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Posted: 8/16/2004 5:05:36 PM EDT
My father just gave me his Combat Commander he bought used back in '74 or '75. It looks to be in excellent shape, all original as I can tell. Can anyone give me some information on this model? I would like to get its date of manufacture, if anyone knows how I can do this. I was also wondering if this baby would make a good carry piece? Thanks
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 6:06:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 6:57:49 PM EDT
Pre-70 series Commanders were made from 1950-1976. Calibers were 9mm, .38Super & .45acp. 98% value is $650 for .45acp.

Series 70 were made from 1970 to 1983. Calibers included .30 Luger. 98% value is $725.

LW Commanders are worth about $25-50 more. The .30 Luger caliber is worth $2,000 in 98%. 5 were sold in the US in 1971.

Series 80 1911s started in 1983.

All info is out of the Blue Book. Hope this helps.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 8:13:00 PM EDT
Ther is no such thing as a 70 series commander. It either has a firing pin saftey (80 series) or it doesn't.
Link Posted: 8/16/2004 10:06:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By moxnix228:
Ther is no such thing as a 70 series commander. It either has a firing pin saftey (80 series) or it doesn't.

There is the Combat Commander(steel frame) and the Commander ( lightweight alloy frame). There was a series 70 Combat Commander because I had one in satin nickle . It was my first handgun. (Damn I'd like to have that on back.) Either would make a excelent carry piece.
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 12:05:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/17/2004 12:07:11 PM EDT by SGB]
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 2:33:46 PM EDT
The Combat Commander is a great pistol. It was the first keeper pistol I ever bought. As time went by and my state adopted the right to carry law, I learned a few things I did't like about it. First, its not the length of the slide that is hard to conceal its the length of the frame. Second, the Combat Commander is only a few ounces lighter than a full size 1911. I sold my commander a year ago and started carrying a full size 1911. To me the light weight commander makes a lot of since. The Combat Commander is a answer to a question that doesn't exist. But hell if its free and has family value there is nothing better !!!!!!
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 3:11:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SGB:
Moxnix228 is correct, NO series 70 commanders/combat commanders or lw commanders. Colt never made a Commander size 1911 in Series 70.



Page 474 of the 23rd Edition of the Blue Book lists a Series 70 LW Commander. Page 475 lists a Series 70 Combat Commander.

Honest Injun.
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 3:17:28 PM EDT
My very first pistol was a Satin Nickel Combat Commander... Man do I wish I had it back.. That was '82 or thereabouts.. Next to my ProCarryII HD it was the best handgun I think Ive ever owned..

John
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 4:23:06 PM EDT
Yeah, I think I am going to like the pistol. I am taking it to the range this weekend to see what sort of ammo it likes. I read that they don't like many JHP. It also needs some different sites, IMHO as the factory ones leave something to be desired. Maybe a trip to Clark's Customs is in order.....
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 5:13:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2004 5:12:28 PM EDT by SGB]
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 7:55:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 8:11:09 AM EDT
Like the pic!! Nice pistol.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 4:55:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SGB:
Don't believe everything you read, it's a fairly common URBAN LEGAND



Urban Legend from the Blue Book? Surely you jest, sir?
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 5:00:48 PM EDT
Do they have a picture of a commander slide stamped "70 series" if so post it.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 5:09:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2004 5:12:04 PM EDT by SGB]
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 5:39:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By moxnix228:
Do they have a picture of a commander slide stamped "70 series" if so post it.



No pics which is why I listed the page numbers.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 5:43:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SGB:

Seriously...............Colt NEVER made a Series 70 Commander/Combat Commander or LW Commander.



So the Blue Book has lied all those editions? No one bothered to correct them on this huge error? Isn't this just a tad bit hard to believe? No offense. Doesn't everone consider the Blue Book to be damn near perfect in accuracy?

Link Posted: 8/18/2004 6:07:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2004 6:26:13 PM EDT by SGB]
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