SOLD FOR: $1225
Model: King Cobra
Serial Number: VK3587
Date of Manufacture: 1992 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
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 front of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle.
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 with yellow paint over it. The rear sight is a white-outlined square notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base pinned to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips is a one-piece pebble-textured black rubber Hogue Monogrip with finger grooves which leaves the serrated backstrap exposed. The grip has minor handling wear with a few scattered light scuffs. There is wear at the bottom of the backstrap channel. Overall, the grip is in about Very Good condition as not original to the gun.
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 92% of its finish. There are some scattered light scuffs and scratches, most notable along the sides of the barrel rib and topstrap and on the bottom of the trigger guard. The cylinder has a turn-line. The trigger and hammer show minor operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good-plus 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: None.
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 Very Good-plus condition with about 92% of its finish, a great bore, and strong mechanics. 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!