SOLD FOR: $1991
Model: Combat Stallion
Serial Number: CCS244
Year of Manufacture: 1988 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Auto, Detachable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT COMBAT STALLION” and with a rampant colt logo, the right is marked “COLT”, “COMBAT .45 / STALLION” and with a rampant colt. The right side of the frame is marked with “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and the serial number. The left trigger guard bow has “7” and the “VP” verified proof. The right trigger guard bow has an “8”. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO“. The firing pin plate is marked “1” and the hammer is marked “S”.
Barrel Length: 3 1/2″
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 with two recessed white dots and is dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece checkered black rubber Pachmayr Signature model wraparound with silver colored Colt medallions. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grip is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless & Alloy Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered minor marks with one slightly more notable scratch on the left slide flat below the markings. The action shows minor operational wear. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide to frame fit shows minor play. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box & Accessories: This pistol comes in a black plastic case, cardboard shipping carton with serial-matching label and with a single 6-round magazine.
Our Assessment: In the 1970s, the Rock Island Arsenal began production of a shortened 1911 for use as a General Officer’s pistol. These pistols were built only for issue to Generals and were not available to the general public. The idea of a compact 1911 was already around; the Commander had been in production for some time up to that point and gunsmiths had made more compact 1911-style pistols as one-off custom guns. Detonics was one of if not the earliest companies to introduce a production 1911-style pistol smaller even than the Commander, their Combat Master. Colt took some time to react to the popularity of these guns and then introduced the Officer’s ACP in the mid-’80s.
This is an interesting example, a Colt Combat Stallion produced in 1988. Information about these pistols is about as hard to find as a clean example like this, but it appears that there were 500 made as a limited edition. This example is in Fine-Excellent condition with 98% of its finish, a bright bore and strong mechanics. With its shorter barrel and frame, this pistol brings more concealability to the classic 1911 design, the alloy frame cuts down on weight, and with its 6-round magazine, it doesn’t even compromise too much on capacity vs. a full size. As great of a carry gun as this is, it’s also a limited production Colt and collectors may be interested in adding this one to their stable. Please see our photos and good luck!