Colt 4" stainless King Cobra price check


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bikemutt
April 2, 2013, 08:17 PM
I just about fainted today when I walked into a LGS where a sizable portion of my 401k now resides :)

There, under glass, was a very minty Colt King Cobra 4" stainless gun. This one has only a very tiny holster rub on the right side of the muzzle, and I mean very tiny. It has a very clean barrel bore, very clean cylinder bores, times and locks up like a Hawaiian Hula dancer at the early show on Waikiki beach. It appears to be unmolested with no boogered screw heads or pry marks anywhere. I did not take a picture because my hands weren't steady enough for one ;)

I put a 24hr hold on it since the shop owner was ill today. Asking $875, I think he'll knock something off but probably not much. Since I was there last week and that gun was not out, my guess is the only reason I stumbled on it is because the owner was so sick Monday, they had the store closed.

I'm down to zero Colt's at this time and slowly winnowing my collection of 6" barrels down to what I like to shoot, which are 4" barrel guns. The King Cobra could be described as a grail for me, this specimen looks like it wants a good home. But I don't want to get hosed and overpay if these are more common than I believe.

So I'm calling in a THR lifeline, what think folks?

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Starter52
April 2, 2013, 08:29 PM
Buy it.

rswartsell
April 2, 2013, 08:45 PM
bikemutt,

You are a discerning buyer and either by chance, skill, or environment have found many better buys than I have. So I will freely admit that my advice to you may be carrying coals to Newcastle.

All the same I don't find this deal overpriced in today's market in any sense and I feel that the KC should be a "don't miss" when given this chance. I feel it will live up to your expectations and there will be no more made. How could you lose? If you can knock 25-50 bucks off, more power to you. You just might regret drawing a hard line and walking away though.

P.S. What 6"ers do you still want to move? I'd love to hear about them and maybe more.

bikemutt
April 2, 2013, 09:40 PM
I should clarify, the 4" KC is grail, I had a 6" one and did not care for how it balanced, for me, sold that one and lost not a red cent.

I also had a 4" Anaconda which I stupidly, stupidly sold :banghead::banghead:.

That's when I connected the dots and realized a 4" KC could scratch the Colt itch. I found a few to handle but they were not in the sort of shape I cared to buy, and they were all in this ballpark price.

I'll go back tomorrow and really scrutinize this one, if its as nice as my precursory review indicates, I'll snag it.

My only trepidation is this LGS rarely, if ever, under prices a gun. They price fairly IMO. They also don't try to sell customers on guns. All of which leads me to ask myself if I'm overlooking something. The question is rhetorical of course, only I can answer my own self-doubt. We shall see.

Shear_stress
April 2, 2013, 10:08 PM
Get it, but I'm warning you--these things are addictive.

skidder
April 2, 2013, 10:35 PM
That's not a bad price at all.

I saw one at a gun show for $1000 a month ago.

Concerning barrel length:
I'm slowly drifting to the 3" & 4" models myself. Keeping one 6" 357 and one 6" 44. My 4" models are getting to ride-shot gun more often due to their practical size. Just the perfect barrel length IMO.

I say go for it!

jehicks87
April 2, 2013, 11:06 PM
bikemutt, if you decide to walk away from this deal... which I don't think you do, but if you do... I've been looking for a nice revolver to buy myself as a "coming home present" (second deployment to Afghanistan and all). Would you be so kind as to shoot me the contact information for this gun store if you pass on this deal?

Obviously, my recommendation is "buy it." Because if you don't... I will. :D

bikemutt
April 2, 2013, 11:58 PM
Rswartsell asked about remaining 6" revolvers, there are but two. Every time I suck it up, open the safe to say today is the day, I take one look at them and close the door. Close to flawless both, a nickel -1M 586 and a no-dash M-stamped 686.

I don't know but, I think its OK to hang onto a couple just because. I probably need help, lol.

bannockburn
April 3, 2013, 12:27 AM
bikemutt

If I could do certain parts of my life over again I would have certainly hung onto my 4" Colt Trooper Mk.V. The gun just felt and balanced right in my hand and the factory walnut grips fit me perfectly. If the King Cobra is like that for you then by all means get it and enjoy.

Havok7416
April 3, 2013, 02:12 AM
I bought a 4-inch King Cobra awhile back and it was right in the ballpark of what your LGS is asking. I would buy it if I were you, especially since it is a "grail" gun to you.

Dframe
April 3, 2013, 12:23 PM
Buy it!!! These things are BRUTE strong and very accurate. AND thats a pretty good price.

bikemutt
April 3, 2013, 03:44 PM
I called to make sure the owner was in and then headed up, its about a 20 minute ride on the Interstate.

I really went over the gun, even brought my own snap caps. It has been used for sure, but I'd wager it rarely, if ever saw .357 magnums. It has been well taken care of and still feels very solid, certainly as solid as any of my S&W L-frame revolvers, maybe even more so. The only imperfect screw I found was the grip screw and it was still acceptable.

Money is tight right now because tax time is coming up so I put it on layaway and will make payments until she's mine. There were two other sticky notes with guy's names on the gun, backup offers. The owner let me have it for $825.

Thanks for the encouragement team-THR, I always appreciate your thoughtful and insightful comments. Here's a couple pics.

http://i497.photobucket.com/albums/rr338/hcedmondson/20130403_110834_zpsf3e9c5bf.jpg

http://i497.photobucket.com/albums/rr338/hcedmondson/20130403_110825_zps3adae397.jpg

Queen_of_Thunder
April 3, 2013, 04:18 PM
Wish one of these would show up in my LGS. It would be out the door with me in a micro-second.

evan price
April 3, 2013, 04:28 PM
Only a couple years ago $600 seemed high, wow. Nice guns, mine is my never sell gun.

Dframe
April 3, 2013, 04:43 PM
Congratulations. The KC is one of the guns many people don't know about. They are excellent shooters.

rswartsell
April 3, 2013, 06:42 PM
Sweet! Congrats.

evan price
April 4, 2013, 04:35 AM
A quick perusal of Gunbroker shows these have totally broken the $1000 barrier. That's Python territory.

bannockburn
April 4, 2013, 05:52 AM
bikemutt

For a King Cobra, in that nice of condition, I think $825 is a really decent price. Great find!

bigtubby
April 4, 2013, 07:15 AM
I think you got more than a fair deal on that one bikemutt!!!

OilyPablo
April 4, 2013, 07:29 AM
Renton? And you drove 20 minutes north......what gun shop?

460Kodiak
April 4, 2013, 09:33 AM
Nice man. Good price

chez323
April 4, 2013, 11:55 AM
http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j426/chez323/kingcobras_zps24af0026-1_zps2d1f34b5.jpg

nice pick up, I paid $850 for mine late last year........ picked up the 2 1/2" in a trade and couldn't be happier.......... very nice guns! Enjoy yours but be prepared to want another one. LOL

bikemutt
April 4, 2013, 03:22 PM
Renton? And you drove 20 minutes north......what gun shop?
DJ's Bothell.

sarge83
April 4, 2013, 05:18 PM
I bought one a dozen yrs. ago from my wife's boss. He sent a KC just like the op, $300. Ruger P89. $450, AMT .45 Backup $375. I was not interested in the later two as they were overpriced, but the KC was love at first sight. I sent the others back via my wife to work the next day and asked her to ask him are you sure $300 for the KC and she didn't mix up the prices? Yes he said that is what i want for it. SOLD!

OilyPablo
April 4, 2013, 07:50 PM
DJ's Bothell.

Oh man - score. My only gripe about that place is their tiny parking lot. But they have a nice used collection!

bikemutt
April 4, 2013, 09:51 PM
Oh man - score. My only gripe about that place is their tiny parking lot. But they have a nice used collection!
With the frequent guest program you get a reserved parking space :)

OilyPablo
April 4, 2013, 09:54 PM
Sometimes they will have a gem lever gun just in the center round racks, and 1911 collection that is decent. You KNOW I would have bought that Colt if I wondered in there. Glad you got it first!

ColtPythonElite
April 4, 2013, 10:07 PM
Only a couple years ago $600 seemed high.
Yep,

I have one that appears to be unfired. A couple of years ago, I carried it around a couple of guns shows and couldn't even get an offer when I priced it at $700-$750. I am glad I stuck it in the back of my safe and more or less forgot about it....I do have a pair of polished shooters, too. I bought the 6" new in 1990 for $335. The 4" used cost me $900 about three years ago. I think it was about $200 buck too high at the time, but polished guns are rare and command a premium over matte.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=144017&d=1308222157

bikemutt
April 4, 2013, 11:13 PM
Yes, you are exactly right. I scan that rack each time I'm there, also the first one on the left as you walk in, all 22 rifles. I really want to add a pump 22 to the safe. Show up there on any weekday around 10:30, its where many WWII era folks prowl for nice old rifles. I love that place, it smells so good.

bikemutt
April 4, 2013, 11:19 PM
Yep,

I have one that appears to be unfired. A couple of years ago, I carried it around a couple of guns shows and couldn't even get an offer when I priced it at $700-$750. I am glad I stuck it in the back of my safe and more or less forgot about it....I do have a pair of polished shooters, too. I bought the 6" new in 1990 for $335. The 4" used cost me $900 about three years ago. I think it was about $200 buck too high at the time, but polished guns are rare and command a premium over matte.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=144017&d=1308222157
That's great shooting CPE, and two very nice looking Colts, thanks for sharing.k

ColtPythonElite
April 4, 2013, 11:23 PM
Thanks. They are great guns. The 6" has had 25k+ rounds put thru it. It is still tight as new and one of my most accurate revolvers.

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