King Cobra

COLT KING COBRA

COLT KING COBRA
"AA" FRAME

 

By the early 1980's the buying public had made it clear that they preferred stainless steel revolvers, so in 1986 Colt upgraded the Trooper Mark V to stainless steel and changed the barrel to a full under lug shrouded type.  Other then the barrel profile and use of stainless, the gun is the same as the Mark V.

Colt named the new model the King Cobra, continuing it's use of snake named revolvers.

As a first for Colt, a Cobra head was part of the barrel stamp breaking with the tradition of having only the name and caliber stamped on the barrel.

The King Cobra was a first in the gun business, in that it was the first time a new model of revolver was introduced in stainless steel before a blued version.

A blued model was introduced a year later.

The King Cobra, like the Trooper Mark III and Mark V were extremely strong, rugged revolvers, specifically designed for unlimited use with Magnum ammunition.

 

The King Cobra was available with barrels of 2 1/2", 3" (limited), 4", 6", and 8".

Caliber was .357 Magnum.

Finishes were satin stainless steel, bright polish stainless, and bright blue.

Grips were Pachmayr "Gripper" with gold Colt medallions, Vintage Industry copies of the Pachmayer Gripper made for Colt with silver medallions, and checkered walnut with gold medallions.

Front sights had red inserts, with white outlined rear sights.

In 1997 the King Cobra came standard with the frame drilled and tapped for a scope mount.  This was known as the Enhanced King Cobra.  It also had a larger cylinder release and a recessed muzzle.  At the same time the option of having the barrel ported with recoil reducing barrel ports was offered. 

 

The production history of the King Cobra was turbulent.

It was introduced in 1986 and discontinued in 1992.  Production resumed in 1994 and was discontinued for the last time in 1998.

 

VARIATIONS

The King Cobra Stainless.

This was the standard satin finish stainless

 

The King Cobra Blue.

This was the King Cobra in bright blue, often fitted with walnut grips.

 

A BLUED KING COBRA

 

The King Cobra Ultimate Polish Stainless.

This was stainless steel with a bright "Ultimate" mirror polish finish.

 

The Enhanced King Cobra.

This added drilling and tapping for a scope mount, countersunk muzzle, larger cylinder release, and the option of a ported barrel.

 

The Colt Grizzly.

This was a King Cobra fitted with a Magna-ported Python barrel. The cylinder was smooth with no lightening flutes and was stamped with a bear paw mark.

This was made by the Colt Custom Gun Shop in 1994, with 500 produced.

 

GRIZZLY

 

The Whitetailer II

This was similar to the Mark V Whitetailer only based on the King Cobra stainless with a high polish finish, and supplied with a Burris 1.5-4x scope and a soft case.

 

WHITETAILLER II

  

Combat Cobra

The Combat Cobra was another limited run made exclusively for Lew Horton.

These were produced in 1986 and 1987.

The Combat Cobra was a Mark V with a 2 1/2 inch barrel and made of Bright Polish stainless steel.

Grips were a special walnut combat style rounded butt.

These had a "CC" prefix serial number, 1000 were made.

 

THE COLT COMBAT COBRA, MADE ONLY FOR LEW HORTON DISTRIBITION COMPANY

 

 

  

GRIPS

Colt used the same size and shape grip frame on the Trooper Mark V, the King Cobra, and the Anaconda.

All grips interchange between these models.

  

WALNUT TARGET GRIPS

  

COMBAT COBRA

 

 

 

PACHMAYR "GRIPPERS"

  

REPLICA'S OF PACHMAYR GRIPPERS MADE FOR COLT BY VINTAGE INDUSTRIES.

These had a Colt banner on the lower sides and silver Colt medallions