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Need Some Old Colt Help

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Hydra Shok, Dec 25, 2004.

  1. Hydra Shok

    Hydra Shok Member

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    Well to make a long story short, one of my uncles had a house fire and his Colt Cobra snubbie was involved. He had the insurance company cover it and gave the little revolver to me today. I need some help on disassembly, I have never even taken the cover off of a revolver and boy, there sure are a lot of little pieces in there! I searched for info but couldn't find anything useful. Do any of you Colt or revolver people know of a site that you could direct me to?


    Just for the info: Colt Cobra snub, unshrouded ejector,
    serial number: LW208XXX
    I think it was made in the mid 50's

    I would like to try to make it shoot again, it's not too far gone to try to restore it. The finish is ok in a few places but definately needs to be redone. The cylinder won't rotate after the trigger is pulled, and the trigger won't reset either.

    If anyone can help I would appreciate it, if more info is needed please ask.


    :confused:
  2. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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  3. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    Hydra, I'd also take it to a gunsmith. The Colt Cobra 1st Gen is what you have and a very good carry gun. Check the frame carefully as it is made of alloy. If you can't find anyone reasonable or willing in your area, contact Al at acesystems@mindspring.com

    He is very good on the Colt revolver and also has the means to check for cracks and frame damage. Good luck.
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    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Good advice. Any aluminum alloy gun that's been thru a fire should be checked out thouroughly by a competent gunsmith.
  5. Hydra Shok

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    Thanks for the info guys. My uncle took it to somebody to have it appraised ( value before before the fire ) for insurance purposes and the guy ( gunsmith :confused: ) said he could fix it, but I will take it to my buddy who is a gunsmith and let him check it out. Is it really an alluminum alloy? Not saying it isn't, but it doesn't look like it to me. The cylinder looks a little more rusty than the frame does, maybe that is why. Heck the frame just looks like it has been under the seat of an old pickup for a while cause there is a lot of bluing still on it. But to be safe I'll have it checked out.
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    Yup....the Cobra has an aluminum alloy frame. The cylinder and barrel are steel. Try using a magnet on the frame.

    The Cobra really just an alloy framed Detective Special.
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    The LW in the serial is for Light Weight. All Colts with alloy frames use LW in the serial.

    I would likely avoid using a gun that's been through a fire. The tempering could be suspect in the metal and an alloy gun would be a real problem since it wasn't as strong to start with. I would clean it up and keep it as a momento. A decent Colt Cobra or Detective Special (steel frame) can be had for $300 or so if you want one to shoot and I simply wouldn't spend money to rebuild a gun that may be beyond hope.
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