SOLD FOR: $2300
Model: Combat Commander Model, Pre-Series ’80
Serial Number: 80BS20119
Year of Manufacture: 1982 (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 “80BS20119”. The barrel at the port is marked “COLT 9MM. LUGER”. 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 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut panels with gold-colored Colt medallions. The grips have minor handling wear. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about 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 98% of its metal finish. There is a light idiot mark under the slide stop on the left of the frame. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. 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. 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 9-round Colt magazine. The magazine has light operational wear with intact feed lips and strong spring.
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 Combat Commanders such as this one are what most people think of when they think of “The Commander”. This example is a 9mm Combat Commander which appears to have seen little use, in Excellent condition. This would make a fantastic defensive pistol, but it would also make a Colt collector very happy. Please see our photos and good luck!