Model: Combat Commander
Serial Number: 70BS3128
Year of Manufacture: Approximately 1972
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COMMANDER / MODEL / COLT / 9MM LUGER / CALIBER” with the rampant Colt logo, the right is marked “COLT’S COMBAT COMMANDER”. The right side of the frame is marked with the serial number and “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The right side of the trigger guard bow is marked “G”, the left is marked with the “VP” verified proof in triangle and “3”. The barrel is marked “CAL. 9MM LUGER”.
Barrel Length: 4 ¼”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade that is fixed to the slide; the rear sight is a square notched leaf base that is dovetailed onto the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth walnut with nickel plated rampant Colt logo medallions. The grips are not checkered and are only lightly varnished. The grain on the wood is clear and deep, the medallions are flush with the wood surface. There are some mild scuffs and light dings present, no cracks or major damages are seen. The grip panels are in Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte & Polished Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright, tending to gray at the muzzle with spots of persistent lead fowling. The rifling has wear but is still highly defined.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 78% of its metal finish. The grip safety and straps have heavy hand rubbing to bare metal along with spots of dark brown oxidation. The slide and frame edges have rubbing and scrapes consistent with holster use. The slide is shifting to plum in color, the trigger and grip safety have heavy rubbing from normal use. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 9-round factory magazine, which has rubbing on the edges and body, expected over a period of use. The feed lips and spring are still strong, the magazine is in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a 1972 Colt Model Combat Commander with a 4 ¼” barrel, beautiful matte and polished blued surfaces and a very shootable bore. The metal surfaces show honest use but the action is still solid and the all steel construction has promise of many decades of service yet to give. This is a smaller version of Colt’s original 1911 design that stays true to its original purpose; this one is chambered in 9mm Luger, a round most of us already have at home, we are unsure who will be more curious, the collectors or shooters? Please see our pictures and good luck.