By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the latest re-entry into the revolver market from Colt, the new King Cobra .357 double-action revolver.
This revolver is made from stainless steel and is chambered for .357 / .38 special. It has a 3” barrel and a fixed rear sight. The front sight is dovetailed and therefore drift adjustable. It is also easily user interchangeable.
The weapon is not a real lightweight, but neither is it a brick. It weighs 28 ounces empty. It features a full-length underlug and a non-vent barrel top rib. The frame is just a tiny bit narrower than a basic S&W K-frame. It comes with a very comfortable and practical Hogue synthetic grip.
Strangely, the ejector rod is significantly shorter than it has to be for this weapon. It will not necessarily push cases all the way out of the cylinder. This could be an issue for some situations, and is odd because there does not seem to be any real reason for the abbreviated rod.
It has some other nice attributes. The trigger guard has extra space in front of the trigger, which tends to reduce trigger finger slam under recoil. Also the trigger is slightly straighter than one would normally expect, which makes the perceived trigger pull lighter than one would expect.
The MSRP is $899. I don’t know how much a discount can be found on Colt products these days. I will probably look at one when / if they come to CA, but will probably not buy one.