SOLD FOR: $1306.01
Model: Commander, 04691
Serial Number: CJ30755
Year of Manufacture: 2003 (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 “-COLT’S- / COMMANDER MODEL / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER” and with a Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the slide is marked “-SERIES 80-”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and “CJ30755”. The barrel at the port is marked “-COLT .45 AUTO-”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with “S”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “4”.
Barrel Length: 4 ¼”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a recessed dot and is fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two recessed dots and is dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood with gold-colored medallions. There are one or two little nicked peaks but the checkering is mostly sharp. There are some little pools of glue around the edges of the medallions. There are some light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 94% of its metal finish. There is a patch of thinning and mottled discoloration on the left side of the slide at the front. There is thinning on the edges. There are a few scattered spots of light surface oxidation. There is a faint takedown mark, hardly noticeable. There is standard operational wear. There is light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol has a firing pin block safety (series ’80). 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 in a blue plastic Colt box with a serial matching label, manual, cable lock, and a single 7-round magazine.
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 Commanders such as this one are what most people think of when they think of “The Commander”. This Commander is a recent production model with the same basic design as a 1911-A1 but with a shorter 4 1/4? barrel and “Commander” ring trigger. It would make for a great carry pistol chambered in the powerful .45 ACP cartridge. The pistol is in Fine condition showing signs of light use. It comes with its original Colt case and a magazine, ready for carry or collection. Please see our photos and good luck!