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New Colt King Cobra 4.25"

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Huntolive, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. Huntolive

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    Hello gentleman,
    Does anyone actually have one of these in real life?
    I got the three in new model king cobra and love it, I replaced my Ruger LCR with it. The king cobra 3in is far more accurate and so much more pleasurable to see, touch and shoot.
    But I haven't seen anything other than reviews about the four and a quarter inch version.
    How accurate are they actually?
    Compared say to a 686 or a Dan Wesson 15-2 with an equal length barrel?
    How's the trigger?
    does anybody know for a fact if they're going to come out with a 6in version or a new rendition of the Python in the next 2 years?
    I'm not sure if I should get a four and a quarter inch if whatever becomes available or wait for the 6-inch, or just completely save my money.
     
  2. GooseGestapo

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    They are just starting to show up in the supply chain.
    That’s the good news.
    Problem is, they’re about 30yrs too late...

    I’m looking forward to handling/ shooting one. If they’ve designed out the heavy “stacking” of trigger pressure and “snatch” of the cylinder locking at the end of the d/a trigger pull, they’ll have a winner!

    Colt lost out to S&W on trigger pull, and Ruger for price and rugged durability, back in the day. And, lack of innovation.

    If they’ll add the Pythons vent rib to the barrel, they’ll sell boat loads of them.
    It’s good to see Colt coming back!
     
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  3. bannockburn

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    Huntolive

    I would get one provided everything checks out okay (especially with the trigger). Use to be a big fan of the Colt Trooper Mk.III and Mk.V and if this new King Cobra Target is as good as those older guns were then maybe we'll see more revolvers being made by Colt.
     
  4. sevt_chevelle

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    Agreed!
    Am not a revolver guy by any means, I own 1 a SAA in 44 mag, but have always lusted after a Python. The Python is such a classic, sexy and timeless design IMO.
    Colt missed the mark by not adding the rib, I would buy one.
     
  5. Huntolive

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    While I also would love to see a new and AFFORDABLE python,
    I'd also like to see other variations of the new affordable king cobra such as 6 inch barrel with Target sights.
    But to the guy who isn't a revolver guy there are so so many great revolvers out there that are affordable python is not the only game in town even a GP100 is an impressive piece
    And I seriously doubt a python could outshoot my Dan Wesson 15 - 2 that I was able to buy overtime 4 total of $600 with both an 8 and 6 inch barrel.
     
  6. Huntolive

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    By the way I own the 3in new model king cobra and the trigger is outstanding and the metal is deliciously smooth it is very accurate for 3 inch barrel
     
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  7. Crowman

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    I own all three of the new Colts... 2017 Cobra, 2018 Night Cobra and the 2019 3” King Cobra. I am jonesing for the 4.2” King Cobra Target and will get one as soon as available. Got my “gun guy” looking...

    I have a number of Colts from the early 20th century in several calibers including a target Trooper 3.5.7. That has been worked on and Magnaported and has a bottom lug added. I can honestly say that my new snakes will out shoot it. That thing weighs more than an Alaskan! Need two wheels to transport it. It dates from the early 1960’s and all I’ve got to say is that the new ones are every bit as smooth as the classics, if not better. The DA runs around 8 lbs and the SA lets off at around 3 lbs with no discernible stacking. Clean pull. I don’t care that the over priced Python is not being reintroduced... the new King Cobra is a much more portable weapon, being between a K Frame Smith and a Ruger SP101 in size.

    The 4.2” barrel target model intrigues me to no end.

    I gots ta has me one!!!
     
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  8. gotboostvr

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    I'd like to see a picture of that worked up Trooper.

    Is the lug attached after the fact to the barrel, or is it something like one of the slab-sided PPC guns?
     
  9. Huntolive

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    I agree the new king cobra is Awesome!
    First 4.25 I can get for $900 and I will.
     
  10. Apuesto

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    The trigger should be at least as good as the 3"; no Python but as good or better than any current day production revolver.
     
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  11. winchester62

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    I've got one. Paid a grand for it. I have shot it at steel so far but haven't put it on paper for accuracy. The distributer price was 850. I probably wasn't meant to see that. Normally I wait for deals, but for this very nice looking new Colt, I made an exception and paid the price of early admission sight unseen. Very nice trigger. Very nice finish. It certainly isn't an old Colt, but I think it is about as nice as many earlier Colt revolvers. The stocks have a little movement that I'll need to shim or something. And although they fit together very tightly and look pretty good, they have a few small flaws.

    If you don't try to compare it to a flawless python or diamondback you won't be disappointed I think. If you can't help but want it to be one of those particular models? It isn't. It has a narrow mim hammer and trigger. So it just doesn't feel the same. Some might think the frame size is too small. I actually really like the frame size myself. That's one of the things that made me have to have it.

    If Colt takes this frame and adds a target hammer and trigger, polishes it to a high shine, calls it a python 2 (or diamondback 2) and sells it for 1500 or less, I'll buy that one too. Colt is back. It isn't perfect, but I'm a buyer.

    I'll add accuracy details if I get to it this week.
     

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    I stumbled onto four good gun buys this month (a.357, a.38,a.45/70 and a 20 ga) so my dreams of a new .327 and a King Cobra will have to remain dreams for quite a while longer...:).

    The 2” Cobra is a very nice carry revolver, the trigger on mine is much better than any of my Smith snubs or my SP101 triggers . If the .357 KC in either 3” or 4.2” trim has a similar trigger to my .38 model it’ll be a winner for sure. :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
  13. gotboostvr

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    Very nice. I glad you like it. I suspect I'd be well served with one as well.

    I'm very glad the new Colts are getting pretty high marks. Im just holding out for something in a larger frame with a caliber that starts with a "4"
     
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    I've got a new Cobra and have been waiting for the adjustable sight 357 version. This gun seems like it should be a good seller. The 8 lbs trigger is head and shoulders above anything S&W or Ruger are putting out and the size should be about perfect for those who want something that's easy to shoot but overly large in any dimension. I'd guess that next year they come out with a larger frame size in 38 Special and maybe a year later come out with the much anticipated Python in .357. I don't think they'd put out the Python on this smaller frame. That'd be a mistake.
     
  15. Huntolive

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    I agree a python should be a python,
    Not a slightly modified king cobra.
    But I will second that new king cobra 3 in has not only a very pleasing trigger but a finish better send any Ruger or Smith that I own.
    Us I love it says Hartford Connecticut right on it. My hometown!
     
  16. Charlie Horse

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    Amen!

    I saw this the other day, its either an admission that people want them and Colt's is thinking of bringing the real thing back, or a semi-shameless cash grab...
     
  17. gotboostvr

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    Pretty sure they've been making those for a number of years already. I may be wrong though.
     
  18. winchester62

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    Well, it shoots to point of aim with a target hold. Accuracy? Could [should] be better. But I've only tried 2 types of ammo; both 38 loads. With two types of cheap ammo (Remington 158 FMJ and Perfecta 130 FMJ), it seems pretty consistently 3.5 inches at 25 yards. Often with 4 shots in about 1.5 inches and the others opening up to 3.5. I haven't narrowed down particular cylinders individually and doubt I'll even try that technique. I did however shoot one group out of just one cylinder. 6 shots were about the same as I was getting otherwise.

    The front sight is horrible for fine target shooting. I don't know how these fiber optic sights got popular. Not only do they look cheap, they are fuzzy blobs compared to a good patridge sight. I guess I'll try the bead sight when I can get ahold of one since that seems the best option available.

    Overall the gun shoots nicely. The slightly loose stocks are annoying. I've seen plenty of Colt stocks rattle in the past but I guess I'll blame this one on Altamont since they made these. They look good and feel good, and although they join together perfectly, they rattle. I hope to get better accuracy, but I'm happy to own this new Colt. It's very close to my favorite. The Smith 686 4 inch. Based on it's slightly smaller frame, with a few minor tweaks, it might surpass the Smith.

    Anyone else have any range reports and accuracy results?
     
  19. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    Is anybody going to San Antone?
    Still waiting for an Anaconda resurrection.
     
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  20. dh1633pm

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    Will you all just stop all this foolishness. Why would anyone want to own one of these desirable Colts that look as though they were made with excellent craftsmanship. All your doing is making me ruin my laptop with salivation and thinking of new ways to fund such an endeavor. Like most of you, I wonder why Colt waited so long. I always figured that there was a market for higher quality stuff and it shows. They sure do look great. Just after I move, one might just make it into my gun room.
     
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