First produced in 1986 as a replacement for the respected but aging Trooper MK V, the Colt King Cobra was a very successful service revolver and is still popular on on the secondary gun market.

Originally produced from 1986-1992 and then again from 1994-1998 the gun was marketed to law enforcement agencies and civilian shooters alike. Adoption by various police outfits was spotty at best as the decade that spanned the production run of the King Cobra ran parallel to the mass conversion of law enforcement agencies from revolvers to semi-automatic pistols.

The gun itself is built on Colt's medium "V" frame which tended to build out well for the company's service revolvers. If a single word could be used to describe the King Cobra, it would be "reinforced". The revolver features a full length under barrel lug that shrouds the ejection rod as well as a thick rib set on atop the full length of the barrel. The gun itself was fashioned from high-grade carbon steel.

Throughout it's production run the King Cobra revolver was given a royal blued finish as well as a polished stainless and satin stainless finishes. Barrel lengths varied from 2.5 inches all the way up to 8 inches. Two grip styles were offered: a walnut wood target style grip and a black rubber combat style grip. Sights consist of a fixed front blade featuring a red insert and an adjustable rear sight.

All of these guns, regardless of barrel length and finish, were chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge which, of course, could also fire the .38 Special as well. All featured a Double-Action/Single-Action trigger setup and have a 6-shot cylinder.

Reviews of the Colt King Cobra service revolver are found below. All barrel lengths and finishes are included here. Please write a review of your own if you've had a chance to carry one of these guns and can shed some light on it's overall value.