Firing And Sight Adjustment

Before firing your Colt revolver, practice your stance, aim, rhythm and breathing for steady aim with your revolver UNLOADED. You can also dry-fire your revolver to get the feel of the trigger action so that you can develop some shooting skills without ammunition. You should then practice firing on a range before using your revolver for any other type of shooting. The Colt Accro rear sight is fitted to the Anaconda and King Cobra revolvers. (See Figure 4).

To adjust the Accro sight, turn the windage screw clockwise and sight moves to left; counterclockwise and it moves to right. Turn elevation screw clockwise to lower sight; counterclockwise to raise it. Point of bullet impact will move in the same direction. It is recommended that adjustments for other than windage and elevation be made only by experienced persons.



1. ALWAYS WEAR AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO WEAR EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING, especially on a range. Without ear protection, the noise of even one round from your revolver, and other guns close to you, could leave a "ringing" In the ears for some time after firing. The cumulative long term effect could be permanent hearing loss.

2. ALWAYS WEAR AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO WEAR PROTECTIVE SHOOTING GLASSES. Flying particles could damage eyes and cause blindness; but protective shooting glasses should prevent such injury.


2. Load revolver as previously described. It can now be fired in either single action (see paragraph 3S) or double action (see paragraph 3D which also applies to revolvers with bobbed hammers).

3. (S) 1. To fire single action, grasp revolver by its grip, keep fingers away from trigger and draw hammer fully back (about an inch) to the cocked position where it will be held to the rear (See Figure 5). Remove thumb from hammer spur.

2. Take aim by aligning target with front and rear sights (See Figure 6).

3. Keeping steady aim, place index finger on trigger and squeeze gently until hammer falls. Don't jerk the trigger as you will disturb your aim and spoil your accuracy.

4. To fire second and subsequent rounds, remove finger from trigger, cock hammer, squeeze trigger until you have completed firing.

5. When you have completed firing, remove finger from trigger.

3. (D) To fire double action. Grasp revolver by its grip and keep fingers away from hammer. Aim by aligning target with front and rear sight and squeeze trigger until hammer is cocked and released to fire the revolver. To fire second and subsequent rounds, release trigger fully forward and squeeze it again. Repeat until you have completed firing, then remove finger from trigger.

IMPORTANT: Be sure that the trigger has returned fully forward before squeezing it again. This is necessary with any revolver to make sure the

IMPORTANT: Be sure that the trigger has returned fully forward before squeezing it again. This is necessary with any revolver to make sure the

CAUTION: FAILURE TO FIRE: ALWAYS HOLD REVOLVER, KEEPING IT POINTED TOWARDS THE TARGET OR A SAFE OPEN AREA AND WAIT 30 SECONDS WHEN REVOLVER FAILS TO FIRE. If a hangfire (slow ignition) has occurred, round will fire within 30 seconds. If round does not fire, eject round and examine primer in base of misfired round. If firing pin indent on primer is light, misaligned or non-existent, have revolver examined by a competent gunsmith. If firing pin indent on primer appears normal (in comparison with similar previously fired rounds) assume faulty ammunition; segregate misfired round from other live ammunition and empty cases, reload and carry on firing.

NOTE: Dispose of misfired rounds in accordance with the ammunition manufacturer's instructions.

4. KEEP REVOLVER POINTING IN SAFE DIRECTION. Unload revolverás previously described.

CAUTION: NEVER LEAVE REVOLVER COCKED READY TO FIRE as the fire condition is extremely dangerous, and revolver could easily be accidentally discharged causing injury, death, or damage to property.

CAUTION: NEVER TRY TO COCK THE BOBBED HAMMER BY HAND because it could slip out of your grasp and cause the revolver to discharge if the trigger is pulled.

IMPORTANT: If your hammer has a spur and you cock the hammer, but do not fire the revolver, return the hammer to a safe position as follows: Place thumb firmly on hammer spur; some people wedge their other thumb in front of hammer for more control. Squeeze trigger only long enough to allow hammer to move forward just clear of cocked position. Release trigger completely before gently lowering hammer all the way forward. At this time a live round will be in the firing chamber. If you fire again it will be missed until the cylinder makes a complete revolution. The live round in the firing chamber puts the revolver into Carrying Mode 3; see page 21.

To Make sure the live round is not missed and to put the loaded revolver into Carry Mode 2, open the cylinder and rotate it one chamber counterclockwise. Close the cylinder. Now, assuming you loaded only 5 chambers, either the empty chamber or the spent case of a previously fired round will be in the firing chamber position. The live round will again be lined up ready to move into the firing position when the hammer is cocked.

If you lose the opportunity to fire, unload your revolver as previously described.


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  • amelia
    How to remove the rear sight on colt cobra?
    1 year ago
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    Why are the front sights so tall on old double action colt revolvers?
    12 months ago
  • Steven
    How to adjust rear sight on colt king cobra?
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