Colt Model King Cobra 6″ Stainless .357 Magnum Double Action Revolver, 1996

SOLD FOR: $907.00

WOA#: WY240324DH008

Make: Colt

Model: King Cobra

Serial Number: KS3561

Date of Manufacture: 1996 (

Caliber: .38 Special/.357 Magnum

Action Type: 6-Shot Single and Double Action Revolver With Swing Out Cylinder

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “KING COBRA” with a Cobra head engraving. The right side of the barrel is marked “-357 MAGNUM CARTRIDGE- / COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The flat under the crane and the crane are marked with the serial number. The inside of the ejector rod cutout is marked “S”. The sideplate is marked with a “Rampant Colt” logo. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle, the rear is marked “6”.

Barrel Length: The solid rib barrel with full underlug is 6”.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade pinned to the barrel’s rib. The sight has an orange plastic insert. The rear sight is a white-outlined square notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base pinned to the topstrap.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black rubber with finger grooves, silver Colt medallions and Colt banners molded to the bottom on each side. There is some scuffing in the smooth borders. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Stainless Steel

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore, but there is some stubborn copper fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The action shows minor operational wear, including a thin turn line on the cylinder. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lock-up on this revolver has very little play on each chamber. The trigger is smooth in double action, and crisp in single action. We have not fired this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a blue plastic Colt case with serial-matching label and manual.

Our Assessment: One of Colt’s “Seven Serpents”, the King Cobra is a medium-frame 6-shot .357 revolver. It has the looks of a Python with lockwork more similar to the venerable Trooper line of revolvers. This example has a stainless steel finish with 6″ barrel. It is in Excellent condition, appearing to have spent more time in the included factory box than out. This would make a great hunting sidearm or home defense revolver and would also fit in with a Colt collection that hasn’t added this snake to the pit. Please see our pictures and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Colt Model King Cobra 6" Stainless .357 Magnum Double Action Revolver, 1996
Colt Model King Cobra 6″ Stainless .357 Magnum Double Action Revolver, 1996