New Colt Cobra .38 Special revolver

Well, it would appear the prayers of Colt enthusiasts have been answered. It was Colt Media Day at Gunsite when the specs were released to a select group of members of the gun media. I was fortunate enough to be in the room and I was not the only person there with my mouth wide open is disbelief and excitement.  We were allowed plenty of time to examine the new Colt revolver up close then proceeded to the range for live fire.

Once I made it to the range, I decided to put enough time in on the new revolver in order to give a review on that gun. Allison and I both ran a dozen or so cylinders of Double Tap 148gr .38 Special wad cutter ammunition through the Colt Cobra as well as talking and filming others that were also spending a lot of time with the little revolver. Though similar to the original Cobra, there are some improvements made to update the design.

 

My friends Max and Kevin from Colt and Major Ed from Folds of Honor wringing out the new Colt Cobra.

Paul from Colt, who is as good as an instructor as he is shooter.

 

 

The major improvements over the original Cobra are an enhanced leaf mainspring, making the hammer throw smooth and even. A user changeable front sight with choices of a a brass bead, night sight, and a fiber optic. By simply removing a set screw at the muzzle, and pulling the front sight straight up it is an easy swap.

 

Enhanced trigger guard, being larger for more room inside while the location changed to avoid getting your fingers hammered between the guard and stocks during live fire. The trigger broke at eight pounds in double action and two pounds in single action. The trigger is very reminiscent of the original smooth Colt revolver triggers, and should satisfy even the most scrupulous Colt revolver fan.

 

Low profile hammer to reduce the chance of a snag and factory installed Hogue overmolded rubber stocks for added comfort when shooting +P .38 Special. The Cobra uses a transfer bar safety so the hammer can rest on a loaded cylinder safely.

It was no problem at all keeping six rounds in a six inch circle from twenty five feet, with double or single action. Being a revolver there were no reliability options through four different examples and hundreds of Double Tap rounds. When the revolver was introduced it was hinted this design could easily be scaled up to larger revolvers, so take that for what you will but I have all idea Colt is entering back into the revolver game with quality models that do the Colt lineage proud. I am confident this little Colt will serve well as a defensive revolver and I look forward to seeing what else Colt has in store for the future.

Estimated MSRP will be $699

The revolver is made from matte stainless steel, has a fully lugged,  six-groove, one in fourteen inches left-hand twist two inch barrel .

Capacity 6 rounds

Length 7.2” long,

Height 4.9”

Width  1.4”

weight 25 ozs.

trigger pull 8 pounds double action/2 pounds single action

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38 Responses to New Colt Cobra .38 Special revolver

  1. LouisianaMan January 1, 2017 at 12:52 am #

    This is great news!!!! Can’t wait to learn more of the details, but thanks for the headstart!

  2. Paul Wortman January 1, 2017 at 1:24 am #

    Colt has heard my prayers! I MUST use revolvers due to disabilities with my hands. Years ago I stumbled upon a Colt Magnum Carry in 357 mag. I picked it up to replace my all time favorite series 3 Detective Spl, which I had dropped in river accidentally! It is the only revolver which I manipulate well enough to do a quasi-combat reload.
    Now I can pickup another to carry for a “New York reload”!

    • Paul Wortman January 1, 2017 at 1:31 am #

      NOW I wait for them to redo the Trooper M IV, 4″, in 357Mag!

  3. Andre Horochiwsky January 1, 2017 at 1:30 am #

    Awesome review, thanks!

  4. Patrick Foret January 1, 2017 at 6:10 am #

    I was a bit worried that Colt wouldn’t make it out of it’s money woes and when I read of the new financing I had stated that I wished they would start making their great revolvers again. Looks as prayers are being answered. You made my day,week,month,etc.

  5. Brett January 1, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Hunter – Thank you for another great review. The million dollar question is now (and I am betting

    the same question was asked during Range Day) when will the new Python be officially released

    and available?

  6. Brian January 1, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Just found your site today. Thanks for the review. Lots of people really excited about this. Was there any mention of a lightweight frame version?

    • Hunter Elliott January 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

      So far there has not been any more information released on the Cobra but as soon as I know I will keep you updated.

  7. bob January 1, 2017 at 11:27 am #

    Why double the price? Over their competition that’s why a great company is in trouble

    • Hunter Elliott January 1, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

      MSRP is in line with similar revolvers of like quality.

      • Mike January 1, 2017 at 11:13 pm #

        What? The 36..I don’t think it’s a fair price either. Taurus has done the industry a service by making these guns a lot more affordable..I know, you don’t have to tell me. I get it. Lots of lemons..or lots of malarkey. I don’t know because I don’t own one. But I mean, how these guns are priced, it’s like they don’t want anyone selling them. Hell, you can’t even catch a break on used ones. Dan Wessons are skyrocketing too.

        I’m grateful that colt decided to start making wheelguns again, but a snub for 700 (625 is my guess) that’s kind of a bummer..You can’t tell me the old heads from the yesteryears made these, they’re probably all dead. Hopefully they got some other offerings down the line, and this isn’t a stunt to cash in on an old legacy.

  8. 18DAI January 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

    Finally a new revolver with everything you need and nothing you dont! It has been years since I was excited by the introduction of a new revolver. S&w? Never heard of her.

    I hope Colt eats their lunch! S&w can stick their overpriced wind up guns that they have arrogantly shoved down our throats for the last 16 years. Best revolver news in over a decade!

    • Mike January 1, 2017 at 11:06 pm #

      Funny you say Smith is overpriced..This gun will cost the same as a model 36 which is the Smith equivalent. Well, actually it’ll be way under msrp due to being a snub 38 and not selling quite well, or snatched up and thrown on secondary market at a huge premium due to the hype. Look at Dan Wessons today, it’s insane. This colt is also overpriced, just as the Smith is. You’re right about one thing, I’m sick to the back teeth of being expected to pay nearly a grand for a decent 357. Let alone a .44, I can build a serious AR, or buy two great semi’s for the price of some of these wheelguns. They aren’t hand made anymore. They’re starting to break more often and those god forsaken locks are nearly a safety hazard in themselves.

      Right now, for your money, I think a GP100 is the closest to a fair priced wheelgun. And they can take the punishment, just need some work on the trigger.

  9. Steven H. Warrick January 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

    I am anxious to see them reintroduce the King Cobra and the Anaconda.

  10. eduardo yap January 2, 2017 at 1:12 am #

    Dealer in Australia please…so I can purchase one for my better half…

  11. Philippic January 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm #

    This is the best review I’ve found so far. Interesting.

    It looks as though rather than going with the simpler coil spring as in the last all stainless DS II and Magnum Carry revolvers, Colt returned to a V spring setup similar to the venerated Detective Special and Python models. Cool. It also looks like the barrel shroud shroud profile is a lighter, milled down version of the last small frame revolvers. Does that portend a heavy profile barrel reserved for the .357 version?

    I imagine that if they did eventually produce a .357, it would be priced somewhere between the S&W 640 Pro and the Kimber K6S. I don’t see the need for a .357 in this class of gun when modern .38 +P is so good, but options are nice.

    • Mike January 3, 2017 at 2:17 am #

      I don’t really see the “need” for this model to be chambered for 357 unless they offered a longer barrel. I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t find a 2 inch Magnum very desirable. It’s perfect the way it is, just not really excited about another j frame sized 38. The 686 needs a serious competitor. Ruger makes a hell of a gun but their actions leave much to be desired. The smoothness of a colt would be much appreciated. I mean I’m looking for a Dan Wesson 15V right now because I can’t find anything new that excentuates the revolvers grace in shooting my favorite cartiage.

  12. Barbara January 3, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

    Great review really enjoyed it and would buy one in a second. Keep up good work.

    Barbara

  13. R W Stalcup January 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    With a 3 inch barrel please😂

  14. Rodney DeMott January 6, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    Great News for 2017
    I don’t know about others but I would love to have a new Python in my collection and will be adding the Cobra ASAP

  15. Dick F January 7, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Us wheelgun nutz are jazzed. I got a Smith 640 on Black Tuesday (11/8/08) and it’s worn in to match my Python’s trigger, so I’m going to pass on this one, but I’m holding my breath for the Anaconda. I even made room in my gun safe for the biggest snake.

  16. Ostensor January 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    Good luck finding one anytime soon. They are already on allocation and impossible to find. I suspect the real price will be much higher than retail.

  17. Tim February 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    I heard that one of the Colt models at Shot Show 2017 locked up and was taken out of the action for the rest of the show. Did Colt give an explanation for this? I love my father’s python and hope they come out with more of the snake line. But I worry that quality has and will suffer in the name of price.

  18. Tim February 3, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

    I heard that one of the Colt models at Shot Show 2017 locked up and was taken out of the action for the rest of the show. Did Colt give an explanation for this? I love my father’s python and hope they come out with more of the snake line. But I worry that quality has and will suffer in the name of price.

    • Hunter Elliott February 3, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

      I did not see or hear about that. There were the same numbers of Cobras on the last day as there were the first.
      All of them ran fine at Gunsite during media day.

  19. Brian Alexander April 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    I hope Colt re-introduces the Python to its revolver line. I’d like to see it with a 8 shot cylinder, and a 6 pound trigger pull for double action. If the cost doesn’t become too high, they should sell like hotcakes.

  20. Pmacksr June 9, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    Can’t wait to get one.

    One way that used to be taught to hold a revolver for right hand shooters, was to cross your left thumb over the back of your right thumb behind the hammer to get a good consistent grip that was repeatable for accuracy and helped control recoil. When semi-autos became popular, this grip hold could get and did cut many left thumbs as the slide sliced your thumb as it moved to the rear.

    A modified grip that worked for revolver shooters who regularly shot semi-autos, was and still should be is the grip being used by Hunter Elliot in this video. Instead of crossing your left thumb over the right behind the hammer, hold the right thumb down with the left thumb on the left side of the revolvers frame. This is a repeatable for accuracy and still controls a revolvers recoil. This grip works and has been proven to work with semi-autos too.

    Recently, semi-auto shooters are being taught to to run both thumbs along the frame of the semi-auto with the left thumb in front of the right.
    I strongly disagree with this grip hold. When used on a revolver, you are putting your left thumb by the front of the revolvers cylinder which can release a lot of the pressure when the round is fired which can cause severe injury to the shooters left and right thumbs especially if the cylinder fails if shooting over pressured rounds.

    The teaching of two different grips for handguns whether semi-auto or a revolver is not a good idea. During a high stress gunfight, you are going to grip it the way you shoot the most often. This could leave you trying to grip a very bloody and now slippery handgun which will certainly put you at a disadvantage. Learn to hold your handguns with the same grip to avoid this. I speak from experience on that one.

    The modified revolver semi-auto grip has won many shooting challenges, because it works.

    Watch this video and the shooters who run their thumbs along the frame are experiencing more recoil as they shoot the revolver with a semi-auto grip. You can see they are taking longer to get back on target because they are letting recoil control the sight timing.

    Happy trails….

  21. Pmacksr June 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    Oops bight my tongue. In the very beginning of the video, Hunter Elliot has the proper modified revolver grip mentioned above and in the very end of the video he uses the modified grip. You can see he has controlled the recoil and gets back on target quickly. Watch what happens elsewhere in the video when he tries to use the new semi-auto thumbs on the slide. Even though he should be able to muscle the recoil,it still has an effect on his sight times.

    Now what’s the best way to shoot single action…..

    Happy Trails…..

  22. Aaron Sable July 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    Wish I knew were to purchase one, no dealer can give me any info of when they will be able to get one.

    • Hunter Elliott July 5, 2017 at 4:22 am #

      They are shipping from Colt in numbers so it may be a good idea to call a few dealers and see what they can do for you.

  23. Pmacksr July 5, 2017 at 10:20 am #

    Arms Unlimiited in Las Vegas

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