Cobray Company

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Cobray Company
Private
Industry firearms
Fate Dissolved
Successor Leinad
Founder Wayne and Sylvia Daniels
Headquarters Westhope, North Dakota, U.S.
Area served
Predominately U.S.
Products Pistols, Shotguns, Rifles, Automatic Firearms
Website http://www.cobray.com

The Cobray Company was an American developer and manufacturer of sub-machine guns and automatic carbines, handguns and shotguns as well as non-lethal 37 mm launchers. These were manufactured by SWD. In the 1970s and 1980s, Cobray was a counter terrorist training center in addition to being an arms maker under the leadership of Mitch WerBell.[1]

Cobray models[edit]

The legacy of Cobray is a poor one, with most firearms collectors and enthusiasts agreeing that the company's products were poorly designed and marketed, as well as being impractical. Today, Cobray's name is synonymous with two of its products in particular, the Street Sweeper and the Lady's Home Companion, the former of which was so offensively named and marketed that it led to a lobby of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to classify it as a destructive device. Similarly, the Lady's Home Companion is regarded as a wildly impractical pistol, due to its cambering in 45-70 gov. and it's weight of over eight pounds, which makes it an unwieldy and cumbersome weapon.

Legal issues[edit]

A 357 Magnum derringer.

After some legal troubles, the company changed its name to Leinad (Daniel spelled backwards) and produced at least four new models which were designed to conform with the ban on assault weapons that was then in effect.

Leinad models[edit]

Closure of company[edit]

The owners of Leinad chose to shut down the company because of the changes in the gun laws and the divorce of company founders Wayne and Sylvia Daniels. The Cobray Trademark is registered to a privately owned company in the US. They continue to manufacture parts and accessories for the firearms as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunkin, Tom (1980-01-01). "Cobray: Turning the Tables on Terrorists". Soldier of Fortune. 5 (1): 46–50. 
  2. ^ Angelfire article on Pocket Pal
  3. ^ Long, Duncan (2004). Streetsweepers: The Complete Book of Combat Shotguns. Paladin Press. p. 66. ISBN 1-58160-436-X. 
  4. ^ Erik Larson (1995). Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun. p. 81. ISBN 0679759271. 
  5. ^ C. R. Jahn (2012). FTW Self Defense. p. 204. ISBN 1469732556. 

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