Bought my first revolver from COLT yesterday , I'm happy as a pig in sh!t , did not thinkni would ever be able to afford one ...
Anyway my Question is , this is a gorgeous gun and has been shot very little , but stainless has a dull kinda haze to it - what is the best way to clean and care for my new pony
Also any general comments about King Cobra
I will try to figure out the picture thing -( to post pics on this site )
Congratulations on a fine Colt acquisition.
Not sure without seeing a picture if your "dull hazy" finish is normal or not. The King Cobras have a 'brushed" stainless finish that might be characterized that way. Take a look at this one that is pristine and if yours is alike I would just leave it be.
For Brushed stainless, I like to use a very small amount of Flizt (sp?) for nasty dirt but don't go wild with it since it can transform your brushed finish to a bright stainless "ultimate" mirror finish. It is great to get the carbon ring build up off the front of the cylinder face (with a toothbrush or brass brush for thick deposits). Other than that I just use Johnson's Paste Wax - the $5 can will last you a life time.
Master gunsmith Jerry Kuhnhausen thought that the Colt King Cobra was probably the strongest medium frame DA revolver ever made. It is a real tank.
There's a few cautions: If you dry fire it, use snap caps. If the firing pin breaks, it's a factory ONLY job to replace it. DON'T allow anyone else to do it, the job requires a special press and contour supports to press out the firing pin without damaging the frame.
Second, due to the surface hardened action parts, the only trigger work that can be done is to install a spring kit.
Any attempt to polish the parts will break through the thin hardened surface and expose soft metal, ruining them.
The parts are made of an earlier form of MIM, so the parts can't be altered or otherwise worked on. If a part is defective, it has to be replaced with a new part.
This is best done by Colt since they have bins of parts they can select to get a drop in fit.
Local gunsmiths don't have bins of parts so they're tempted to alter parts to fit, which is trouble later.
Other than that, the King Cobra was specifically designed for unlimited use with full standard charge Magnum ammo.
You'll almost always find a King Cobra to be very accurate, and it was a step above other brands in quality.