Sold For: $1,451.00
Model: Combat Elite Government Model
Serial Number: CG10002E
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “GOVERNMENT / -MODEL-”, “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBER .45” and behind the serrations with a rampant colt. 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 “C”. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO N.M.-“. The left of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in a triangle and “A”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a white dot dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a Novak’s square notch with two white dots dovetailed and screw-set to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece half-checkered wood with a Colt logo across the middle of each panel. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks.
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. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has minor play to the frame. The trigger is crisp. 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: This pistol comes in a blue plastic Colt case with a serial-matching label, manual and a single 8-round magazine.
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 example is an interesting variant. It is a Combat Elite model chambered for .45 ACP. The pistol was produced in 2008 and has a nice set of features. In addition to the under-cut trigger guard, forward slide serrations, beavertail grip safety and skeletonized hammer and trigger of the Enhanced models, it has a full-length guide rod, Novak rear sight, and an appealing two-tone finish. The pistol is in Excellent condition, appearing to have spent more time in its included factory box than out. The appeal of a quality Colt 1911 has been a constant for more than a century, and this is an nice piece to add to any collection. 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!