However, many are getting disappointed when they find out about the problems with the new KC guns.
The new Colt King Cobras are guilty of slide plate screw misalignment, sticky ejector, trigger spring/ hammer issue, long trigger reset and double action problems.
Features & Specifications of New Colt King Cobra:
|Frame Material||Stainless Steel|
|Frame Finish||Brushed Stainless|
|Product weight||28 oz.|
|Slide||Steel front blade with an inset brass bead|
Common New Colt King Cobra Problems and Solutions
|The slide Plate Screw Misaligned||Send to Colt/ troubleshoot yourself.|
|Sticky Ejector||Dry fire.|
|Trigger Spring/ Hammer Issue||Replace the trigger return spring component.|
|Long Trigger Reset||It is a normal behavior of the new KCs action.|
|Double Action Problem||Get heavier mainsprings.|
Slide Plate Screw Misaligned
The side plate seam where the screw is on the frame is often out of place. The machining frequently comes as really shoddy and doesn’t line up correctly.
Call up Colt and send them the gun. Issue an RMA from them. However, the chances are it won’t be fixed. It may actually be worse, on top of that the gun will sit at their shop for 7-10 weeks.
One other solution is to loosen the screws. Then, gently press up with one finger on the underside of the side plate while tightening. Also, put blue Locktite on the screws. This should fix the fit.
The ejector plunger would be stuck when depressed. It would require you to push it back in.
The issue is that the tiny sleeves in the arm that the cylinder is attached to catch on the plunger’s serrations. It’s a design that is genuinely terrible.
The issue only arises when live rounds are present in the cylinder. This problem is also known as the ‘binding of the cylinder’.
Grit or burned powder fragments caught under the ejector are frequent causes of random cylinder binding. The serrations cause the issue too!
To solve the problem, press the plunger down while spinning the cylinder and applying pressure in various directions for a few hours. It becomes unstuck by rotating, which smooths out the serrations.
Secondly, fire the weapon with about 100 rounds of .38 special and 50 rounds of .357 magnum. after which you should clean it, load it, and take it to the range.
Trigger Spring/ Hammer Issue
This one’s a vague problem that Colt didn’t care to address. The hammer just falls forward when you cock it. It doesn’t catch the way it should.
If you attempt to pull the trigger and the double action, nothing happens. It would simply be stuck or locked. A trigger return spring will either break or have its rear come off.
Pull the trigger twice in quick succession after popping open and closing the cylinder. It won’t reset if the trigger return spring is the issue. You need to replace the trigger return spring in that case.
Additionally, due to improper heat treatment, the hammer is sheared off. Colt had a problem with the king cobras because a few of the initial batches had trigger return springs that weren’t working properly.
The new trigger return spring has a new design and a new component that would fix the issue. But the ones that are currently in use have not been recalled. Your best bet is to switch to the new part.
Long Trigger Reset
It has a long trigger reset. When the trigger is fully reset, there are 3 audible “stages” or clicks.
You feel one stage about 50% back after pulling the trigger and letting go, a second stage about 90% back, and then the final stage of trigger reset.
At 50%, the trigger can be pulled back without moving the hammer, and at 90%, the trigger is locked and won’t move.
This is not a problem; it’s just the way new KCs are constructed. There is unmistakably a staged feel to the trigger while resetting. Even with a normal reset speed.
The new Cobra uses a transfer bar safety-ignition action. The transfer bar drops from in-between the hammer and firing pin with the first click. The double-action strut on the hammer is pushed back by the trigger so that it can be bypassed.
It snaps back forward during the second click. The third click is the cylinder locking bolt resetting as the trigger snaps up past it.
Double Action Problem
There are several misfires in double action mode with factory .38 special and .357 ammo as well as reloaded ammunition using CCI and Sellier & Bellot primers. All misfires occur in double action mode.
There are many subpar primers available right now. Not just in factory ammo but also for reloaders. The problem of light strikes occurs by this.
The modern V-type mainsprings are relatively lightweight. Locally available heavier mainsprings are a better option.
User Feedback on New Colt King Cobra
Most people say good things about this gun. Most issues discussed in this article are rarely reported except the target issue.
Early revolvers did have QC problems. The new King Cobra, however, has an excellent fit and finish. The polish is excellent.
Although the design has not changed, there have been no mechanical issues. Despite the target issues, people claim that with the majority of ammunition, the point of impact was very close to the point of aim.
And with the heavy loads, it was undoubtedly close enough. But the new KC is a little bit heavier.
There have been complaints about finishes though. A sharp edge here and a corner on the crane there.
Overall, I wouldn’t have any trouble purchasing one of the new Colt revolvers if I was looking for a new DA revolver. What newly manufactured product doesn’t have faults? I would say Colt dealt with them quickly and amicably.
Top 3 Alternative Guns of New Colt King Cobra
Old King Cobra
The original King Cobra has a bigger frame and a coil spring action. Just like S&W J-frames and DA/SA revolvers.
They both have essentially a similar action. The Colt “I” frame, which was used in the original Python, is the same size frame and cylinder in the new 2020 Python.
Better trigger, parts availability, and lock operation. Particularly in a double action.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does Colt still make the Cobra?
Colt made a new run of the Colt Cobra with a steel frame and a fiber optic front sight, which was released in December 2017.
Will Colt bring back the Python?
Yes, it is set to come out in 2022.
What size is Rick Grimes Colt Python?
A six-inch barreled Colt Python .357.
What handgun can stop a grizzly bear?
I know some of you folks are the old gun kind of guys. But trust me, you will love the new King Cobra more.
Even if you don’t, you will know from this article, which disappointment to expect. So go ahead and get that gun. Because it will be worth it!