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Model Cobra
Colt Revolver Cobra .38 Spl Variant-4
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Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:6.75-in Height:No Data
Barrel:2-in Weight:15-oz
Variant 4 of 5
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (158 grain bullet)105544
  • Recoil Factor (158 grain bullet)5.2 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity6 rounds
  • ConcealabilityGood
  • Defense Factor52%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1950 - 1972
Caliber:.38 Spl
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:hammer block
Frame:anodized aluminum
Grip:checkered walnut
Sights:fixed blade and notch
Notes:first issue, nickel finish
Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC
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Gun Value
MSRP:No DataUsed Est:$1,750.00
Last Update:8/27/2023
About the Gun

The original Colt Cobra is one of the first aluminum framed lightweight revolvers produced. It was available in various calibers from .22 LR to .38 Special and in various barrel lengths from 2 inches to 5 inches. The most common and popular model is the 2-inch .38 Special model. The gun's finish is either anodized blue or nickel plated. The first issue has a skinny barrel and exposed ejector rod with skinny round-butt grips and the second issue has a full shroud barrel covering the ejector rod and heftier square-butt grips. The ejector rod is full length enabling complete removal of the spent cartridges when pushed.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .38 Special
Alias: .38 Smith & Wesson Special
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:158 grains
MV:668 ft/sec ME:157 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

Developed by Smith & Wesson and introduced along with its Military & Police Model revolver in 1902, this was originally a military cartridge intended to replace the unsatisfactory .38 Long Colt then in use by the Army. Colt brought out its own version of the .38 Special in 1909, which differs from the original only in bullet shape, being a flat-point style. The .38 Special is considered one of the best-balanced, all-round handgun cartridges ever designed. It is also one of the most accurate and very widely used for match shooting.

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