SOLD FOR: $1525
Model: Combat Commander Model, Pre-Series ’80
Serial Number: 80BS3810
Year of Manufacture: 1980 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COMBAT / COMMANDER”, “COLT”, “9MM LUGER / CALIBER” 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 “80BS3810”. The barrel at the port is marked “CAL. 9MM. LUGER”. The left-rear of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle, the left-front with “a”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “T”.
Barrel Length: 4 1/4”
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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood with silver-colored Colt medallions. The grips have light handling wear. There are a few light nicks ,scuffs and scratches with infrequent discoloration. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good 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 87% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. Most of the balance is handling wear in the grip areas. There are some scattered spots of minor surface oxidation, mostly in the frontstrap. There are a few scattered minor nicks and scratches with a light “idiot mark” under the slide stop on the left of the frame. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide has minor play to the frame. 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 black plastic case with a single 9-round Colt magazine and three 9-round Metalform magazines. The Colt magazine has light operational wear, the Metalform magazines show little in the way of wear. All of the magazines have intact feed lips and strong springs.
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 model was chambered for a few different cartridges and the “Combat Commander” was also introduced with all steel construction. This example is a Combat Commander chambered for 9mm, giving it a 9+1 round capacity and making recoil very manageable. The pistol is in Very Good condition retaining about 87% of its blued finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. This would make a fantastic defensive pistol, but the pre-Series 80 pistols are also prized by collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!