Colt Announcing the King Cobra Carry Snubnosed .357 Magnum

Meet the King Cobra Carry. (Photo: Colt)

Colt’s Manufacturing is following up on their recently redesigned and relaunched King Cobra with the new Carry model. Capable at the range but built for every day carry the King Cobra Carry is a snubnosed 6-shot .357 Magnum revolver.

The King Cobra Carry is a double-action-only revolver with a bobbed hammer and a 2-inch barrel and full underlug. It has a full-size grip to help with recoil firing hot-loaded ammunition and accepts other grips for people who want a little more concealability.

Like all of the new-production Cobras, the King Cobra Carry has a user-interchangeable front sight held in place with a small set screw. The Carry model comes with a bead front sight and U-notch cut in the topstrap for rear sights. Other sights are offered separately including fiber optic and tritium night sights.

The updated Cobra design features a linear mainspring that provides an even trigger pull without stacking. This is especially important for double-action triggers since stacking can make shooting for accuracy more difficult. Colt wanted to make sure that their double-action triggers, in particular, stand out.

The King Cobra Carry has a brushed stainless finish that falls between their matte stainless on the standard Cobra and the high-polish finish on the Bright Cobra. It’s priced right in line with the 3-inch King Cobra with a suggested price of $899. The King Cobras are in fairly high demand and usually sell close to MSRP.

While some people may question the relevance of a compact revolver for self-defense and concealed-carry today, the King Cobra Carry does give you one more shot than other similarly-sized revolvers, and at 26 ounces, it’s heavy enough to shoot regularly and develop confidence with.

With the right grip revolvers can be easily concealed, especially for people who need to maintain a certain dress code. The Carry’s bobbed hammer will help reduce the chances of snagging on the draw.

See Also: First Shots with the .357 Mag Colt King Cobra

Being chambered for .357 Magnum also gives shooters more flexibility with ammo selection. In addition to full-house magnums the Carry can fire every kind of .38 Special from paper-punching wadcutters to extremely over-pressure .38 made for self-defense.

And of course there is a fun factor with these guns. There is something about shooting compact magnums that appeals to a lot of gun owners and Colt fans are no exception.

Still, there are plenty of people who will be left waiting following this announcement. We, along with everyone else, have our fingers crossed that the next Cobra will have a nice, long barrel with sights to match. That seems like the obvious next step for Colt.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Albert Scalzo January 3, 2020, 7:09 am

    I have always liked the Pythons fit and finish. One thing I hate about this gun is the very thin trigger. When I shoot, I usually like to shoot 200 rounds or so. The thin trigger makes my finger sore and ultimately, my shooting experience is less than it would be with a wider target trigger. It looks like Colt put some thought in the design of the new pistols but still use the same unacceptable trigger. I shoot a lot, so I don’t think I’ll be investing so much money in a firearm that still has the same design flaw.

  • Grant Stevens August 23, 2019, 10:16 am

    A revolver without a spurred hammer is like a breast without a nipple. Half the revolver’s utility is lost. There are striker-fired pistols for those who are hammer shy.

  • kris Hooks June 4, 2019, 11:21 am

    I bought one about a month ago. Love it. It took me some time to warm up to it. It is smaller. Much smaller then the older Colt double action revolvers. It is loud. It does have a little recoil. What did you expect with 357mag? It is less than half the weight of my Trooper MK III. The trooper has enough weight to counter balance the recoil. The trade off is it is small, lightweight (relatively), easy to conceal. A true wheel gun. Sights are not adjustable. I wish there where a selection of barrel lengths. I am with the crowd cheering on Colt to remake the Python! Bring back the snakes!!!

  • Frank sanders May 6, 2019, 6:30 pm

    Just carry two, problem solved

  • The Millionth Counsel May 4, 2019, 3:04 pm

    The .357 magnum is too loud fired through a 4-6 in barrel handgun even with hearing protection. Fired through a 2 in barrel and because it appears to be designed as a carry conceal firearm and would most likely be fired without hearing protection if brought into action; no thanks, I defend my hearing and carry something else.

  • DTBorden May 3, 2019, 10:30 pm

    “Snub-nosed” – This is a really ignorant term. A revolver doesn’t have a “nose”, although it can have a short barrel.

  • Johnny May 3, 2019, 8:38 pm

    The Python would be Colt’s best seller of the revolvers. I have the Anaconda, but the Python is the most accurate revolver I have ever had! I would buy another Python or two!

  • BigC May 3, 2019, 1:28 pm

    I just don’t understand why Colt is so reticent to make the gun everyone wants……the PYTHON!!

  • Ted Geeraerts May 3, 2019, 10:43 am


  • Bruce May 3, 2019, 10:14 am

    Firing .357 magnum rounds through a 2 inch gun is a complete waste of powder. Unless you want to set the target on fire.

  • Mike in a Truck May 3, 2019, 9:43 am

    Love IT! For those wanting a reintroduction of the Python (I do) hang in there troops.Colts is testing the waters and market to see how its guns sell.Those that balk at the price tag can go pound it up your ass.Look at the stupid crap people spend money on. Dumb ass electronic toys, the latest goofy phone.Hollywood vomit they call movies.Dont forget the latest plastic pistol that promises to turn you into a first tier operator.Get bent. These revolvers are the real deal and have class.Not enough capacity? STFU and learn how to fight.Get up off your keister and run two miles.Go to the Dojo and learn an empty hands skill.Stop whining and think like a warrior.

  • Cyrus May 3, 2019, 7:41 am

    Very nice effort but I will stick with my original Python. Hard to believe that they don’t re-run the Pythons since this is what their customers want. Me, I would like an Anaconda in 44 Mag. Then they got my money for a new gun.

  • Ralph Matias May 3, 2019, 7:38 am

    How about installing an adjustable sight on the 3” King Cobra and charge a reasonable price for the every person

  • Steve Hughes May 3, 2019, 4:49 am

    Nine hundred dollars…? REALLY…? NINE hundred?????
    Isn’t it about time so-called “High End” manufacturers brought their prices back to the land of reality.
    The COLT name ALONE is NOT WORTH $300 – 400…!

  • Bill May 3, 2019, 4:03 am

    wow! Love it already have been looking for a self carry for my wife. The DAO feature is a saftey factor we love
    See you at the range

  • Don Meyer May 3, 2019, 2:39 am

    Why didn’t you tell how many rounds it holds.

    • Cyrus May 3, 2019, 7:43 am

      How about you re-read the first paragraph more carefully!

    • Lucas Brasi May 3, 2019, 2:52 pm

      Please work on your reading comprehension skills as it clearly states that it holds 6 rounds.

  • Greg gowen May 3, 2019, 12:29 am

    How about 327 federal? In the 3″ ?

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