Colt Custom Combat Commander 04613 Pre-Series ’80 Nickel 4 1/4″ SA Semi-Automatic Pistol & Box 1978


Make: Colt

Model: Custom Combat Commander Model, Pre-Series ’80, 04613

Serial Number: 70SC62134

Year of Manufacture: 1978 (  

Caliber: .45 ACP

Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine

Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COMBAT / COMMANDER / COLT / AUTOMATIC / CALIBER .45” 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 “70SC62134”. The barrel at the port is marked “COLT .45 AUTO”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “G” and with “VP” in a triangle. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “L”. The magazine floorplate is marked “COLT / 45 AUTO”.

Barrel Length: 4 ¼”

Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with an “MMC” marked white outlined square notched flat topped rear sight in a base adjustable for elevation and windage dovetailed into the slide and serrated blade front sight with a ramped rear face fixed to the front of the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with gold-colored Colt medallions. There is no notable damage or wear to the grips. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.

Type of Finish: Polished and Satin Nickel

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 93% of its metal finish. The polished flats of the slide have very light scattered marks throughout with a couple of more noticeable marks at the front of the left side. The frame has only light handling marks. The grip safety has what appears to be pitting throughout its surface, though given the condition of the rest of the firearm, it is possible this is due to a poor mold for the part. Please see pictures. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: This pistol has a tight slide and a crisp trigger. The action functions correctly. 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: Included is a faux-wood cardboard box with matching end-label and two-piece styrofoam insert with an assortment of factory paperwork. The box has some light wear on the faces with moderate wear on edges and corners and the styrofoam has very light wear from the pistol’s sights. Overall, the box is in about Fine condition. This pistol comes with a nickel 7-round magazine. The magazine has very light operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring. Overall, the magazine is in about Excellent condition.

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 .45 Commanders such as this one are what most people think of when they think of “The Commander”. It has about 93% of its beautiful polished and satin nickel finish complemented by checkered grips in Excellent condition and comes with its original box and paperwork. This pistol has been equipped by the Colt Custom Shop with a Gold Cup style trigger and adjustable rear sight as well as having a polished nickel finish on flats instead of a full satin nickel finish. While this would make a fantastic defensive pistol, it is almost certain to make a Colt collector very happy and take a prized position in their collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California but CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. This does not apply to out of state residents.

Colt Custom Combat Commander 04613 Pre-Series '80 Nickel 4 1 4 SA Semi-Automatic Pistol & Box 1978
Colt Custom Combat Commander 04613 Pre-Series ’80 Nickel 4 1 4 SA Semi-Automatic Pistol & Box 1978