Colt King Cobra Revolver



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The King Cobra was intended to challenge the Ruger GP100 which also made its debut on the cover of G&A in 1986. Up to that point, Ruger revolvers were regarded as the less-­expensive alternative to Colt’s due to designs better suited for Ruger’s manufacturing efficiencies, including investment casting. Colt responded with the King Cobra, which was easier to manufacture than other revolvers. Among its other fine details, the King Cobra featured a coil mainspring; a solid rather-­than vent-­rib barrel; synthetic grips and a number of cast-­steel parts. The King Cobra was a well-­reviewed serpent, but a Python it was not.

Colt King Cobra Specs

  • Type: Double action, revolver
  • Cartridge: .357 Mag./.38 Spl.
  • Capacity: 6 rds
  • Overall Length: 8.25 in.
  • Height: 4.85 in.
  • Weight: 1 lb., 7 oz.
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: Brushed; semi-gloss
  • Grip: Hogue, rubber, textured
  • Trigger: 9.5 lbs. (DA), 3.75 lbs. (SA)
  • Safety: Transfer bar
  • Sights: Fixed, brass bead (front); notch (rear)
  • MSRP: $900
  • Manufacturer: Colt Manufacturing Co., 800-962-2658,


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