Originally Posted by 0311INF
Can't the old Cobra's still be had for somewhat reasonable prices? I'd love for Colt to make a big comeback with their old DA revolver line-up, but not in S&W style... i.e., the new guns have to be a better value than the old ones.
The availability of the old Colt Cobras isn't great. Any example of a really good old Cobra will be in the "Collectors" (read that as stupid expensive) price range and the lessor examples will often be in very poor condition. The original Cobras were alloy "D" frames and the new Cobras are all steel. The new Cobra is more like a stainless Detective Special than a Cobra.
The old Colt snubnosed "D" frames (Detective Special, Cobra and Agent) were neat guns that filled the gap between the very small S&W J-frame (5 round cylinder) and the S&W snubnosed K-frames (6 round cyl. and larger frame)
The Colt Detective Special and its alloy twin the Cobra, were smaller than the 2" K-frame S&W but it still had a 6 round cylinder. Unfortunately the snubnosed Colts had some drawbacks.
The First two generations of the Detective Special lacked a shrouded ejector rod. The stainless steel version of the Detective Special came very late in the game (and really wasn't the same platform), the frames of the alloy models were prone to stretch and the Colts seemed to be more prone to timing issues.
I will not go so far as to say the Colt had a weak action but I will say the S&W had a stronger action.
The new Cobra is a stainless steel revolver that looks like the old Detective Special but differs internally. Maybe Colt will get this one right. Colt has been on life support for the last 30 years so I wouldn't set my expectations too high.
I've owned Cobras, Agents and Detective Specials and still own a 3rd Gen. Detective Special. I feel the Smith & Wesson's and the Rugers are a better value. Maybe Colt will hit a home run with the new Cobra but I think the "Colt" name will be its chief selling point.