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Cobra Arms, are they any good whatsoever?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Greg8098, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. Greg8098

    Greg8098 Well-Known Member

    Anyone own anything from Cobra Arms. I know they are cheap :rolleyes: , but how well made are they compared to others such as Lorcin, Bryco etc.......???
  2. PistolNewbie

    PistolNewbie Well-Known Member

    I purchased a Cobra 32 Derringer a few years ago and it appears to be decently built plus I liked the idea of it being American made. I have never fired it and purchased it mainly for the novelty factor. I have always been fascinated with derringers and these are definately affordable. I may even purchase another one. However, I have read some very negative comments about these and other small guns on this site. Guess everybody has their own criteria. It would scare the hell out of me :uhoh: if I ever thought I would have to use one of these for self defense.
  3. bamasurp

    bamasurp Member


    I despise them as I have recovered so many at crime scenes and from thugs. All I have come in contact with have been heavy for their size as are a lot of cheap handguns. They do work and kill people though. I have not actually fired one so I don't know how well they function or of reliablity. They appear similar to the jennings, davis, bryco, and hi-point. Highpoint's you have to push a roll pin out of the rear of the slide to disassemble.

  4. nelson133

    nelson133 Well-Known Member

    They basically are the Jennings, Bryco, Lorcin, etc. The machinery was purchased from those companies when they went under and moved to Utah and the guns are built under the Cobra name. The only cheap gun I would trust is a Hi-Point.
  5. Golddog

    Golddog Well-Known Member

    If you want to gamble, Las Vegas is a lot more fun than a junk gun.
  6. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    The only inexpensive gun I would trust is a Hi-Point also. I have owned three and they were good reliable guns for what they are. I have wondered if Hi-Point can offer a lifetime no questions asked warranty, why can't higher end gun manufacturers?
  7. Lou22

    Lou22 Well-Known Member

    The only Cobra I can recommend is the Patriot .45 auto. I have one and the only complaint I have is it seems to only like 230gr. Otherwise it is a great subcompact, I believe about the smallest and lightest being made. And you can't beat the price. I paid about $225 new for mine. The rest of their autos are based on older designs like from Davis. I wouldn't bother with them.

  8. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    That's not true at all. The Cobra company makes fine guns and they are in no way like the Saturday Night Specials you mentioned. Their Derringers are well made and their pistols are on par with Kel-Tec.
  9. rhubarb

    rhubarb Well-Known Member

    With all due respect ArchAngelCD, I must vehemently disagree. I had a Cobra 380 that was a pot metal junk gun. It was poorly made: the nickel plating (paint?) on the barrel began to flake off the first time I shot it, the extractor pin backed out of its oblong hole after 100 rounds, accuracy was nil, and overall fit and finish was on par with a cap gun.

    KelTec makes far superior arms. Cobra Enterprises could only dream of being on the same level as Keltec. Cobra is the current incarnation of Bryco/Davis/Jennings. While not the same companies, they produce the same type of products.

    As to the original post inquiring about the derringers, I have no experience with them, only the semi-auto .380.
  10. md2lgyk

    md2lgyk Well-Known Member

    For what it's worth, American Rifleman (or maybe Handguns, I don't remember which) did an article on a Cobra in their last issue. It actally fared pretty well.
  11. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Well-Known Member

    Get a Taurus and save the headaches.
  12. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member


    Buy what you want, but do you plan to put your life in the hands of a cheap gun? Quality costs $$$. There are far better choices.
  13. siskiyou3

    siskiyou3 Active Member

    I would avoid the autos but I have a derringer in 22 mag that is pretty decent.
    Ive put a fair amount of rounds through it and it is still pretty tight.
    Nice gun to fool around with but I wouldnt trust it for self defense.
  14. jahwarrior

    jahwarrior Well-Known Member

    if you're in need of a gun, and you have to count every penny you have, then cobra guns are fine. they're not meant for accuracy or high rates of fire, but will go bang if you need them to.
  15. MPanova

    MPanova Well-Known Member

    I sure wish a lot of people on this board would remember that not all guns are going to be used to carry or self defence sheesh, Sometimes people want a gun just to take to the range or just to say they have it or for any number of other reasons besides SD. I do not know anything about the Cobra but I am interested to hear more about this Patriot model 45acp.
  16. gandog56

    gandog56 Well-Known Member

    And I've owned one, and it was an absolute POS jam-o-matic. I was guaranteed 2-3 jams per 10 round mag. Dumped it on my little brother. He uses it for a single shot shark dispenser in the Gulf of Mexico when he goes fishing. It works OK as long as you don't need to rely on a fast second shot.
  17. bpisler

    bpisler Well-Known Member

    I bought a Cobra arms patriot 45 and i
    am surprised at how well it's made.I
    can't comment on their other products
    but the 45 is a decent pistol.

    The other pistols are rehashed Davis
    arms and lorcins and may or may not
    be worth the money but 45 is the best
    product they make

    The biggest problem with the patriot 45
    is the Pro mag that comes standard,my
    doesn't fit very well and isn't drop
    free.My 45 will take standard 1911 mags
    and i use kimber officer mags in mine.
  18. Alan Fud

    Alan Fud Well-Known Member

    How do they compare to Kel-Tec?
  19. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Well-Known Member

    Friend has a .38 derringer. I have never seen a gun with trigger pull like it.
    It is so hard you actually start to shake. It took a couple of tries to actually fire it. We thought it was broke at first.

    Just guestimating the pull in the 30 to 40 lbs range. It broke like 5 popsicle sticks glued together.
  20. bpisler

    bpisler Well-Known Member

    I also own a Kel tec P-11 and think the
    Patriot 45 is well above the P-11.The
    trigger is better breaking at about 11
    lbs with a little stacking plus it does
    not seem to go on forever.

    Sights are about the same maybe a little
    larger on the 45 but the P-11 has the 3
    dot setup and the 45 doesn't but they're
    still easy to pick up.

    The fit/finish is better on the Patriot
    45 compared to the P-11,far less tool
    marks on the inner slide and barrel plus
    the slide fit to the frame is very tight
    on the 45 compared to the P-11

    When it comes down to shooting the 2 i
    seem to prefer the Patriot 45 over the
    P-11 as recoil seems to be more of a
    push and not as snappy as the P-11.

    Neither one is match grade but seem to
    be accurate enough for me,both will put
    up 3-5" groups at 15 yards which is bad
    for a small pistol in this price range.

    If you looking for a small 45 auto that
    won't kill your wallet take a look at
    the Patriot 45,it's the better pistol
    made by Cobra arms.

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