SOLD FOR: $3325.01
Model: .38 Super Combat Commander
Serial Number: 70SC14449
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Caliber: .38 Super (9mm)
Action Type: Semi-Auto Pistol
Barrel Length: 4 ¼”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is fixed and serrated ramped blade. The rear sight is a square notch, flat top set into a dovetail.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are original silver medallion panels with about 90% finish retained. There is only a bit of edge wear and discoloration. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Satin Nickel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, the bore rates a 9.5 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 93% of its metal finish. The top left forward radius of the slide has some discoloration, either from a box or a holster. There is an “idiot mark” on the left side by the slide stop and curiously another on the right side of the gun. Otherwise, there is only scattered surface marking and spots of age. The screw heads are clean. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine – Nearly Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The original 8-RND magazine in Fine condition is included as well as two spare Barsto Precision Barrels. One barrel is chambered for 9mm and the other is chambered for .38 Super.
Our Assessment: The Commander model was developed in 1948 in response to the US Army’s request for a smaller, lighter pistol chambered for the 9mm NATO standard cartridge. While it was ultimately decided to retain the existing 1911s, Colt nonetheless continued to produce the Commander for the commercial market.
While the original development centered on an aluminum-frame 9mm as a candidate for US Military post-war officer’s pistols, the steel frame .45 Combat Commanders such as this one are what most people think of when they think of “The Commander”.
This is a Collector worthy gun… A scarce finish, a desirable caliber and now a C&R.
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