Colt Cobra Shooting Left


Low Budget Shooter
June 15, 2010, 03:19 PM
Dear THR Revolver Guys,

About a year ago, I found a nice 1968-ish Colt Cobra. Timing seems perfect. Trigger is very nice.

But I keep hitting left with it. I am not new to shooting, or to revolver shooting, and can usually do pretty well, so I don't think it's me, although I wouldn't be so proud as to rule that out entirely.

Is this a known problem with these?



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June 15, 2010, 04:58 PM
My cobra -1956- has been packed and shot alot - see pic, gun on right - and it shoots to the sights with 158 lead. As you can see, I carry it the most of all my revolvers and usually it is just tucked in the waistband under a shirt. The lighter weight keeps it from falling down my pants.

I do notice in my shooting that the lighter guns with trigger pulls heavier than the gun are more sensitve to the trigger finger and the side of the shooting hand 'pushing' the gun during sear release.

I might suggest a bench session using the tip of the finger and keeping the finger away from the frame.

Of course it could be the sights are just off and maybe the barrel needs a tweak of tightening to move the front sight to the left. That in turn would move the sighted impact to the right.


June 15, 2010, 05:10 PM
Aim to the Right.

June 15, 2010, 05:31 PM
Mine shoots to the left as well. I usually shoot a pistol and all of my other revolvers are single action. When I first worked up the loads it was perfect. Shooting left is a new development. I tried shooting it single action with the same result. I have no idea what I'm doing, but it's gotta be me. One of charts here suggested too little finger on the trigger. I tried that with a substantial improvement, but I haven't really played with it too much. Good luck.

June 15, 2010, 10:21 PM
Try different ammo. Try different grips and try gripping differently. All can affect the point of impact.

Ammo speeds and bullet weight change the torquing of the gun due to their interaction with the rifling and muzzle flip.

The grips and your grip affect how much the torque and muzzle flip move the point of impact.

My Cobra, shooting Federal +P 125Gr ammo with checkered Eagle Secret Service grips shoots to the right of the point of aim. And they shoot low, of course.

Low Budget Shooter
June 15, 2010, 10:26 PM
Dear THR-ers,

I really appreciate the points so far. Anyone else have ideas?



June 20, 2010, 07:46 AM
LB. I figured mine out. The barrel has torqued (turned) to the right. After playing with it at the range, I thoroughly examined the gun. Look at the frame in relationship to the barrel and see if the barrel has turned in the frame. Mine had turned almost a1/16". I've no idea how this happens, but off to Colt for the fix.

Good luck.

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