Colt Cobra 2″ DA/SA 6-Shot .38 Special Snub Nose Revolver, 1971 C&R w/ Box

SOLD FOR: $955

WOA#: WY240213MC009

Make: Colt

Model: Cobra

Serial Number: B81898

Year of Manufacture: 1971 (

Caliber: .38 Special

Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Revolver

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “COBRA / .38 SPECIAL CTG.”.  The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT.F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD. CONN. U.S.A.”. The side plate has a Colt Rampant.  The left side of the grip frame is marked “M”.  The crane and cut are both marked “B81898”.  The inside of the grips are marked “898”.

Barrel Length: 2”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a partially rounded blade with a serrated rear face, fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch in a “U” channel on top of the frame. The top of the frame is serrated for glare reduction.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with silver-colored Colt logo medallions. The grips have minor handling wear, but no notable damage. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blue with Black Alloy Frame

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition:  The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition:  This handgun retains about 99% of its finish. The cylinder has a faint turn line, mostly not through the finish. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks with no play on all chambers when the trigger is depressed. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action pull is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes with its factory box, owner’s manual, and cylinder snap ring.

Our Assessment:  The Colt Cobra marks a significant point in the evolution of modern revolvers, offering a blend of historic Colt quality with innovations tailored for contemporary users. Introduced in the 1950s, the Cobra was Colt’s foray into the world of lightweight, snub-nosed revolvers, employing an aluminum alloy frame to reduce weight without sacrificing durability. This move made the Cobra an instant hit among those seeking a reliable and easily concealable firearm for personal defense and law enforcement duty.

Chambered primarily in .38 Special, a caliber known for its balance of power and manageability, the Colt Cobra features a six-round capacity, providing ample firepower in a compact package. Its double-action mechanism allows for quick and responsive firing, with a trigger pull designed for smoothness and precision. Over the years, the Cobra has been celebrated for its ergonomic design, incorporating a full-sized grip that ensures comfort and control, even in rapid-fire scenarios or high-stress situations.

The aesthetic appeal of the Colt Cobra cannot be overlooked, with its polished finish and attention to detail reflecting Colt’s commitment to craftsmanship. The revolver’s design is both classic and functional, with clean lines and proportions that have made it a favorite among collectors and shooters alike. The Colt Cobra’s enduring popularity attests to its status as a versatile and dependable firearm, combining the best of Colt’s storied tradition with the practical needs of modern users.  Please see our photos and good luck!

Colt Cobra 2" DA/SA 6-Shot .38 Special Snub Nose Revolver, 1971 C&R w/ Box
Colt Cobra 2″ DA/SA 6-Shot .38 Special Snub Nose Revolver, 1971 C&R w/ Box