I prefer my guns built to a standard as well, yet I do not have enough experience with a new Colt to say if it is. I chose a Kimber over an SP 101 for that reason. Costs more but what a gun. I have not been disappointed.
You live in my ideal world! I too would like to own all three, but I would now want the 3” barrel Cobra. They are all nice guns and, as you note, very different.I have both, and also the Kimber. If someone put a gun to my head and said you can only keep one, it would be the sp101. I can't really tell you why. The Kimber has a better trigger and has 6 holes. And the Colt has a better trigger and has 6 holes.
But the sp101 just feels better balanced and feels the best in my hands and I also believe it is the better built of the 3.
"may wait for newer edition bright stainless Cobra,"
They do look nice but:
the list price is about almost twice what the standard Cobra is.
I agree with your sentiment, a 6 round 357 sp101 I would buy immediately.Phish, based on my experience, I totally agree. Really do love the new Cobra for what it is. But an SP, it ain't. If they ever shove 6 rounds in an SP...I'd go broke. lol.