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Colt commanders, old vs. new

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by jethro21, Dec 4, 2010.


  1. jethro21

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    I have been toying with getting style 1911, and originally thought to go with the STI guardian, but found it is going to be out of my price range. I have seen several lightly used Colt Commanders locally within my price range, and I would really like a series 70 Commander, but that may not be an option. I have heard of some issues (qc?) recently regarding the newer model Colts. If what I heard was right, what has changed in older vs. newer models (not talking series 70 vs. 80, just what issues have come up)?
     

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  2. glock2740

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    Here's my hardchromed Series 80 Commander. Love it. :)


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    Couple small MIM parts & a bunch of sharp edges.
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  4. ArmoryDoc

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    I love the Colt Commander. This is the newer 1991 Commander that I've had for about a year. Runs like a champ. Zero QC issues. :wavey:

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  5. infiniti0505

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    I owned the STI Guardian. The pistol is extremely well made and very accurate. I CCW'd it for about a year in AZ. I just picked up a Sig C3. I like the C3 more than I did the Guardian. It is truly a beautiful pistol, highly accurate, and for me it was more comfortable. You should check them out. I have fallen in love with Sigs line of 1911's. Just my 2 cents.
     
  6. skipsan

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    I have a pre-80 Series Combat Commander and love it. The only negative is that it throws brass forward, so shooting at the indoor range means lost brass. I know that could be addressed--just haven't gotten to it. The only negatives I know of regarding CC's of this era were nubby sights, and re really satin nickle finish on a lot of them which brand new looks good, but goes down hill quickly from there.

    There aren't many un-messed with pre-80 Series Commanders or Combat Commanders left. In my view, that is what you'd want to preclude getting someone's project-gone-bad.

    I'd go for a contemporary Colt Commander or Combat Commander for the better sights, available stainless finish, and possible warranty if you buy new. If you want a "project" that will cost you more than you'll ever recover, then go for the pre-80 Series, if you can find one. I paid $600 for mine, put another $500 in it for tuning and sights, and now its worth $700--maybe.
     
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  7. bac1023

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    Its bone stock too. :whistling:






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  9. glock2740

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    Yeah. The slide AND the frame are both completely made by Colt. :cool:


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    very nice pistol, sarge. very nice.
     
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    Same with this one. ;)

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    if i live through the heart slicing i'm about to go thru, thats the first pistol i'm going to purchase as a reward to myself.....and the surgeon.
     
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    I love the old pre series 70s, maybe the best commanders Colt ever cranked out. But the quality is still pretty good today, Colt remains to be the gun of choice for most custom projects. I wouln't hesitate to buy a newer one.
     
  14. PlayboyPenguin

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    You have to base every used gun on an individual basis. The best gun in the world can be a clunker if it was mistreated or monkeyed with by the wrong person.

    That being said, the general rule of thumb on Colts is that you can't go wrong with older ones or very new ones. You can run into some trouble with ones made in the 90's. At that time Colt was going through a transition. They had stopped properly maintaining their tooling (which had become pretty worn out) but had not yet updated to modern manufacturing techniques. Because of this some pretty sloppy guns were rolling out of the factory. They were pretty much just coasting on their name. For the past decade or two they have been back to producing some top notch firearms.

    When I was looking to buy a Delta Elite I found that every one of the older ones I could find were not the best fit guns I had ever seen. Then I found a brand new one and it was exceptionally well put together and finished.

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  15. ParaBear

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    I have a Colt Light Weight Commander about a year and a half old with ~2000 rounds through it fed by Tripp Cobra Mags. Runs like a swiss watch.:wavey: