Who's got a Cobra Patriot 45 cal?


November 25, 2007, 06:19 PM
What is the least expensive ammo that functions well?
Has anyone used thier own reloads? If so, what type bullet?

Asking these questions as I bought one today and while the handbook says HP might not function well, Remington Golden Sabre 185 gr did function perfectly. On other hand, very few of my reloads of 200 grain round nose flat point performed well; They fed very well but most required more than one trigger pull to get them to fire. A few wouldn't fire at all even tho the primers all were dented pretty well. This same ammo works well in my Kahr P45 and a bunch of 1911's. If i can't get it to fire reloads, it won't be in my closet very long!:banghead:

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November 25, 2007, 08:16 PM
I was curious about these as well. How much was yours?

November 25, 2007, 10:00 PM
Just keep trying to shoot it. It will fall apart quick enough

November 25, 2007, 10:17 PM
Mooseman: it was $275 otd.

Michael: have you ever actually ever owned the 45 cal, or just like to toss out negative comments? If you have owned one, how about giving me some specific details as to how many rounds fired, what type ammo (this is what i ask about in starting this thread) and what caused it fall apart?

November 25, 2007, 10:29 PM
I've heard the Cobra 45s were made from different tooling and were actually pretty decent compared to their lower caliber counterparts. I'm anxious to here how they shoot and holdup.

November 25, 2007, 10:58 PM
Mooseman: will prob get over to Walmart tmr to get some
WWB in 230 gr to see how that works. I usually try to keep some on hand for when I get a new 45 and didn't know I was out or I'd have bought some FMJ while at the gun show. Will let you know the results.

I'm just puzzled why so many of my reload primers failed to ignite when they work in all my other 45's: Colts, Norks, Kahr, Springer, Dan Wesson, etc.

November 26, 2007, 05:38 AM
my boss owns one. it seems like it'll take any ball ammo you feed it. i think i'd like one for myself, eventually. a .45ACP for under $400? works for me.

November 26, 2007, 08:58 PM
Mine has shot all 230gr loads I've tried. I sometimes pocket carry with it. The Kahr PM45 is the only .45 auto smaller and lighter. I've had trouble with feeding lighter bullet loads, but other owners have reported no problems with those. I'd recommend it as an inexpensive alternative to the Kahr or Glock 36. I've heard it is a well-designed gun and believe a very good value for the money. I paid about $225 for it new including shipping.


December 3, 2007, 05:38 PM
Follow up on Patriot: After emailing the Cobra Company about failure of WWB and other brands, I got a prompt reply from Bill Gentry, President of Cobra, with offer of providing UPS pick-up if I wanted to send it back for warranty work. He noted that all guns are tested with Federal Eagle FMJ and that I should try some. Unable to find any at local gun store, I picked up a box of 100 Federal primers and loaded up a 100 bullets exactly like those I have on hand with Winchester primers. EVERY Dang bullet fired as it should. Looks like I need to switch to Federalprimers from now on. I'll try some more of thebullets with Win primers later on just to see if they now work any better since the gun has now had about 150 rounds thru it. Don't much hold to the notion that a gun needs breaking in but maybe in this case, as with a lot of Kahr's, it does. We'll see!

I didn't like the follower on the mag as it was a finger pincher so I swapped it out for a Shooting Star follower I had on hand. Worked fine and is much easier on the thumb. Also tried a McCormick mag that I use a lot on my 1911's and it too worked perfectly.

Accuracy is reasonable for 3" barrel and the rear sight is adjustable for windage. I tend to shoot low on most guns and this one is no diff, impacting about 6" below the bull at my 36 foot range.

Stiff trigger pull, about 10 lbs, so it ain't gonna be one that I want to put a lot of rounds thru. Super easy to take down and clean and the barrel showed no signs of leading from the 100 rounds put thru it. All in all, I think its a pretty good gun for the money, with a life time warranty.

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