SOLD FOR: $2650
Model: Combat Commander Model, Pre-Series ’80, 04612
Serial Number: 70BS74903
Year of Manufacture: 1978 (https://www.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”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and “70BS74903”. The barrel at the port is marked “COLT .45 AUTO”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “J” and the rear with “VP” in a triangle. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “X”. The magazine floorplate is marked “COLT / 45 AUTO”.
Barrel Length: 4 ¼”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is square notch and flat top rear sight, dovetailed into the slide and serrated blade front sight with a ramped rear face fixed to the front of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with gold-colored Colt medallions. There is no notable damage or wear to the grips, the finish is better than 95% and the gold medallion has just begun to thin. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. About the only wear we can find is on the left side of the frame at the toe (minor thinning). Otherwise, as evidenced by the lack of wear on the trigger and thumb safety, this pistol is about as sharp as you could hope for. Please see pictures. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: This pistol has a tight slide and a crisp trigger. The action functions correctly. 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: Included is a faux-wood cardboard box with matching model end-label (CHANGED SERIAL NUIMBER) and two-piece Styrofoam insert with an assortment of factory paperwork. The box has heavy to the surfaces and many broken edges. Overall, the box is in about Fair condition. This pistol comes with a 7-round factory magazine. The magazine has very light operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring. Overall, the magazine is in about 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 Commanders such as this one are what most people think of when they think of “The Commander”.
This Commander has about 98% of its beautiful polished and blue finish complemented by checkered grips in Excellent condition and comes with a period correct box and paperwork.
While this would make a fantastic defensive pistol, it is almost certain to make a Colt collector very happy and take a prized position in their collection.
Please see our photos and good luck!