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Old 09-12-2018, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Not in Quebec
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Anyone use the new colt cobra? Was thinking about getting one as my first revolver, but now I'm wondering if a cheaper ruger or SW would be a better choice for the money. I almost want to own one just for the sake of its place in US history (Ruby's gun) and noir.

There's a new cobra variant just out too, featuring a bobbed hammer. But it's way too much for me.

Can anyone compare colt vs its competitors? Is the price worth it?
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Old 09-12-2018, 02:16 PM
 
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Anyone use the new colt cobra? Was thinking about getting one as my first revolver, but now I'm wondering if a cheaper ruger or SW would be a better choice for the money. I almost want to own one just for the sake of its place in US history (Ruby's gun) and noir.

There's a new cobra variant just out too, featuring a bobbed hammer. But it's way too much for me.

Can anyone compare colt vs its competitors? Is the price worth it?
I think the original Cobra was the first light weight 2 inch .38 special.
Hard to measure this against other light weights because it is a 6 shot revolver and most of the others are 5.
I had a S&W model #36 that I sold to get the Cobra for the extra round and light weight. This was in the days when small guns were mostly revolvers.
In your case the value would be in the features you want to be carrying.
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Find a Ruger Six Series revolver in good shape, or go with an SP101.... or GP100.
If not, a clean S&W k frame.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:13 PM
 
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Taurus 856 at half the price. Or a Charter Arms 44 special if you want notoriety( Son Of Sam). Maybe look at the Kimber K6s for a similar price point and size.
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Old 10-01-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod/Green Valley AZ
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.......... There's a new cobra variant just out too, featuring a bobbed hammer. But it's way too much for me.

Can anyone compare colt vs its competitors? Is the price worth it?
The answer to your question really depends on the use you wish to put the handgun to.

The Colt series (used Cobra) is a fine revolver, a bit larger than the five shot S&W J-frame models. The triggers are very different between the two models of handgun, which may or may not be important for you.

If the handgun is for pocket carry, the a hammerless J-frame would be best (S&W 642). Less chance to snag on the pocket as it's being withdrawn for use.

Again, depending on final use, you'd likely be best off searching for a used revolver. Prices vary with condition and model, so I can't add much there.

Another model you might consider is the Ruger LCR. Weighs about 15 ounces, wonderful trigger, and a reliable handgun for a reasonable cost.

Good luck!

Rich
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Old Today, 07:15 PM
 
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three things about previous mentioned revolvers....

1. i had a Cobra but sold it (ridiculous money for snake guns). it was good, but too big for concealed carry for me.
2. my wife carries a Charter .44 special. it was her Daddy's gun, so it is going nowhere.
3. i carry a 642 no lock. yes, my wife carries a bigger gun than me. bought a new holster for the 642 since old one gave out.
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Old Today, 09:01 PM
 
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I carry the S&W 638, a j frame with shrouded hammer. It won’t snag on clothes but gives me a single action capability on those times I want it. I have Alien Gear IWB holster with it.
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