Sold For: $1,025.00
Serial Number: H68269
Year of Manufacture: 1975 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .38 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “COBRA / .38 SPECIAL CTG.”, the right is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” The side plate has a Rampant Colt logo, the left of the trigger guard has a “VP” in triangle at the front, the rear has an “S”. The crane and cut are marked with the serial number, the cut is also marked “T”.
Barrel Length: 2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade integral to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch in a “U” channel on top of the frame. The edges of the rear sight channel are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with each panel swelling at the top of the checkering providing a slight thumb-shelf or palm-swell. The right panel has notable dings at the back edge and the bottom-rear corner. There are a few other scattered more minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Black Alloy Frame
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 fouling.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 94% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges, most notable at the muzzle on each side and on the edges of the trigger guard. There are some scattered minor scuffs and scratches, some not through the finish. The action shows light operational wear including a thin turn-line on the cylinder. The sides of the hammer have some discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces solid lockup when the trigger is depressed on all 6 chambers. The revolver has a smooth double action trigger pull, 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 a black leather Bucheimer Pacemaker belt holster with thumb-snap.
Our Assessment: The Detective Special had been very popular with law enforcement and civilians who carried a concealed revolver as it allowed for a 6-shot revolver in the same frame size as other revolvers which only offered a 5-round capacity. With the introduction of the Cobra, Colt had the same capacity and frame size with a weight that was competitive with Smith & Wesson’s Airweight models. This example appears to have seen some carry and responsible use, but retains the great majority of its finish, a good bore and strong mechanics. While this Cobra would still make a great carry revolver, it would also be a nice addition for a Colt collector who wants to add all the serpents to the pit. Please see our photos and good luck!