Sold For: $1,380
Model: Combat Commander Model, Pre-Series ’80
Serial Number: 70SC80188
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COMBAT / COMMANDER”, “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBER .45” and with a Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT’S COMBAT COMMANDER MODEL”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and “70SC80188”. The barrel at the port is marked “COLT .45 AUTO”. The left-rear of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle, the left-front with “B”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “2″.
Barrel Length: 4 ¼”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a square notched flat topped rear sight dovetailed into the slide and serrated blade front sight with a ramped rear face fixed to the front of the slide. The right of the rear sight has a couple of nicks.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth walnut panels. The grips have a few scattered minor marks and a more notable scratch on the bottom of the right panel. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-plus condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Satin Nickel
Finish Originality: Original to the parts, the mainspring housing has been replaced.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 90% of its metal finish. Most of the balance is in scattered minor discoloration, most notable in the frontstrap and darkest in the right-side slide serrations. There are some scattered minor marks including a light “idiot mark” under the slide stop. The action shows minor operational wear. The screw heads are undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol has a tight slide and a crisp trigger. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 7-round Pachmayr magazine. The magazine has very minor operational wear with intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: Introduced by Colt as a lighter-weight version of the 1911, the smaller size of the Commander was popular and soon they were offered in a number of variations including different frame materials and calibers. While the original development centered on an aluminum-frame 9mm as a candidate for US Military post-war officer’s pistols, the steel frame .45 Combat Commanders such as this one are what most people think of when they think of “The Commander”. It has about 90% of its beautiful satin nickel finish complemented by smooth walnut replacement grips and comes with a single magazine. This would make a fantastic defensive pistol, but it would also make a Colt collector very happy and make a great “BBQ-gun” for any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This Pistol CANNOT be sold as a dealer sale in California but CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley location. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.