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    New Colt Cobra - Dirty from Test Firing?

    I have purchased three Cobras, one I've kept and two I've sold. Each was purchased as NIB from online retailers. The photos below show the gun I kept in the condition it arrived. Have others experienced this? Thanks.



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    I have purchased three of the “new Cobras”. Two stainless and one night cobra. All three came test fired on all chambers and dirty from the factory. Not cleaned in the least, and simply shipped as they were from factory firing.
    If you received one clean as new, then they did not factory fire the gun, or it was cleaned by a previous owner. Colt does not clean the test fired new Cobras.
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    Of my two new model Cobras I purchased one slightly used so I can't say whether it had burn rings but it's very common for that to be found on them. The ultimate finish Cobra I bought new and it had burn rings which cleaned off fairly easily.

    Colt didn't clean them off after test firing...or at least not much effort was put into it. Time to clean costs money and slows production...and Colt doesn't have the funds to add to labor costs or slow getting product out to the market.
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    Guns, like the Colt single action army and new frontier revolvers are factory tested BEFORE the final finish,, ( USFA did that and I suspect Standard Manufacturing may as well) so if you buy one with cylinder burn rings, it’s been fired outside the factory. This is NOT the case with the new Cobras. The are factory tested after final finish and NOT cleaned , so therefore a brand new from the factory gun will appear to have been shot before being sold, or by a previous owner even if they had not.
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    Yessir. This was addressed in a previous thread. I've seen the same thing with a new 2107 Cobra and new 2019 3" King Cobra that I purchased NIB. Apparently, Colt doesn't care to incur the cost of cleaning them before stuffing them in a bag after the test fire. However, their not the only only ones. Smith, Ruger, Kimber, and several others are doing the same thing with stainless pistols and who knows whatever else their selling. Go to your LGS and look for yourself. That's what I did to confirm. And yes, it's a shame that a new Owner has to clean a brand new wheel gun.
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    None of those guns, save the SAA's/Frontiers, mentioned are show ponies - they are shooting guns, meant to be shot and carried. I'd be more upset if they never tested each one to ensure it does what it's supposed to. 5 or 6 rounds isn't going to wear it out.... and when I pick one up, early on the list is to get it good and dirty myself anyway. I'd understand if it was a polished nickel or royal blue collectors piece..even then, it's a gun built to be shot...but I suppose one's of that finish they could go the extra mile and clean again - they'd charge for it anyway.
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    IMG_2471.jpg

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    You can see that there is a small ring around the edge of the cylinder, and on top of the barrel cone; but mine came pretty clean.

    Al
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    All the cobras i have since 2017 test fired some two cylinders some 3 some all and never cleaned. In fact i sold one to a forum member who thought i sold him a used gun ... not the case.

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    I bought 2 new Colt Cobras and 2 King Cobras and all had the same burn residue from test firing from the factory as pictured in Hopalongs Cobra. Every new Cobra and King Cobra I've seen in gun shops exhibited the same burn marks on their cylinders as apparently Colt doesn't clean them after test firing.


 
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