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Colt Cobra 1965 .38 Special

Sold For:  $455  |  Ended On: 11/19/2023
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Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 12

Known Details

Caliber: .38 Special

Finish: Blue

Grips: Walnut

Barrel Length: 2"

Round Capacity: 6

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: 159932-LW

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

This Colt Cobra revolver is chambered in .38 special and according to Colt’s serial number lookup was produced in 1965. The Cobra was the first of the lightweight revolvers to come from Colt. Although it is a serpent, it’s not to be confused with that of the King Cobra. Cobra production started in 1950, shortly after the war and had similar characteristics to the ever-popular Detective Special, the primary difference was the Cobra boasts 15-ounce frame aluminum frame. Lighter than the competition, and the ability to carry the 6th round allowed it to stay in good graces with public, and off duty officers.

Colt Cobra

This Colt Cobra is fitted with a 2” barrel, wears checkered walnut grips and features a grooved trigger. The finish is shown in good condition, micro surface scratches can be noticed on both sides of the frame, with some minor pitting on the barrel and cylinder. The variance in finish color can be seen from material difference in the frame and steel portions of the Cobra. There is edge silvering throughout, while the edges still retain sharpness.

Colt Cobra Chambered in .38 special

The markings on the left side of the pistol display sharp edges and are easily read. “COBRA” over “.38 SPECIAL CTG.” on the barrel and the rampant Colt on the frame above the grip. The revolver hides the serial match both crane and frame “159932-LW”. There is a VP in triangle on the left-side trigger guard bow and an “H” on the frame behind the trigger. Lightly etched on the frame under the cylinder reads “GM 12-24-74″ the origin of this marking is unknown. The right side of the barrel reads “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”

38 special revolver cylinder

The leading edges of this Colt Cobra show some silvering, this is focused on the muzzle. There is some slight surface pitting on the barrels right side around Colt’s patent.  The front sight shows sharp edges with minor silvering on the leading edge, and sharp serrations on the ramped back side. The ejector rod head shows sharp knurling with common wear patterns on the ejector rod.

Colt Cobra Walnut Grips with Colt Medallion

The flush type rampant Colt Medallions are bright with no discolorations framed at the top of the grips. The walnut grips differ in color from side to side, one showing brighter than the other, both showing similar levels of wear. No major chips or handling marks, only slight flattening of the checkers near the butt of each side.

Rampant Colt Revolver

Overall, this Colt Cobra shows its age but does it well. The top strap, front strap and but show minimal superficial handling marks. For a first-generation Colt Cobra, this would be a great addition to any Colt revolver or .38 special collection, with a possible unknown back story worth digging into based on the markings under the cylinder. 

 

Winning Bid
$455 by bighornusa
Ended On
November 19th, 2023
Bids
10
821 Views | 9 Watchers

Comments & Questions

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BC_Ryder

Seller  11/20/2023 3:04:55 AM UTC

Thank you to everyone that bid on this great Cobra. @bighornusa - Congratulations, will be in touch.

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Safe Queens

11/20/2023 3:03:35 AM UTC

Sold on 11/19/2023 for $455 to bighornusa

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kbetts

11/19/2023 9:55:44 PM UTC

I opened this page a bit ago and realized my pulse rate was up
Made me smile

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BC_Ryder

Seller  11/19/2023 7:39:21 PM UTC

Reserve has been met on this Colt Cobra. Best of luck to all bidders this evening.

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bighornusa

11/18/2023 9:26:37 PM UTC

$455 Bid

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KENNYB

11/18/2023 12:58:38 PM UTC

$300 Bid

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kbetts

11/18/2023 12:07:54 AM UTC

$265 Bid

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KENNYB

11/17/2023 11:59:25 AM UTC

$175 Bid

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kbetts

11/17/2023 2:33:30 AM UTC

It’s a beautiful revolver for sure
I have a Cobra Agent,same age
Mine pales compared to this

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kbetts

11/17/2023 2:30:53 AM UTC

@BC_Ryder,I agree
Initials and a date

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lumberjack2

11/16/2023 11:59:35 PM UTC

$150 Bid

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BC_Ryder

Seller  11/16/2023 9:06:27 PM UTC

@cowboy77 - I do not. Initially I thought it was someone's initials and a date. It could be anything really as this would have been something done after it left Colt. I have owned this Cobra since 2019. There was no backstory with it when I purchased it.

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cowboy77

11/16/2023 8:55:13 PM UTC

@kbetts It seems like its got a back story doesn’t it? @BC_Ryder, Do you know anything about the inscription on the frame under the cylinder?

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kbetts

11/15/2023 3:11:25 PM UTC

This is for sure a sleeping giant

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KENNYB

10/27/2023 9:25:39 PM UTC

$125 Bid

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FritzRice

10/27/2023 2:53:26 PM UTC

$90 Bid

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KENNYB

10/26/2023 3:53:01 PM UTC

$70 Bid

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vet-72

10/25/2023 7:06:04 PM UTC

$50 Bid

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KENNYB

10/18/2023 11:42:30 AM UTC

$25 Bid

Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 12

Known Details

Caliber: .38 Special

Finish: Blue

Grips: Walnut

Barrel Length: 2"

Round Capacity: 6

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: 159932-LW

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

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