Model: King Cobra AA3080
Serial Number: 3KC600
Date of Manufacture: 1989 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
SOLD FOR: $2,400
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 left sideplate is marked with a “Rampant Colt” logo. The left rear of the trigger guard is marked “F”.
Barrel Length: The solid rib barrel with full underlug is 8”.
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a square notched, white outlined rear leaf sight adjustable for windage and elevation that is pinned to the top strap of the frame. The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with orange rubber insert, pinned to the top of the rib. The top of the barrel rib and the top strap have a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two piece black checkered rubber panels with finger grooves which fully enclose the grip frame. There are gold colored Colt medallions on each panel. The grips have only a few scattered light marks in the smooth borders. There are no rips or tears. The grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 95% of its finish. There are some scattered light scuffs and handling marks. The cylinder has a thin turn-line. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good-Fine 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 nylon Colt branded Bob Allen zipper case. The case shows minor storage wear with intact stitching and functional zippers, in about Fine condition.
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 8″ barrel. It is in Very Good-Fine condition with about 95% of its finish, a great bore, and strong mechanics. It comes with a nice Colt branded zipper case. This would make a great revolver for handgun hunting or silhouette shooting 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!