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Old March 1st, 2017, 04:11 PM   #16
 
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They look pretty good to me, on the site anyway..


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After seeing the new Colt Cobra I would take this gun over the Kimber. Just my 2 cents worth!!! But I like my Ruger LCRX & SP101 just fine.

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It'll be interesting to see if all the layoffs at Colt affect the availability of the new Cobra. They are supposed to be hitting dealers this month. Personally, I'd rather have a 6 shot SP101, if only Ruger would make one. Same size as the Cobra, so why not?
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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.
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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.
Thanks for the info, I really don't have much of a grasp of the Colt offerings and differences in construction between the various models.

I'd say that last bit is spot on... Colt could resell a modified Rossi/Taurus for $700, as long as there's a prancing pony on it, people would call it the best thing they'd ever seen.
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