Editors’ Picks 2019: Colt King Cobra Revolver

posted on March 19, 2019

COLT’s latest “snake gun” is the resurrected King Cobra, featuring a heavy-duty stainless steel frame complete with a full-underlug, 3" barrel and a six-round, fluted cylinder. It’s the first new .357 Mag. in 20 years from the company that invented the revolver. Upgrades include an enlarged trigger guard and a user-interchangeable brass-bead front sight. Even better, this hard-hitter isn’t punishing to shoot thanks to Colt’s innovative LL2 spring trigger that produces an in-line hammer drop, along with form-fitting Hogue Overmolded rubber stocks with finger grooves. No doubt shootability is also aided by the fact the new King weighs 28 ozs., and while that’s a little heavy by today’s carry-gun standards, it conceals nicely. True Snake Gun fans will naturally see parallels to first-generation King Cobras from the 1980s-’90s, but given the new King’s specs and bright polish, it also conjures up the very rare nickel-finish Combat Python. colt.com


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