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Hello , I am trying to learn more about an old colt pistol .
Here is what I know
1. 2" .38 special
2. Alum frame
3. Original stocks with silver medallions
4. Blued finish


I purchased this about 12 years







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What do you want to know that you already do not know? You have described a standard Cobra.

If I can read the too-dark picture of the serial number correctly (97628-LW?), this Cobra was built in 1960 and appears to be in excellent condition, perhaps with its original box if the serial number on the box matches the gun.
 

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Box is original , numbers have faded

Just looking to learn whatever I can about it , it's not that common to see them in original condition and box
General history ?
Trying to decide wether I should even fire it , it appears unfired ( I purchased it as never being fired but I did not really care if it had or hadn't )


I have seen several refinished , even a chromed one ( gasp!)




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Some Cobras were made with a nickel finish. The Cobra was available in various calibers in 2",3", 4",and 5" barrel lengths. Cobras were chambered in .22LR, .32 Colt NP, .38 Special, and .38 Colt NP (rare). They are a great lightweight Colt 6 shot revolver. Your 2" .38 Special version is not rare. It is hard to find unfired ones with the original box. If you want to shoot it go ahead. It is your Colt so your choice. Either way enjoy your Colt.
 

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I can add a little history on the Cobra, and will include my rebuttal of the "issue" term used by the "Blue Book." The number of "issues" the "Blue Book" lists do not correspond to the significant changes in the Cobra. Colt75 has outlined the chambering and barrel length variations, which I will not address.

The Cobra has a much shorter history than the Detective Special because it did not exist until Post-War. The Cobra was introduced in 1950 as an alloy-frame version of the Post-War Detective Special, already in its Third Generation by that time. These early Cobras had the “Dual Tone” finish and plastic stocks. I would call these guns "First Generation." The plastic stocks were changed to wood in the mid-1950s, and the “Dual Tone” finish was dropped. I do not consider the stock material or finish change as another generation, but some might. In 1966, the butt frame was shortened, which is Second Generation. In 1973, a year after the Detective Special got the shrouded ejector rod, the shrouded barrel was introduced on the Cobra, which I count as Third Generation. The Cobra last appeared in a Colt catalog in 1978, and was absent from the 1979 catalog.
 

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The more I have examined the my little colt truly appears unfired , my pics are from a cell phone and don't do it justice
For now its just going to sit , after cleaning dust and grime from old oil , this pistols really looks good :)

Thanks to all for educating me about the Cobra


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