After a long, and for some absolutely excruciatingly painful wait, Colt is now offering a full-size King Cobra revolverchambered for .357 Magnum. The newest Cobra has a 4.25-inch barrel and they’re calling it the Target model.

It’s a handsome revolver with its forged stainless-steel construction, matte finish, full-length underlug, custom Altamont hardwood grips, and target sights. The front sight has a fiber optic insert and the rear sight is fully adjustable. One classic touch is that the grips sport a silver Colt medallion on each side.


“After releasing the King Cobra earlier this year we received a flood of requests for a 4-inch model with adjustable sights,” said Colt director Justin Baldini. “Our customers are excited to bring their Colts to the range and the King Cobra Target is engineered for accurate and enjoyable shooting. The longer barrel and custom wood grips also just look fantastic. We’ve precisely tweaked this revolver to get it exactly where we want it and know our customers will feel the difference.”

While Colt says this revolver is intended for competition shooters, its appeal is much broader. This is the new King Cobra nearly everyone has been waiting for, from casual shooters to handgun hunters and more.


Whether it’s for having fun at the range or more serious action shooting full-size .357 Magnums is always a pleasure. And of course, it can be loaded with low-pressure .38 Special rounds for practice and training.


A full-size six-shot .357 Magnum isn’t going to make everyone happy, but it is going to make a whole lot of them grin from ear to ear. (Photo: Colt)


No doubt some buyers are still waiting for an even longer barrel option, or perhaps a blued version with a glossy finish, or even this pattern just with fixed sights. One can expect to see those in the not too distant future. But for now, this offering is a real crowd-pleaser.

Like the other updated King Cobra revolvers introduced this year the Target has a linear mainspring for a smooth and consistent trigger. It’s a six-shot revolver compatible with a wide range of speed loaders and it’s priced in line with earlier models.

The suggested retail price for the King Cobra Target is $999, a hundred dollars more than the base model, and while oftentimes online and in-store prices are lower, discounts on high-demand guns tend to be less. And this is the sort of gun to see a lot of demand.