The .357 Magnum Colt King Cobra Makes Its Return

Alas, it’s not the rebirth of the iconic Python. Nevertheless, Colt will once again have a .357 Magnum double-action revolver in its catalog.

With a planned unveiling at the upcoming 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the Colt King Cobra marks the fifth gun in the company’s rebooted revolver line and the first DA .357 Magnum it’s produced in a spell. Up to this point, the Cobra line, introduced in 2017, has focused on snubbie .38 Special revolvers. Though, since its inception, the guns have sparked hope a magnum chambering would someday be in the works.
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I’m not a big fan of Colt’s DA revolvers, I just can’t get past that cylinder release. Give me a Smith & Wesson any day.

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12 Responses to The .357 Magnum Colt King Cobra Makes Its Return

  1. skycat says:

    Not a big of colt revolvers anyway, with that hammer spring problem and all. I am very comfortable with the trigger action on all my S&W. Plus their cylinder release is a manly thing

  2. Kevin says:

    Ive wanted one since high school but never got one when they where affordable. Ill have to check one out when they are released. If the trigger is good i might have to start saving some money up

  3. DTG says:

    My go to revolvers are Smith’s, but I do like the Colt Lawman Mk III I have….. shoots great. It goes to the grandson…

  4. H says:

    I have several nice older Colt DA revolvers of 50’s and 60’s vintage. Nice guns but I don’t like any of them as well as my Smiths. One of my old runnin’ buddies was exactly opposite.

  5. Oswald bastable says:

    Had one. It was a piece of shit. spent cases would always hang up. None of my smiths or ubertis ever did that.

  6. Sanders says:

    I carried an older alloy frame Colt Cobra in .38 SP all through college. The only thing I didn’t like about that pistol was the grips were too small for my hands. My brother-in-law made me some from some black walnut I had laying around, which made that pistol perfect. The action was very smooth, and it was a lot of fun to shoot. Never had a problem with the cylinder latch configuration.

    The ex got it in the divorce, unfortunately.

    I reckon what bugs me the most about Colt’s new offering is that they are putting out the one revolver that NOBODY was asking for. I will wager a week’s wages the most requested DA revolver for them to bring back is the Python.

  7. Sabre22 says:

    I got a 6 inch Python a long while ago. Always wanted a King Cobra ( I love stainless steel). So I will be getting one as soon as they are available.

  8. Heathen says:

    Here’s a thread about it on one gun forum I read.

    https://www.xdtalk.com/threads/new-king-cobra-2019.441535/

  9. =TW= says:

    The deal breaker for me is Colt’s cylinder release.
    I have a half-dozen pre-lock Smiths that I like very much.

    • Wirecutter says:

      I spent I don’t know how many hours practicing a reload with a S&W with their push to open release and the Colt’s pull to open just screws me up.

      • =TW= says:

        I put one of these on my 686:

        It is similar in contour to the factory latch on my later-production M65.
        A top-notch product, simple and elegant.
        (Note- the slotted fastener is a nut, not a screw.)

  10. hvlee says:

    I’m out of revolvers except for an inherited .32 Police Positive. The cylinder is out of time but the single-action action is smooth and tight like new. I agree about the cylinder release. I prefer 1911’s anyway.

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