The announcement of the Colt Cobra left a lot of questions on the table. Literally, I was at Colt’s table and asking questions. Mainly the same one they heard probably all day. What about the Python? Well, no news on that front. However, hands with Colt’s new Cobra seems promising.
The advantage of the old Colt was a 6 round capacity in what was traditionally a 5 round platform. That remains, as does the pull toggle cylinder release. As you’d image the gun is well finished and the modern polymer grips fit it well. Although I hope to see wood grips somewhere in the future.
The Colt Cobra on the range
I through some standard 38 Special loads through the gun, as did about everyone at range day. The gun can handle +P loads as well. The range model was blackened from the powder burns around the cylinder and it was impossible to handle it without getting dirty. There was a five-gallon bucket full of brass as a testament to its popularity.
The trigger was a masterpiece, well smoothed by heavy use. I would venture to say it was better than the Ruger LCR’s trigger. The toggle was reactive, the sights were solid, and the gun hit where I was aiming. I did have two failures to fire. The booth attendant advised to ensure the trigger was fully forward before firing again. After the first failure to ignite, I ensure I slapped the trigger guard after every shot. Yet still had a second failure to ignite. Both rounds fired on the second hammer strike.
The guns reeks of quality, and I’m willing to believe the gun was well worn because of the amount of shooting cone that day without a cleaning. The introduction of the Colt wheel guns are something a lot of gun enthusiasts were clamoring for, and I’m excited to see where they go.
(Featured Image Courtesy of Colt)