A whole new snake – Weapons and Shooting


The Cobra “2017 edition” maintains in common with the weapon of the times that were the name and, roughly, the overall format: relatively to the rest, there are such and many changes, updates and improvements that can be said two completely different weapons. Starting, first of all, from the frame material, which has gone to satin stainless steel, bringing the total weight to 700 grams against the approximately 450 of the original in light alloy and the approximately 600 of the Detective special of the same era. Beyond the resistance to atmospheric agents, the use of stainless steel and the consequent weight increase are beneficial to the controllability of the shot, especially thinking of the + P cartridges that the weapon is able to digest and which, overseas , are still highly valued for personal defense today for the excellent ratio between power, close to that of a .357 magnum, and controllability. Also to facilitate the management of the recoil, the handle has been moved backwards by about 3 millimeters and, moreover, it is modern, a Hogue Monogrip with front grooves for the fingers and textures seizing on the sides.

Even inside, however, the changes are substantial: the weapon always has an external dog and single and double action shooting, the drum always opens by operating the pawl on the left side backwards, but while the original Cobra had spring “V” kinetics that with the upper arm provided the thrust to the dog and with the lower one provided the return of the trigger, today the spring is so to speak at “half V”, in the sense that only its upper arm continues to carry out the original function, while the lower arm has been truncated and serves only for the interlocking of the spring in its seat in the frame. The trigger is equipped with its own wire spring for return. Originally the Cobra had a rebound dog with a firing pin hinged on the dog itself, today instead it was opted for a more functional and above all hyper-safe mechanics with transfer bar and grain striker carried in the barrel. In practice, in the rest position the dog rests against the frame thanks to its upper projecting offshoot, without however being able to touch the firing pin. Only with the voluntary pressure on the trigger is a lever raised (the transfer bar precisely) that transmits the dog’s impact to the firing pin, causing the shot. Releasing the trigger, the lever is lowered again. With this system, the weapon cannot accidentally fire even in the event of a fall and collision.

The drum tilts on the left side for refueling, has a capacity of six shots and a diameter of 35.6 mm. Just to make a comparison, the diameter is only 1.6 millimeters higher than the drum of moderns revolver M&P Bodyguard 38 by Smith & Wesson, which however carry 5 shots. We challenge anyone to say whether he is able to notice, in his pocket or belt, a difference of 1.6 millimeters …

The opening of the drum is, as per Colt tradition, entrusted to the pawl on the right side, which must be set back: with this movement the central strut that locks the drum in closing also restrains constraining the center of the ejection star, there is no it is a second closing point nor has Colt ever foreseen it on its revolvers: just take a look at the thickness of the strut in question to understand that a second closing point is wasted effort. Furthermore, the drum is also held by the cheek of the opening pawl, which contrasts with the lateral profile of the rotation denture. As on the special detectives and cobras of the last construction period, the new Cobra also has the fairing under the barrel for the ejector rod, which is beneficial because it prevents accidental damage to the rod in question, it gives a modern and attractive look and contributes, finally, to an increase of a few grams in the front part for the benefit of a better set-up in shooting.

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