COLT COBRA PART 2 ACCURACY REVIEW

 

Last time in part 1 we took a look at the gun.

COLT COBRA REVIEW PART 1

Now we are going to take a look at how accurate it is.  I won’t bother saying anything about reliability, it is a double action revolver after all and one made by Colt so it obviously will work.

I shot a variety of  commercial factory loads  for accuracy at 25 yards.  The Buffalo Bore plus P load being one of the best.  It was also one of the hottest.  While it shot great it was not a pleasure to shoot out of a small compact revolver.

I tried this 90 grain lighter load in anticipating that a lot of users of a gun this size would buy loads that may mitigate recoil.   It wasn’t a tack driving load but it is certainly  pretty decent.   I would carry it and use it inside the ranges I expected  I could make a hit under pressure with a snub nose.

 

The next was the Hornady critical defense flex tip, 110 grain bullet. Another lighter load.  Again, it shot pretty good.

The worst of the ammo I tried  was the Winchester super X.  Not gonna set the world on fire.

I’m not going to lie,  I have never been much of a wheel gun shooter and even less of a snub nosed revolver guy. The lighter guns surprised me how tiresome it can get shooting for groups with stiff loads.  I was happy try this reduced recoil self defense load from federal.  It shot great too.   The best group picture blurred and already tossed the target,  but here is the second best group.

 

I had a few rounds of this Fioocchi some one gave me a few months ago.  I fired all ten rounds  offhand at 25 yards at the head just to use them up.  I was dumbstuck at how well it shot and how well I shot on double action off hand.  May be because I was relaxed and did it just to goof.     But, surprises  do happen if you shoot enough long enough.  I wish I had  more of this ammo to   shoot another group from the bags.

 

 

Lastly, again because I aim to please, the 10 0 yard target.  I fired these from a rest, but not bags, at a man sized-ish  target to see what  all CCW guns could do if pressed into having to make a critical longer range shot.  Ammo was the stiff Buffalo Bore +P round.

 

A few notes.   I need more time to get uses to the revolver sights.  I am used to a back sight like a Novak  or BOMAR. The trench in the top strap with front sight is something I keep shooting too high with.   I would really have to work with revolvers with this sight set up for a while to get used to that if I intended to carry it.   Using +P ammo in a small frame revolver, even in 38spl  gets hard on the hands after a while, rubber grips are a must for me anyways.

The action of the Cobra is very slick  and smooth.  Lovers of the mythologized python would no doubt like the action of the Cobra. I have never shot a revolver on DA  as well as I have this one.  It is a nice  compact gun that I can find no fault with if you are looking for one to CCW or just to buy cause you like 6 shooters.  For a closer look at the gun, its finish and craftsmanship, refer back to part one in the link above.

6 thoughts on “COLT COBRA PART 2 ACCURACY REVIEW”

  1. Shawn, thank you for doing this thorough review of the Cobra.

    As a result of this, I’m going to make room in my budget this fall for a Cobra.

    I like wheelguns for several reasons. I’ve laid out my rational for liking wheelguns on Hognose’s site and on TTAG over the years, I don’t think I need to repeat them here.

    What I will say is that most people don’t appreciate just how accurate revolvers can be – or how accurate the high-end products from S&W and Colt used to be.

    Two examples: The S&W K-38 Target Masterpiece .38 S&W and the Colt Officer’s Model Target. Both excellent revolvers, top-shelf work, hand-fitted. The Colt Officer’s Model Target was given a level of finish and fitting you see later in the Python, and the pre-WWII models are truly prized handguns to own.

    Now, on the subject of shooting revolvers:

    1. On revolvers, unlike pistols, your grips make a substantial difference in your “natural point” of the gun. Typically, if you’re tending to shoot too low, your grips, esp. the bottom of your grips, are too small for your hands. Likewise, if you tend to shoot high, your grips are probably too large for your hands.

    2. When you’re using a revolver for single-shot shooting, don’t use just one chamber on the cylinder. This used to be an old school practice – guys would find the one chamber that gave them the best group, and then they’d use that one chamber, over and over, for slow-fire target shooting. This practice will eventually wear the takedown pin into an oval of sorts, and the cylinder will loosen up in a very irregular fashion.

    3. Many revolvers, especially the modern revolver offerings, can have their DA triggers improved quite dramatically by a gunsmith. The work is called an “action job” and it involves polishing all of the pivots and parts that pivot on the pivot points in the lockwork, as well as (in the Smith) reducing the rebound spring force.

    The target .22LR and .38 Special target revolvers of old were very, very credible target handguns. Even a “defense” revolver could be made to shoot excellent groups. I’m glad to see that Colt has produced a winner of a revolver here…

    • hey it’s my pleasure man. It really is a nice gun. They really put all their ability into making these new cobras, Its pretty clear they knew they had a pretty big standard to live up to from the older models. I appreciate the advice on shooting the 6 guns. It’s never been something I had much time with. Fact is I have spent 999999.99999 of my time shooting `1911s exclusively. I bet I have spent as little time shooting non-1911 handguns over my entire life as most people have shooting machine guns. The time I have spent shooting pistols not 1911s all added up together might equal a 40 hour work week. maybe. The good side of that is I have become good enough with a 1911 to toss skeet in the air with one hand and shoot them with the other. Its no big thing as people think, anyone with as much time shooting one certain handgun as I have could do the same thing. Its a weakness of mine that I have not spent enough time with other models but its never bothered me

      • I completely understand. After I was taught how to shoot a .22LR handgun, the first centerfire handgun I shot as a kid was a 1911. I was taught to shoot rifle & pistol by two Marines, vets of the Pacific Campaign. One of them had his 1911 from WWII, and when he taught me, that 1911 had seen lots of hard use – but he would hear of no other gun for his protection. He reckoned it got him through the island campaign, so there was no reason to ever doubt it.

        I own (lemme think here) four 1911’s in different configurations, one of which I built from Caspian castings. The only objection I ever have to 1911’s are the wee little Officer (or smaller) models. The timing on 1911’s just seems to get marginal when the slide mass falls below a certain point, IMO. Otherwise, the 1911 is my preferred pistol over everything else. Because it was the first pistol I was trained on, and the pistol which I have the most rounds through as a life total (and that’s a lot of rounds on a couple of different 1911’s), I don’t even have to think about how to operate a 1911.

        That said, I got into revolvers just before I went to TSJC to ‘smithing school. Then, at TSJC, one of our instructors was a revolver man going back decades, and I quickly learned to appreciate revolvers even more, and Colt’s finest revolvers were truly something to behold.

        I’ve said this many times: My go-to recommendation for older people for a home defense gun is a revolver – for many very good reasons. I’ve long since lost patience with the Tacti-kewl Tommies who think that Grandma should have a Glock or some other plastic wundernine. The fact is, people lose muscle mass and strength as they get older. I get to see this quite often in my other gig as a EMT. Older folks (especially women) not only can’t rack a slide on a semi-auto, they can’t even hold onto the slide to rack it. There is no way for Grammy to simply “hold on tighter.” At a certain point, the only thing people can do is try to slow down the loss of muscle mass – but mark my words, they’re not stopping it. A S&W Model 10 is perhaps one of the best recommendations I could make for an elderly person living alone as a home defense piece.

        A revolver won’t short-stroke from an operator holding it without a firm hand, a revolver won’t jam from magazine problems, a revolver has a point-n-click interface, and a long trigger pull for safety – but revolvers don’t have any other safety. For elderly people (and there are lots of them around our community), revolvers are, IMO, the perfect home/self defense handgun. They address the problems that older folks have in handling guns. And a .38 Special does more than enough at in-house ranges to be a credible defensive gun.

        I like smithing on revolvers; Colts are sometimes quite challenging to get the timing right. S&W’s and Rugers are quite straightforward to work on.

    • I have a 1960 vintage S&W Model 14, and it’s a magnificent piece. It stirs my soul every time I pick it up.

      I’m with you DG, I’ve always been a wheelgun man. They just have soul.

  2. Good shooting man.

    Not surprised about the accuracy of the Fiocchi ammo. 148gn wadcutter in .38 Special is *the* classic wheelgun target load. That stuff will shoot 1 inch groups at 50m in my heavy barrelled PPC racegun.

    Keep up the good work and happy shooting.

    Cheers from Oz!

  3. I finally found some time to read this follow-up to part 1. Excellent evaluation. I am really impressed with the accuracy of such a short barrel. Your post here is tempting me to shoot my Cobra.

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