SOLD FOR: $1426
Model: Combat Commander Model
Serial Number: 70SC84171
Year of Manufacture: 1982 (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 “70SC84171”. 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 “6”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “Z?.
Barrel Length: 4 ¼”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a square notched flat-topped rear sight with two tritium lamps dovetailed into the slide. The front sight is a blade with a tritium lamp and is fixed to the slide. The lamps are dead.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are Crimson Trace checkered black plastic with gray flames, smooth double diamonds, and a rubber pressure pad on the front strap. There are some scattered light marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition as not original to the gun assuming the laser functions correctly, the battery is dead.
Type of Finish: Satin Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp where not interrupted by erosion. There is scattered erosion and some patches of pitting.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 92% of its metal finish. There are some scattered spots of dark discoloration and finish loss from previous oxidation, some of the most noticeable are on the frontstrap. There are some scattered little scuffs that have caused smooth spots. There are a few scattered little nicks. There is a takedown mark on the left side of the frame and slide. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good 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 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 .45 Combat Commanders such as this one are what most people think of when they think of “The Commander”. It has about 92% of its nickel finish and has been installed with new grips. This would make a fantastic defensive pistol or range shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!