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