Gear: Colt Combat Commander

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Colt Combat Commander

Colt
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Price: $700.00
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Description:

Shortly after the Second World War, the United States Government began sponsoring a series of tests to find a new pistol to replace the Colt M1911A1. One of the key requirements dictated at the time was that the pistol was not to exceed 7.0 inches in length or 25 ounces in weight. These tests were conducted at Aberdeen Proving Grounds as well as at Fort Benning, Georgia. The pistols submitted at this time were the S&W M39, the Colt Commander, a modified Inglis Hi Power, a FN Hi Power and the T3 trial pistol, all chambered in 9mm Parabellum. Proposed at the end of 1949, the Commander was intended to fill a military need for a lighter handgun which would be issued to officers. None of these pistols were selected for the Armed Forces during this round of tests, but Colt wisely decided to go forward with commercial production of the Commander and it proved itself to be a popular and successful design. It was available in several chamberings including the 9mm Parabellum, .45 ACP and the .38 Super. Prior to 1970, Commander frames were made in a light aluminum alloy, called "Coltalloy®". It was the first time that any name-brand auto pistol manufacturer had used an aluminum frame in a regular-production big-bore gun. Another first for the Commander was that it was the first Colt 1911 designed specifically with the 9mm Parabellum cartridge in mind. In 1970, an all-steel version was introduced under the name of "Combat Commander". From 1970 on, the Commander was referred to as the “Lightweight Commander.” Colt has continued to build Commander-style pistols through its successive design permutations. The Gold Cup, MKIV Series 80, M1991A1, and XSE series have all included Commander and Lightweight Commander models.

Member Reviews

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    Marine4life, Sat, 01 Dec 2007 10:36:25 UTC.
    1st review

    My favorite pistol to take to the range and shoot. It is a tack driver or maybe I am good shot. I sure Sam Colt has something to do with it..........

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    rickjudy, Fri, 07 Dec 2007 19:13:31 UTC.

    favorite gun by far. I have one series 70 and one series 80. Easy to carry, accurate and reliable.

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    rickjudy, Fri, 07 Dec 2007 19:13:31 UTC.

    favorite gun by far. I have one series 70 and one series 80. Easy to carry, accurate and reliable.

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    TRoar26, Mon, 17 Dec 2007 23:44:34 UTC.

    Now thats pretty

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    MPD216, Wed, 27 Feb 2008 03:39:04 UTC.

    This gun is an absolute DREAM! I carry a Colt Combat Elite as a duty weapon. Very easy on the eyes and a great gun to shoot.

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    brooklynsergeant, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 23:05:19 UTC.

    The Grand Daddy of all Big Bore Pistols, I have one for 25 years, still funtions as well as it did brand new out of the box. Cocked and Locked ready to Rock!

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    aaa111, Thu, 27 Mar 2008 22:55:48 UTC.

    had 1 and sold it. big mistake. as fine a 1911 as there is made

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    Anonymous, Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:53:23 UTC.

    Very clean looking pistol, I'd love to own one.

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    ScottBurke, Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:55:11 UTC.

    I love my colt alsome weapon

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    shortstax33, Mon, 23 Jun 2008 16:58:03 UTC.

    Anyone who tells you the 1911 series isn't one of the finest weapons around is a liar. Saving up my nickels to get a nighthawk tactical LET model. Can't wait.

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    JeffKnox, Thu, 03 Jul 2008 02:50:24 UTC.

    I've carried the same Combat Commander as my personal protection gun for 25 years, since 1983 when I bought it used while in college. I had it worked over by Steve Woods, pistol magician, a few years later. Series 70, all steel, hard chromed, MMC sights with tritium front insert, Barstow barrel, and my newest addition, Crimson Trace Laser Grips. Jury's still out on the laser grips. They are a fantastic training tool - see every twitch and quiver - but I worry about relying on them too much and getting lazy. Guess I'll just have to shoot more to come to a conclusion.

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    Dogslayer, Thu, 10 Jul 2008 23:16:35 UTC.

    Great Gun ,love it. The price of ammo is getting pretty high.

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    ESPD_193, Thu, 10 Jul 2008 23:50:12 UTC.

    Super great gun. If anyone wants to get rid of one, just look me up.

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    Wolvarine, Fri, 11 Jul 2008 00:41:43 UTC.

    Great Pistol!

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    RANGER_ONE_TX, Fri, 11 Jul 2008 20:44:13 UTC.

    Best semi-auto pistol I have ever owned !!! .45acp best duty round ever...

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    BILLY3476, Wed, 01 Oct 2008 01:02:53 UTC.

    GREAT GUN AND A TAC DRIVER. WHAT CAN I SAY IT IS A COLT

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    Bill_Jenkins, Sat, 22 Nov 2008 21:24:44 UTC.

    Have carried one since my dad gave me one for graduating the accedemy. I love this gun......

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    twistermike45, Sat, 03 Jan 2009 08:40:39 UTC.

    I have carried the colt combat commander ever since I bought my first on in 97. It is accurate, reliable and always works. Wouldn't have another duty weapon.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 29 Jan 2009 09:02:01 UTC.

    I first carried a Colt 1911A1 as an MP in 1984. I reviewed and studied all the 1911 types for a long time before selecting the Model 4012XSE Stainless Steel Combat Commander for my off duty/secondary duty weapon. The 1911 is perfectly designed to point and shoot. I don't really even use the sights, it is just that ergonomically perfect. I thought of putting night sights on it, but then ask why? I did put VZ micarta operator grips on it. They're very durable, and provide a good grip surface. No buyer's remorse here!!!

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    fsa0033, Fri, 13 Feb 2009 04:42:38 UTC.

    I bought a combat commander 80 series brand new while being an airman in 1981. I carried it while off-duty as a captain in the USAF while brandishing the awkward .38 revolver then the M9 when it came out. I still have my commander to this day, I will never give it up. It's destined as an heirloom to my sons. I enjoy the power it delivers, the accuracy and design. I've had so many offers during gunshows. It looks just as good now as when I opened that box almost 30 years ago. Great weapon by far. Just wish I bought two.

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    Honcho, Thu, 19 Feb 2009 02:42:08 UTC.

    This was my favorite carry pistol for years. Tight, accurate - truly a tack driver. Well balanced. I loved my Commander. It disappeared the same day my ex left. Imagine that.

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    Angelonthewall, Wed, 06 May 2009 22:43:53 UTC.

    I had my combat commander customed by Robbie Barkman at Gunsite, AZ. Robbie added custom sights, tightened the slide and customed the trigger pull for ease of shooting. He made an excellent gun even more excellent.

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    Spectre3, Fri, 12 Jun 2009 11:00:08 UTC.

    This was my first off duty weapon and there's nothing more reliable. If it weren't SAO or my Department would approve it, I would still be carrying this today.

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    jpersinger, Mon, 15 Jun 2009 02:16:11 UTC.

    I've carried the same combat commander since I purchased it in 1977. That's 31 years of service. It's the same pistol today that it was when I took it out of the box back then. I just spent three days on the range training with 30 or so police officers who all shot Glocks. I was the most popular man on the range and I out shot all of them. At 51 years old, I was an antique shooting an antique. Just the same, when I'm tracking fugitives this week that commander will be with me.

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    cencom1, Sun, 21 Jun 2009 21:19:37 UTC.

    I owned one of these. Sold it to a good friend. My loss , his gain. What a fool I was!

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    ibewbull, Thu, 03 Sep 2009 04:01:28 UTC.

    This is another one I will not sell.
    .45 ACP Stainless with a pair of USN ivory like grips.
    Sweet shooting and never fails.
    I also have a blue one in .38 super , very acurate and a fine shooting piece.9+1 is not a sloucher in the power either.
    Again the Milt Sparks Summer Special is a good one if you have your pants sized right for IWB carry. I also have a Bullman but they are pricy.

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    darsavmo, Tue, 15 Sep 2009 05:25:47 UTC.

    An outstanding 1911 pistol. Perfectly balanced and just the right size for concealed carry...

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    Doug95B, Sat, 03 Apr 2010 00:07:29 UTC.

    First duty weapon. The legendary 'Colt .45' would give it 6 stars if I could. :)

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    dpdmountie, Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:13:44 UTC.

    Best duty weapon out there. Saved my life twice on the job!

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    Medicspiff, Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:39:16 UTC.

    My grandfather left me one of these after he died. It's chambered in 9mm and I absolutely love this gun! Accurate and fun to shoot. I know this may be a stupid question and possibly the wrong place for it but I am looking to find one just like it in .45 are these still in production?

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