Colt (Re)Releases Wheelguns with the Double-Action Cobra Revolver

With well-known 1911 manufacturers like Kimber getting into and now colt re-entering the wheel gun market, one might claim that it is the year of the revolver. Yes, new 1911 and other semi-auto models continue to make an appearance, the new six-shooters have been welcome appearances for those bemoaning the plastic wunderkunds.

The rumor mill on Colt’s new revolvers has been substantiated with the now newly announced Cobra double-action revolver. The new small frame features “all the classic lines of a traditional Colt double-action revolver” and adds in a few new updates, namely Colts “LL2” or Linear Leaf Spring, Version 2. Colt asserts that this new linear leaf spring provides for a “premium trigger pull experience without the need for hand-fitting.” Other updates including moving the gear farther to the rear for better recoil control and an enlarged trigger guard area for larger and gloved paws.

The Cobra is purpose-built for concealed carry. The Cobra comes chambered in .38 Special (+P rated) across size cyllinders and a 2″ barrel. The Cobra is 100% stainless steel construction and comes with a Colt rubber grip. The sights are further user interchangeable, coming with a fiber optic option as standard. Tritium night sights are available from the aftermarket.

MSRP for the double-action gun is set at $699. Looks like a few have already made it to dealers and they are moving through the distribution networks now.





Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • RadicalizedModerate

    3″ barrel, full-length shroud – please

    • gendar

      and a rear sight while we are at it please

      • Spencerhut

        It has a rear sight.

        • NOUNBELIEVER

          BUT DOES IT LINE UP WITH THE FRONT SIGHT ON THE BARREL? WILL WE HAVE TO TWIST THE BARREL TO ALIGN THE FRONT SIGHT WITH THE REAR GROOVE…WILL WE HAVE TO BEND THE FRONT SIGHT FOR WINDAGE ? WILL WE BE FILING OR WELDING THE FRONT SIGHT TO GET THE REVOLVER HITTING INTO THE 10-RING ???…WILL BULLETS LEAVE THE CYLINDER WITHOUT THE PRESSURIZED GAS CUTTING THE TOP STRAP OF THE FRAME ?

          • Longhaired Redneck

            Please stop yelling. We hear you…

    • Deanimator

      3″ barrel, half or no shroud.

      Bring back the Diamondback for a full lug and adjustable sights.

      • Joshua

        4.5″ and no lug for me please, also, .357 mag would be appreciated

        • iksnilol

          2.5″ , 44 mag and 8 round burst.

          • PK

            Zig-Zag without a disconnector, eh? We should try that.

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            44 mag pepperbox w/ chain-fire option?

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            2.95″ barrel in 7.62×38 Nagant

            Oh and SAO

          • iksnilol

            That exists already tho.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            So why has anyone else made a revolver?

    • NOUNBELIEVER

      S&W MODEL 65…THE FBI REVOLVER….K FRAME FIXED SIGHT REVOLVER….MODEL 66 WITH 2.5 BARREL; WOULD LIGHT YOUR HAPPY FACE.

      • RadicalizedModerate

        I have seen a K-frame stainless with A 3″ BARREL – SWEET

      • Longhaired Redneck

        Please stop yelling. We can still hear you…

        • Chilly Billy

          Why are you and others so bothered by caps? Perhaps the writer finds it easier to read the larger font. As do others, I’m sure. It affects you in no way. Get over it.

  • Kyle

    Purpose built for concealed carry, un-bobbed hammer. Odd choice.

    • ostiariusalpha

      They definitely would be wise to come out with a bobbed hammer DAO model.

      • Spencerhut

        Bah! We are Colt! We know more about making overpriced, retread firearms and filing bankruptcy than you will ever hope to know. Now give us your money.

  • retfed

    “The Cobra comes chambered in .38 Special (+P rated) across size cyllinders (sic) . . . ”
    Please translate into English.

    • NOUNBELIEVER

      IT WILL TAKE SOME +P PRESSURE CARTRIDGES WITHOUT DAMAGE, USUALLY…BUT IS NOT BUILT FOR SUCH PRESSURES AND HEAVY USAGE..THE REVOLVER WILL SUFFER EARLY FAILURE…..THE.357 MAGNUM IS THE STEP UP….THE +P CARTRIDGE IS PUSHING .38 SPECIAL PAST NORMAL PRESSURES…THINK OF THE.38 SPECIAL AS A BLACK POWDER CARTRIDGE LOADED WITH SMOKELESS POWDER…GETTING OUT OF THE SAFETY PRESSURE RANGE FOR OLDER REVOLVERS…

      • retfed

        I know about +Ps. I included that in case it was relevant to the “across size cylinders” part. That’s what I need translated. What does “across size cylinders” mean?

        • ostiariusalpha

          It’s incomprehensible as is, but if you drop out the word “across,” then it makes a sort of clumsy sense.

      • Longhaired Redneck

        Please, please stop yelling. We can definitely hear you…

  • tompinto

    Wow, cutting-edge news from months ago!

    • DGR

      It has to be a mistake/repost, I mean this has been out for months… although TFB seems to lag behind every single other news source on earth in releasing timely information. I love TFB, but they don’t understand what timely means.

      • tompinto

        “January’s news TODAY!” 😉
        I think you’re right – must be a mistake.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Okay, Nathan failed to make it clear enough. The December/January news was the announcement that Colt was going to make the gun, but they are now actually delivering the Cobras for purchase in May.

  • Spencerhut

    That trend of alloy framed 5-shot hide away guns is overrated. The future is heavy, wide chunks of stainless steel with 6-shots. I mean Kimber is leading the way . . . . right?

    • Jared Vynn

      I think you meant Ruger. After all When it comes to heavy stainless revolvers that’s been Ruger for years.

      • Spencerhut
        • Giolli Joker

          The Rhino looks heftier, while actually being reasonably light.

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            The Rhino is a great product all around, unless you prize old school looks over performance.

      • Swarf

        Really? You’re going to dig at the company who basically revitalized revolvers as a viable carry option with their lightweight LCR series?

        • Jared Vynn

          I was talking about the GP100, SP101, and their predecessor the security six. The LCR is a different thing all together.

          • Madcap_Magician

            Hey now, I LOVE my Speed Six.

          • Jared Vynn

            And I love my security six for the heavy brute it is. I have a feeling it will outlive me.

          • Madcap_Magician

            They’re not as svelte as the K-frame, to be sure, but I think the traditional butt instead of the plug shape really improves the balance over the GP100 and SP101 designs. Which are not bad revolvers, I just think the Six is the perfect balance between the sleek S&W and the tanky Ruger norms.

      • NOUNBELIEVER

        RUGER STAINLESS STEEL SPEED SIX WITH 2.5 BARREL….BRUTE STRENGTH IN A SMALLER .357 MAGNUM PACKAGE….EXCELLENT PRODUCT….RUMORED THE GUN THAT NEVER WEARS OUT…BETTER HEAVY ON THE BELT THAN LIGHT IN THE PERFORMANCE…..38 SPECIALS WILL SHOOT UP TODAY’S CARS…..357 MAGNUMS SHOOT UP THE CAR OF THE 1940S, ETC….BETTER PERFORMANCE….LOAD .38 SPECIAL IF YOU WANT TO DO SO…..BUT BE CAPABLE OF STEPPING UP TO THE .357 MAGNUM….

        • Spencerhut

          Your communications is very annoying. Learn to type properly or get off the internet.

          • NOUNBELIEVER

            you Master of the WWW ? perhaps HauptbahnSupremoLEADER ? get up, get your enema, and change your diaper…..Momma ain’t gonna save you from LARGE TYPE LETTERS

          • Spencerhut

            Didn’t I tell you to get off the internet?

          • NOUNBELIEVER

            golly…thanks for the laughter…I appreciate your humor…you leap naked into the room and shout surprise !! obviously not to be serious….. now, go to the bathtub and stand there, your diaper is leaking….no, do not plug in Momma’s hair dryer while you are in the tub

          • Spencerhut

            Do us all a favor and drink a nice cold pint of bleach.

        • Longhaired Redneck

          Stop the yelling please. You’ve made your point.

    • BBMW

      Maybe they need to come out with a poly-striker gun instead?

  • Ken

    Does it still have the hand as the consumable part like the original Colt DAs? It may have given the bank vault tight lockup, but it required frequent armorer support.

    • retfed

      Yeah, I always thought Colt revolvers were overrated. The stacky triggers were their worst fault. I never owned one long enough to need armorer support because I found them inferior to Smiths, and I could always find a sucker who wanted a Colt.
      Even the Python wasn’t worth the price.
      Back in the 70s and 80s we always said Colt shouldn’t make revolvers and Smith shouldn’t make autos. Then Colt fooled us with the Double Eagle and the All American 2000, and right when I retired, Smith came out with the M&P auto line.
      So nothing is forever.

  • JSIII

    I really wonder why they went with a snub nose but did not bob the hammer… I’d rather they did a 4″ or 6″ barrel version first

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Considering just how hot the CCW market is, a snubnose is an obvious first offering. Obvious always doesn’t mean correct, though.

  • Jeff Smith

    Here’s what I simply don’t understand: what takes a company like Colt SO LONG to figure out what people want? It’s been 12-40ish years (Cobras stopped in 81, Troopers stopped in 85, Anacondas in 03, and Pythons in 05, according to Wikipedia) since Colt produced the “snake gun” series, and people have been begging for them to come back. Meanwhile, 2-3 companies (S&W, Taurus, and Ruger [somewhat]) have managed to corner the market on revolvers.

    It seems like a no brainer.

    • Beju

      Colt had been living and dying by government contracts since Samuel Colt was still alive. Once police contracts started drying up, they saw no reason to keep making revolvers.

      FWIU, there’s not really a cost effective way to bring back the old Python. It was made in an era when automation was expensive and skilled labor was relatively cheap (and it was still relatively expensive back then). However, this doesn’t apply to the much newer Anaconda. Colt could conceivably make a smaller Anaconda and call it a Python.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Well, there is a cost effective way, and that’s to charge $2500-$3000 for them. Personally speaking, a $1500 improved version of the Anaconda/King Cobra with the Python name stuck to it would be more than acceptable to get my interest.

        • Beju

          I don’t even know if $2500-3000 would justify Colt finding and hiring the labor necessary. I see a lot of Colt Pythons on Gunbroker with starting bids of $2000+, but most don’t have any bids. Maybe more people would spend that much for a new one, but I doubt that it’s a large number.

          I’m not sure that a drop to $1500 would even be enough. Performance Center S&W 686 and 627 models start at ~$1,000, so I’d think that’s the magic number.

          • ostiariusalpha

            NIB Pythons go for $5000-$6000, so it probably would be justifiable. Sans an internal lock, there are tens of thousands of people that would pay that $1500 for a Python just because it isn’t a S&W.

    • Ruger Shooter

      Look at the absolute amazing diversity of revolvers offered by Ruger. Might be the largest overall selection. And if you want a cannon that can be held in your hand (not counting the specialty makers), S&W has some monsters.

      • Jeff Smith

        Touché. I’m checking their catalog now. I’ve always pigeonholed them as primarily producing single action revolvers, but I completely forgot about their Redhawk series, so their catalog competes with S&W very well.

        Thank you for pointing that out!

  • mmyers08

    The pre-release models that made the rounds had a finish on a par with Charter Arms. Are the production models better? A Colt, at that price, should be at least as well finished as a Smith or Ruger.

    Brushed is OK, polished is better. Colts were always beautiful revolvers.

    • ostiariusalpha

      WTF are you yammering about? Even S&W Performance Center guns come with a matte satin finish. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a203b05ed67bd7c5dea55b9cdc3ada5361c7d97a84c73afe1b5cff4c7a089c0a.jpg
      There’s nothing wrong with wanting a nicely polished revolver, but this is a work gun. You really need to stop with that idiotic obsession.

      • mmyers08

        And this is what they used to look like. Perhaps you should look to history and not be such an uniformed twatwaddle? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c7bb76750b2a99bc55bd79da41f97c6e44efd26ec41f188294adcad95b086d8.jpg

        • ostiariusalpha

          And they also looked like this: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73d54c8a9007608c643541a9345bc0376fce99e61f28271a9b3dd7198e3712c7.jpg
          You know embarrassingly little about Colt models and their finishes. Maybe you should stop before you confirm for everyone that you are a total moron.

        • NOUNBELIEVER

          THAT IS A NICKLE FINISH….HIDES A LOT OF BLEMISHES…AND ULTIMATELY FLAKES OFF…GIVE ME STAINLESS STEEL…CARRIED A COLT DETECTIVE SPECIAL…BUT LATER FOUND THE S&W MODEL 66 WITH 2.5 INCH BARREL…..REGULAR SERVICE WOODEN GRIPS BUT ADDED A TYLER T-GRIP…NO COLT PRODUCT HAS MATCHED IT….

          • mmyers08

            That image is of a bright stainless Detective Special. That is what Colt used to be able to do with their revolvers.

          • NOUNBELIEVER

            sorry…the late years before COLT hit the skids were times I was not in country….I think I have some vague memory of it…but it was .38 Special, right ? did not last long enough to earn a market place…… Knew a guy with the 4 inch Diamondback blue revolver….he was not ALLOWED to use a .357 Magnum…..the .357 Magnum really hit its pinnacle when the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department tired of being out gunned by criminals…and authorized the .357 Magnum….I had a Colt Official Police 4 inch …could handle the +P cartridges before they were so named….heavier revolver…but a guy with loose money and a house remodeling…but he too came back to the S&W ….this time the M15 .38 Special Combat Masterpiece, blue and 4 inches…adjustable sights…soft shooting and accurate….that is the .38 Special….around here, the older folks have dad’s Colt Police Positive revolvers..4 inch barrels, blued .mostly .38 Specials, couple Smith .32 Longs, and one .38 S&W…former Railroad company gun for the mail car…

          • retfed

            If you say it’s a stainless Detective Special, I’ll take your word for it.
            I know that Colt made some stainless D-frames in the late 80s/early 90s, but I thought they had some other designation for them.
            My interest in Colt revolvers had evaporated by then.
            But with today’s labor costs, polishing a revolver like that would probably add a hundred bucks to the price, and looks don’t save your life.

          • ostiariusalpha

            “…looks don’t save your life.”
            They sure don’t, a bad gun is a bad gun whether it’s highly glossed or not. This Taurus is plenty shiny from the factory, for example: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15f404935377fc6f2b98c3bd9722cb4a857497aae7500c22eacdda683a2867b9.jpg
            Not quite as nice as Colt at their best, but looking pretty slick for a handgun that’s actually a total piece of crap. Believe it or not, I had to dispute with pun&gun on another article that gloss finishes do not make a gun look like a 3rd World drug dealer’s cheap gat. With either the practical matte satin or pretty gloss finishes, someone’s going to whine about it, ignoring whether the fit and function of the gun is of good quality; which is the truly important aspect to look for. The rest is just preference.

          • WPZ

            Not quite on the stainless Ds. What they actually produced was a new design that fit into the old profile so closely you could use D frame grips.
            The models were SF-VI, DS-II, and the .357 variant Magnum Carry. D-sized, but not D guts.
            I have a couple- nice enough shooters but on the heavy side. Not quite equal to the Detective Special in terms of shootability and performance, but good strong guns nonetheless.

        • retfed

          That’s nickel-plated carbon steel. That’s why it’s so shiny.
          Old Colts, especially Pythons, were famous for their bluing, but I owned two Pythons back in the 70s/80s and the bluing wasn’t anything to write home about. Besides, the bluing wears off all the high points (muzzle crown, cylinder face, bolt notches) pretty quick if you actually carry and shoot the thing.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Yep, Colt’s going out of business again.

  • iksnilol

    Colt makes handguns?

    What is this ? The 1880’s?

    • Madcap_Magician

      Next thing you know, Remington will start making handguns!

      • MeaCulpa

        Let’s hope not.

      • iksnilol

        That’s quite simply preposterous, my good sir.

        • Madcap_Magician

          Well, they’ve already experimented with making handgun-shaped objects, so it’s not too much of a mental leap to wonder if they’ll try to make one that shoots sooner or later.

      • AC97

        Plz, nuuuuuuuu…

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    Colt’s latest attempt to try and regain some relevancy in the firearms market. The last revolver innovation from them was, what?, the large-frame Anaconda? And the last automatic innovation was the AA2000, wasn’t it? Colt is the aging starlet, past her glory years, putting on heavier and heavier makeup and trying to live on past glories.

    Unless Colt moves some money into R&D and starts innovating (or at least moving out of the 1990’s) they’re going always be in trouble.

  • NOUNBELIEVER

    SEE THAT NAME COLT ??? that is supposed to grab our hearts and minds while blinding us to reality…..38 Special $600.00 ??? better buy are S & W .357 Magnums….who are these folks at COLT that cannot find a modern roadway ? COLT overpriced the Model P for years and years..STAYED IN THE 1870S QUALITY….here comes RUGER !!! and the Italian revolvers……COLT let their product quality stay at 1930s level for the 1911 pistol line…Para Ordnance hit them right in the forehead..14 roundsof .45ACP .Kimber comes with quality control…and the Kimber line out classes the COLT stay behind in every measure….COLT INTRODUCES ONE NEW ITEM…. WHERE ARE THE AMBIDEXTROUS CONTROLS ??? THE SERIES 80 TRIGGER…and lets a few nagging poofponts convince them to drop the series 80 trigger…chambered round carry much safer with the series 80 trigger and not cocked- and -locked condition….THUMB COCKIN IS BETTER THAN COCKED-AN -LOCKED …but it took S&W to give us the Model 5900 series…9mm or 40 caliber…12 plus rounds, DA / SA STAINLESS STEEL….BUT S&W BLEW IT WITH THEIR FOR GIANTS ONLY 4506 PISTOL….KNOW ANYONE WHO IS COMFORTABLE WITH THAT HUGE GRIP ??? MAYBE SHAQ ? COMEY MIGHT HAVE THE HAND FOR IT…BUT I SEE NO MAN IN COMEY’S SUIT !!!!!!
    PARTS SWAPPING…the easy swapping of parts keeps the 1911 pistol in the market…..no hammers and punches needed to remove the extractor….for years of service with home owner maintenance…the 1911 is the better choice !!! when will ALL MANUFACTURERS GET THE TRUTH OF PISTOLS …..ONE HAND WILL BE WORKING MOST TIMES….WILL THE MAGAZINE RELEASE GET YOU KILLED ????….CAN YOU RELOAD WITH ONE HAND ???

    • PK

      Less coffee next time, okay? I don’t know if your heart can take it.

      • NOUNBELIEVER

        SORRY….EYES NOT SO GOOD…CAPS LETS ME READ …

        • Beju

          On a phone or computer? Either one should have options for raising the font size. On Android phones, it’s usually in the display settings.

          • NOUNBELIEVER

            Thank you for the suggestion….publicly available computer….no messing with its image…..use Arial Black size 14 most times for viewing….and print size 11…..cataracts beginning…fuzzes all views…..takes the wrinkles off of old politicians, prior to their plastic ego appearance….

  • Moondo

    Is Colt actually making these in their plant, or did someone purchase the license from Colt, and is stamping it? I only ask because of Colt’s money issues, and this looks a lot like a Charter Arms pistol.

  • YZAS

    Colt? I thought they were dead?

  • uncle fester

    My LGS has promised me the 1st one they receive. So far, I haven’t seen one in a while.

    When I drove by their plant two weeks ago, the employee lot looked pretty full.

  • Canis Dirus

    I’m a revolver guy, but 700 bucks for a .38 isn’t going to turn any heads.

    • DW

      An 8 round moonclipped 38 super though…

    • 9911kelly

      It’s certainly no more expensive than many S&W revolvers, and less than some.

      The S&W Model 67 is $749. The 27 is $1019, and isn’t even stainless, with the 6.5″ classic version going for $1059. The 10 is $739. The 64 is slightly cheaper at $689, but not enough of a difference over a $699 gun to sway most people.

      All of those are .38 Special +P and 6 shot, although not snubnose.

      • Ruger Shooter

        The LCR has a polymer frame that readily mitigates felt recoil; a much more comfortable gun to shoot that a S&W snub. The SP101 can be bought for around $500 any day of the week. Anyhow, Ruger is the gun you take to Hell if you want to come back alive.

        • 9911kelly

          I agree. I have two Ruger revolvers and two S&W revolvers. And new Ruger revolvers do tend to have a little more wiggle room when negotiating price. I bought my GP100 Match Champion new for $685.

          Yes, plastic does absorb a little felt recoil. But the reason for me mentioning that is that some people look at plastic as a disadvantage. I don’t know if he does, but I mentioned it anyway.

          But my main point was to compare MSRP to MSRP of .38 Special guns, since that’s all he seems to be fixated on.

  • Able_Dart

    This doesn’t look like a Colt to me. It looks like Colt’s take on a Smith. Some kind of alien Colt. I wonder if Colt could pick the brains of some of the custom geniuses out there and come up with a custom finish that protects the steel like electroless nickel or Robar, but looks like good old-fashioned deep Colt Blue. I bet that would sell a lot of guns.

  • Rick Pere

    The gun is garbage. The trigger will need an immediate trigger job. I used it at the Shot show. All they had to do was bring back their original revolvers. This is not a winner.

  • Mrl

    Is this a new new Colt update or still the same one they’ve been talking about for months?
    Also, as a wheel gun guy, what steel semi auto guns were around before polymer besides 1911 and the little .25, .32″s and PPS’s?

  • hacedeca

    Is there a reason for .38 Special as a typical caliber for revolvers? I think other ammunitions are more common – like 9mm, .40 S&W… And it would be easier for the customer to buy a store only only one kind of ammunition.

  • Jake

    That trigger guard really makes it look like a Smith. And the whole gun looks cheap. Not impressed.

  • Ed Ward

    Now a Python and or Anaconda might work…?

  • SteveK

    Wish they offered it in a satin polish.

  • Michael Fallon

    I applaud Colt for bringing back a double action revolver. I hope their will be a .357 magnum revolver in the near future as well. In this new age of concealed carry, I wish they would bring back into full production, the 1908 .380 hammerless semiautomatic.

  • Richard Lutz

    Colt should focus on selling quality guns, not try to compete with companies like Ruger.

  • Sulaco

    .357 yes. .38 spl no. Why did they not just put a .357 cylinder on this thing??? THEN it would sell.

  • pismopal

    I have a couple of those things in my safe and I still see no reason to get them out.