Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

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Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

Postby adam01364 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:38 pm

When purchasing a used Cobra pistol , it is entirely possible to THINK you are buying a Cobra when in actuality you're buying a Lorcin or Davis with a Cobra slide because of the slide interchangeably. This just happened to me in a "As-is, No returns" purchase. :evil: Fortunately the lesson only cost me $30. :D

The only way to be sure it's a Cobra is to look at the serial number.
Cobra CA32 and CA380 serial numbers begin with "CA".
Cobra FS32 and FS380 serial numbers begin with "FS".

Lorcin serial numbers may have some logic to them; but from what I've seen sometimes they have a single letter (I've seen and "L" and a "B") and sometimes they don't. :roll:
Davis serial numbers begin with a "P" or a "PA".

When purchasing a Cobra Automatic sight unseen, ask the seller for the first three characters of the serial number. (No doubt this applies to Cobra's derringers too but I have no experience with them.)
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Re: Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

Postby Papa G » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:09 pm

Are you going to test fire your mutant Cobra/? if so give us a range report.
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Re: Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

Postby 84minieldo » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:19 pm

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Re: Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

Postby Flowmaster » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:57 pm

Is that lorcin with the cobra slide screwed up?
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Re: Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

Postby adam01364 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:38 am

I just read my post and realized I didn't say what my acquisition actually turned out to be. I've got myself a Davis P-380 with a Cobra slide. My guess is the original Davis slide failed -which as we know isn't unusual- and the owner replaced it with a slide purchased from Cobra. I'm betting there's more than one Frankenlorcin / Frankencobra out there.
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Re: Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

Postby Flowmaster » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:10 am

Really, it shows that people other than us (who participate on this forum) have figured out how to mix and match parts on these guns.
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Re: Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

Postby adam01364 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:48 am

Papa G wrote:Are you going to test fire your mutant Cobra/? if so give us a range report.
The irony in all this is that I have a stripped, brand spankin' new, Cobra CA380 barreled frame, so I'm swapping the CA-380 slide over to it and I'll be getting a P-380 slide and parts for the Davis. What I will do is take some side by side pics to compare differences, which admittedly are just a few but nevertheless distinct.
Flowmaster wrote:Really, it shows that people other than us (who participate on this forum) have figured out how to mix and match parts on these guns.
They probably read all about how to do it... on this forum! 8-)
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Re: Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

Postby David Vincent » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:36 pm

well at least the frame and barrel is brand new. it should hold up for a while. You could call cobra and tell them the slide cracked and they would probably send you a new slide. i have not seen any differences in the slides between davis and cobra though.

i would at least call cobra and get new recoil and firing pin springs. Even if your springs are new i would change them out every 500 rounds on the 380 model. The 32s are pretty strong and probably dont need as frequent of spring changes. The 380s are a different beast.

In the end its not the end of the world. These guns are easy to mix and match parts by design. even if fitting is required its minimum due to no slide rails.

personally if it were me I would try and get a denali slide and build a hybrid. kind of like a denali with a zamak frame.
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Re: Lessons learned in purchasing a used Cobra

Postby Kiln » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:39 pm

Wasn't the gun designed for .32acp and re-chambered in .380?
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