SOLD FOR: $5125
Model: Combat Elite Government Model
Serial Number: 1040E001
Year of Manufacture: 1992
Caliber: 10mm & .40 S&W
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “ELITE TEN/FORTY” and with a rampant colt logo, the right is marked “COMBAT / *ELITE*”. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”, with the serial number. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “1”. The top of the barrel is marked “CAL. 10MM AUTO“. The left of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in a triangle and “N”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a recessed white dot and is fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch base with two recessed dots and is dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth wood panels with gold-colored Colt medallions. There are a few light marks through the finish on the left panel along the front edge up at the top. Otherwise, there are just light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel Frame with Blued Slide
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. There are a few light handling marks, no major defects. There are standard operational marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol has a tight slide and a crisp trigger. This pistol was made with a firing pin block safety. 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 serial matching case sleeve, blue hard case, serial matching cardboard shipping sleeve, .40 S&W Colt barrel with sharp rifling and no erosion, recoil spring guide, recoil spring, slide stop, 10mm 8-round magazine, .40 S&W 8-round magazine, and paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: Colt’s 1911 served the United States military through two World Wars and several other conflicts, is still in use by some units today, and has become popular with law enforcement, competitors, and recreational shooters across the nation. The design has seen some updates including a firing-pin block safety, higher profile sights, and more ergonomic grips, but the basic design and fantastic trigger remain the same after more than a century. This one is currently setup to shoot 10mm, the 1911 already had a following, of course, while the cartridge was popular as a result of Jeff Cooper’s involvement in its development and use in the Bren-10. It has remained popular with fans of the 1911 and recoil junkies ever since. This example Colt is a Combat Elite model chambered for the powerful 10mm Auto cartridge but is also included with a .40 S&W barrel. If you’re looking for your first 1911 or your last, this would be a good pony to add to the stable. Please see our photos and good luck!