Just before January’s annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, Colt Manufacturing announced two new entries for 2017 that have already gotten lots of interest from handgunners on social media.
Colt is back in the revolver business, unveiling a brand new – and many will say “improved” – version of the Cobra six-shot snubby, this time in stainless steel. The all-steel construction allows this new Cobra to handle +P ammunition, and that’s not all. It’s got a fiber optic front sight, a wraparound Hogue rubber grip with the Colt logo, a matte stainless finish, smooth double action with the LL2 Trigger system, 2-inch barrel and shrouded ejector rod.
This little handgun will fit right in with the expanding concealed carry market. The barrel features six-groove rifling with a 1:14-inch left-hand twist.
Weighing 25 ounces empty, the Cobra has a 7-9 pound double-action trigger pull and a 3-4 pound single action pull. The MSRP is $699.
Fans of the Model 1911 platform will warm right up to the other Colt introduction, a 10mm version of its Delta Elite model with an accessory rail, calling it the Delta Elite Rail Gun.
The Delta Elite was originally introduced as a “tactical option” for 1911 fans, according to Colt literature, but the 10mm cartridge has proven itself potent enough for mid-size game. This Rail Gun model is a tough customer, with an upswept beavertail grip safety, extended thumb safety, stainless steel construction throughout and composite grip panels with Delta medallions.
The slide is topped with Novak white dot sights, and it has a skeleton hammer and rear cocking serrations only. The rail allows mounting of tactical lights or lasers.
The Delta Elite Rail Gun carries an MSRP of $1,299.