The Cobray Pocket Pal,[note 1] officially known as the Cobray Model PP,[1] was an American double-barrel double action only multi-caliber pocket revolver designed and manufactured by Cobray Company around the 1980s.

History[edit | edit source]

Few details about the Pocket Pal's history are known, although it is likely that the pistol was intended as a versatile weapon that could switch calibers for home defense purposes. The pistol was most likely manufactured during the 1980s, although an exact timeframe as to when the pistols were produced is currently not clear. Two versions of the pistol were produced, and later versions appear to have been marketed by Leinad Arms, Cobray's "successor" company.[2] Other details relating to the history of the pistol remain unclear.

Design Details[edit | edit source]

The Pocket Pal is a double barreled revolver with an internal cylinder. The weapon is double action only and uses an action stated to be similar in principle to that of the Mossberg Brownie.[3] The pistol features a steel frame; like most Cobray weapons, the finish on the Pocket Pal is noted as being relatively poor, with construction and appearance regarded as being crude.[4]

The weapon's barrel features markings reading "P.P.I. DUCKTOWN, TN." and "POCKET PAL 22/380", which is where the weapon got its colloquial name; what "PPI" means or is an abbreviation for is unclear.[5] The weapon comes packaged in a cardboard box featuring the "Model PP" designation along with the same "Ducktown, TN" information; inside is the weapon and the two cylinders.[2]

The weapon is double-action only and features a large crescent-shaped trigger; trigger pull on the Pocket Pal is noted as being extremely long and heavy. The weapon also features no safety mechanism of any kind, with it only giving an audible "click" when the trigger is pulled all the way to indicate that the gun is ready to fire.[6]

The weapon's cylinders feature an indentation which keys into a small notch in the barrel assembly; this allows the barrels to only go in one way. The cylinders also feature a distinct zig-zag pattern for the cylinder groove, similar to certain early revolvers; the groove however does not go all the way around the cylinder.[7]

To load the weapon, a latch on the top of the gun is released and a cylinder dropped in the correct way. When the weapon fires, the hammer drops and pierces the primer of the cartrige, firing the gun, while rotating the cylinder at the same time. When the weapon is completely empty, the cylinder is unable to advance further as the cylinder groove stops abruptly; this also causes the trigger to be stuck in position.[3] When the weapon is broken open, the trigger can be pulled to aid in removing the cylinder from the gun.[5]

Variants[edit | edit source]

A second version was made featuring a cutout on the side of the barrel assembly.[2]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Name etched on side of barrel

References[edit | edit source]

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