Make: Colt’s PT. F.A. MFG. Co.
Model: Combat Commander
Serial Number: FC34925E
Year of Manufacture: 2014 (Colt’s customer service hotline)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi Automatic Pistol with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COMMANDER / MODEL”, “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBER 45” and a Rampant Colt logo. The Trigger guard is marked with a Triangle “VP” proof and “W”. The right side of the slide is marked “COMBAT COMMANDER MODEL”. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and “FC34935E”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “A”. The barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO”. The factory box is serialized to this pistol and reflects the correct barrel and finish type.
Barrel Length: 4-1/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white doted Patridge blade dovetailed to the slide. The rear sight is a dual white dot, square notched base that is dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered ‘double diamond’ rosewood stocks that show only the slightest of handling scuffs. There are no cracks or losses and the checkers are consistent. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Brushed Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The top and right sides of the slide have small scuffs and scratches; the left side of the frame has a mark from the slide stop. The barrel has some operational wear from normal use. This pistol looks to have been shot seldom and was well taken care of in the interim. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide is tight to the frame and the trigger breaks with minimal creep or takeup and is adjustable via a set screw. The trigger has three lightening holes, the hammer is skeletonized. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is one factory 8-round magazine with scuffs and minor wear. Also included is the original serialized factory box, foam inserts, an unopened Colt lock, owner’s manual and factory paper inserts, all showing light wear rating in about Excellent condition as photographed.
Our Assessment: This is a sharp Colt Combat Commander that looks to have been shot seldom and was well taken care of in the interim. There are scuffs and shallow scratches on the top and right side of the slide, the left side of the frame has a mark from the slide stop. This is a superb solution to every day carry, sitting just smaller than a full sized 1911, with an 8 round magazine. .45 ACP has a definitive track record of stopping power, accuracy and availability. From Wikipedia: “The .45 ACP is an effective combat pistol cartridge that combines accuracy and stopping power for use against human targets. The cartridge also has relatively low muzzle blast and flash, as well as moderate recoil. The standard issue military .45 ACP round has a 230 grain bullet that travels at approximately 830 feet per second when fired from the government issue M1911A1 pistol and approximately 950 feet per second from the M1A1 Thompson sub-machine gun.”