a good grip while getting the distal joint onto the trigger. You’ll probably get the pad of the finger in just the right place on a semiauto though. All is explained.

        I have the opposite problem with big hands and long fingers….maybe one of the reasons I prefer wheelguns!

  3. This is a wise business decision by Colt (perhaps their first in about 30 years… but that’ s another tale) to put out a CCW-capable .38 Special +P-rated DA revolver.

    I’ve seen one locally, and I’m considering buying one for CCW work – just because I like wheelguns. There’s absolutely no reason for a .357 Mag in a revolver with a shorter than 4″ barrel – none. A .38 Spl +P will get you what you need without the noise, the huge muzzle bloom, the painful recoil in a light/small revolver.

    What Colt did on the internals would be of major interest to me. If someone would do a review where they pull the grip panels and take pics of the internal lockwork, that would tell me volumes about what Colt is thinking going forward…

  4. Anybody who wants Colt to make a new Python had better get their butts down to their LGS and buy one or two of these Cobras.

    -John M.

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