Colt surprised the gun world back in 2017 when they announced they were getting back into the snake gun business with the new-again Colt Cobra. The next wheel gun to be reintroduced was the .357 King Cobra, a gun that really impressed JWT. Most recently, Colt did what some said would never be done when they revived the beloved Python. Read JWT’s glowing review of that legend here.
Colt has shown that there’s plenty of demand out there for updated versions of some of their classic, sought-after firearms. Guns that have been out of production for decades, if not longer. Which makes you wonder what other models they may have on their drawing board.
Woodsman .22LR Pistol
John Moses Browning intended the Woodsman as a target pistol, but the slim, handy .22 quickly became popular with small game hunters, campers and just about everyone else. Colt made the Woodsman in a range of models with 4½ and 6-inch barrels, in addition to variants such as the Huntsman and Targetsman. The guns were discontinued in 1977.
1903 and 1908 Pocket Hammerless
The 1903 was chambered in the diminutive .32 ACP which isn’t a favorite among concealed carriers. Many prefer the 1908 which was chambered in .380 as a carry pistol with more oomph. Both are sweet-shooting handguns and have always been favorite pocket pistols (other than the fact that they’re not drop safe). Colt built over 700,000 of them through the end of World War II. US Armament began producing a reproduction of the 1903 a few years ago, but they appear to be out of production now and they were not inexpensive.
Viper .38 Special Revolver
Bringing back the Viper shouldn’t be a big stretch for Colt as the gun was basically a short-lived 4-inch version of the 6-shot .38 Cobra snubby with a partial underlug. While the original had an aluminum alloy frame, Colt’s making the current Cobras with a steel frame. Colt only made the Viper from 1977 to 1984 and they go for a very pretty penny these days depending on condition.
Let us know below which Colt classic you’d like to make a comeback next.