I went to visit my FFL buddy and he has a nickel plated Colt Cobra and some pimptastic gold plated 1911 parts out on his bench. Turns out a customer had him send the gun and parts off to be refinished, never came back for them and come to find out heís passed away. The Cobra is the old style with unshrouded ejector rod; it has some pitting on one side of the barrel (under the nickel plate) and the nickel plating isnít the greatest. Also the finish guy somehow missed the cylinder crane and cylinder latch so theyíre still blue. Other than that itís mechanically fine. My buddy offered it to me for a stupid low price and Iíve got it on loan to test it out. Iíve got a 642 so I donít NEED it, but it would be a cool second snubby and an interesting companion for my Python.
So a few questions- anyone else own/carry a Cobra or Detective Special?
Recommend any good grips? For some reason Iím thinking grips are harder to find for the old style Colts.
What would you do about the finish? Iím not crazy about nickel and since itís not original Iím guessing any collector value is shot anyway. I could live with it but mainly hate to have the two mismatched parts.