Colt’s Backcountry Bear Guns: Grizzly & Kodiak — NRA 2024

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At NRAAM 2024, Colt’s Manufacturing Company dropped two new revolvers that promise a wild ride.

First up, meet the Colt Kodiak, a 44 Magnum that blends classic style with the ruggedness needed for the great outdoors.

This beast features ergonomic, recoil-absorbing Hogue OverMolded grips—yeah, they fit the Colt Python and Anaconda too, in case you’re into swapping things around.

The Kodiak sports a stainless steel barrel with a fancy ventilated rib and a ported design to keep your shots steady, no matter how rough it gets out there.

It’s built for comfort and precision, packing a 6-round capacity and the kind of specs that make a hunter’s heart race: double and single action triggers, adjustable sights, and a price tag of $1,599.

MSRP: $1,599

Colt Kodiak Specifications: 

  • Capacity: 6 Rounds
  • Frame Material: Stainless Steel 
  • Finish: Stainless Steel
  • Grip: Hogue® Over-Molded Rubber Grips
  • Barrel Description: 1:20 LH, 6 Groove 
  • Trigger Action: Double & Single Action
  • Trigger Pull Double Action: 7-9.5 lbs. (31-42N)
  • Front Sight: Red Ramp
  • Rear Sight: Target Sight, Adjustable for Windage and Elevation
  • Unloaded Weight: 48.5 oz.
  • MSRP: $1,599

Not to be outdone, Colt also unveiled the Colt Grizzly. This .357 Magnum revolver is the perfect partner for any backcountry expedition, mixing a polished stainless-steel frame with a matte top for better sighting.

Like the Kodiak, it holds six rounds and features those comfy Hogue grips. Whether you’re using .357 Magnum or .38 Special rounds, the Grizzly is designed to boost every shooter’s confidence.

MSRP: $1,599.

Colt Grizzly Specifications: 

  • Chambered: .357 Magnum
  • Capacity: 6 Rounds
  • Frame Material: Stainless Steel 
  • Barrel Description: 1:14” LH, 6 Groove 
  • Red Ramp Front Sight
  • Adjustable Target Rear Sight for Windage and Elevation
  • Finish: Stainless Steel
  • Double / Single Action
  • Grip: Hogue® OverMolded Rubber Grips
  • Trigger Pull Double Action: 7-9.5 lbs (31-42N)
  • Unloaded Weight: 41.1 oz
  • MSRP: $1,599

So, whether you’re chasing the thrill of the hunt or just adding to your collection, Colt’s latest offerings are ready to impress without breaking the bank. Learn more HERE.

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  • Tommy Barrios May 27, 2024, 1:48 pm

    It was Elmer Keith and Dan Wesson who invented the 44 Magnum and a Smith & Weston revolver to shoot the same!
    So why not stick with the original?

  • B. Harrison May 27, 2024, 1:01 pm

    Those pistols would get you killed by a grizzly. Having lived out on the Seward Peninsula, I know that a grizz can cover tundra and broken ground at fifty feet per second, and even if you had the time, nerve, and the luck to get off all six shots, the bear is still going to kill you, maybe eat some of your chest cavity, then start to amble on home before those shots hurt him. The locals carry shotguns loaded with #4 or BB, aim for the face, get off one or two shots, blinding the bear, then QUIETLY getting the hell out of there. And when a rogue grizz attacks, like (fact) on a man in his truck, then his home in the Eskimo village of Council, they radio Fish and Game, who fly in on a float plane, and shoot the bear with a Wetherby .460 Magnum or other “elephant gun.” Out on the tundra and rivers, you are lower on the food chain than the grizzlies, and don’t get me started about the Polar Bears that come in off the ice to poke around Bering Street in Nome, nosing around for a meal.

    • LJ May 28, 2024, 10:47 am

      It all has to do with shot placement. Yes, blinding a big bruin with a shot-gun blast in the face is an option, as is a blast of bear spray. But at close range with a pistol cartridge, your best bet at terminating an attack is to hope for a brain shot, and if you’re lucky enough, maybe even a brain shot that severs the spinal cord, causing instant paralysis/death.

      With that though in mind, I’d rather pack in a full size Glock 10mm with 15rd mags loaded with a full power 220gr hard cast that could reach deep into that big head. I can control and keep my G20, with hot loads mind you, on target a lot easier than one of my 6 shot .44 mags. Recoil recovery is a lot faster with the soft-shooting striker fired pistols. And full power 10mm loads aren’t too far off – power wise – to a .41 magnum. AND a semi-auto is going to have 9 more rounds to boot, verses a 6 shot revolver.

  • Beobear May 27, 2024, 12:50 pm

    Beautiful guns, if I had the spare coinage I’d buy a Kodiak right now. I do wonder why they create guns like these with fully exposed back straps in the grip. They put those “recoil absorbing” grips on but that exposed steel on the grip is what’s hit your palm so they do nothing but make the rest of the grip more comfortable. S&W does the same thing with half of their grips exposed. I had to purchase a S&W 500 grip for my 629 to get my entire back strap covered. Just seems like an odd thing to do.

  • ron May 27, 2024, 9:06 am

    I wish Colt would offer this gun in .41 Remington Magnum. .41 Mag has about 25 % less recoil than the .44 Mag, but still delivers over 1,100 ft pounds of energy.

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