I voted to get it. But if I was truly after a fixed sight .357 revolver, I would pursue a GP100. Or a Smith Model 13 or 65. If you can find one. The Colt is worth a try, just for the fact that Colt is at least trying to return to their roots.
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Posts: 11088 | Location: Marquette MI | Registered: July 08, 2014
Originally posted by YooperSigs: I voted to get it. But if I was truly after a fixed sight .357 revolver, I would pursue a GP100. Or a Smith Model 13 or 65. If you can find one. The Colt is worth a try, just for the fact that Colt is at least trying to return to their roots.
I second this recco. A S&W 3 inch model 13 or 65 are the way to go IMHO. Second in from the right is my 13.
Posts: 215 | Location: Chicago Area | Registered: November 16, 2014
I Voted PASS I Have A 3 Inch model . When i took it out of the Box and pulled the Hammer and the Cylinder did not Turn Right? Then i opened and closed the Cylinder and cocked it the Cylinder Free wheeled sent it back to Colt it is fixed. Customer service was decent. But i am still disappointed in quality and Workmanship if it had not been a gift it would have found a new home the day after i got it back from colt
I looked at one. My LGS guy let me dry fire it, too. I thought it was smooth, and it seemed to function as it should. It was nicely finished. Over all it looked very good and seemed to work as it should.
I know it's a small frame revolver. But it seemed to have a very thin amount of steel in the cylinder walls and the forcing cone walls looked very thin. I think I would prefer to lose a round and go with a Ruger SP101
Posts: 3740 | Location: Southeast Virginia | Registered: January 03, 2010
I have not had a chance to handle one myself, but my buddy's dad was really excited about picking one up when they released the new models. He hunted all over the place for one, and finally found one. He was all set to buy it until he actually got to the shop and had it in hand. He said the fit and finish was very poor, and the action was rough. It didn't live up to the hype, and he ended up passing. It was a big disappointment, because he really wanted one.
Posts: 3979 | Location: In the Cornfields | Registered: May 25, 2006
I had one. It was nice, certainly nicer than the Cobra they brought back first. Fit and finish was pretty good with the exception of a fairly cheap looking hammer and trigger. Trigger pull was decent and it was fairly pleasant to shoot for a smallish 357. It was just about the perfect size (for me) in a concealed carry revolver holding 6 rounds.
That said, I sold it as soon as I found a new Python in stock. A NEW new Python, now with a slightly heavier spring and locktite on the sideplate screws (allegedly). The Python (at least this one example) is beautifully machined and feels very nice indeed. It's only got a couple of hundred rounds through it (357 is hard to find right now, so is 38) but it's been flawless.
Back on topic, I liked the King Cobra a lot, but on reflection I wouldn't have paid near the retail price if it wasn't for the pony on the frame. Fortunately I found someone else willing to pay the Colt Tax and didn't take TOO bad a hit when I sold it.