£275 plus p&p
World Wide Arms.
Scarce Rhodesian 9mm COBRA Carbine. Developed in Rhodesia in the late 1960s after the International Arms Embargo of 1965 following Ian Smith’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence. Production began in the early 70s. A semi-auto carbine with top folding buttstock, rubber pistol grip and forend grip, designed to be a personal defence weapon. Original matt green finish. Near Mint Condition. DEACTIVATED to Current Specification with some moving parts. OA 67 cm, Brl 26cm A Collector’s Item.
This is an awesome little gun. It has a few splobs, the magazine is hard to eject and the stock has a clip missing to keep the top part sterady, but those are very minor. Its otherwise a pretty exciting item. I was dreading that it would be as mundane as the Madsen, but its full of detail. You can really see how the Rhodesian engineers 'built' a but. For example, the trigger really is a bit of bent mild steel thats been files round, The main part is relativly thick gauge sheet metal formed with lots of welding, very heavy, not alot of refinement. Its almost a prototype in feel. I was a bit concerned that the 'rubber' parts would suck, but they are awesome. The stock folds out onto a spot welded stop plate thats obviously not ideal for purpose as you can see how its trying to pull away. And the whole gun is finished with a wet spray giving it an unusual look. Unlike most guns this doesnt have quick release features for dissassembly, its all bolted together with alan key screws and the reciever looks liek it comes of if you remove the circlip on a pin. A bit like a quick release feature, but not really as you would be hard pressed to do it in the field, not like the G3 pins and others. The cocking nob works really well and has been deactivated sympathetically, unlike the Madsen.
This is an amazing for a number of reasons. One being that it was sold to regular people, ie, not the military. Generally, the only customer for any SMG is the army and that has a massive effect on its design and appearance etc and its whole culture, but this was designed for general use, so a landowner could buy one for self defence. Maybe a tell tale sign of this is the Cobra logo on the handle, not something you would have on a military item. But my main point here is that they sold weapons to people that wanted to defend themselves. That would be a novelty in the UK, defending yourself. I can just imagine paranoid farmers driving round in their land rovers with a Cobra to the side, just in case. Its easy to imagine a farmer with a shotgun, but a 9mm SMG? lol. .