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.