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Colt XSE series

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by NewGlocker28, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. NewGlocker28


    Nov 26, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Hey guys. Thinking of purchasing my first 1911 sometime this year and still doing my research and trying to learn about them. Anyone have any thoughts on the Colt XSE series? How do they differ from the Model 70 and Model 80s series?

    Thoughts on Colt vs SA, Kimber, STI?

  2. OrangeDonkey


    Mar 7, 2010
    How much are you willing to spend? What features are you looking for?

  3. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    As far as I am concerned they are in the same class as Springfield Loadeds, Kimber base models, and similar.

    The XSE pistols are series 80 and have the firing pin safety. The series 70s do not have the firing pin safety parts.

    I like mine and I am happy with it.
  4. They are fine pistols. I'm quite happy with my XSE Commander. The are series 80 1911's which means they have a firing pin safety. Mine is nicely fitted. Not overly light, but not loose either. Its accurate and a good shooter.

    As CAcop said, they are comparable to other 1911's at the bottom of the "mid range" 1911 category. Some might complain that for the money you could get a nicer 1911 and overall I tend to agree. However, Colt makes a soild, reliable 1911.
  5. Happy Hunting

    Happy Hunting

    Jul 27, 2010
    I had the front edges of mine beveled and had the front cocking serrations "tamed". I also switched out the grip safety for a Wilson(didn't care for the duckbill), as well as the thumb safety(switched to tactical extended).

    The performance has been flawless after about 800 rounds of WWB, Fiocchi, UMC, Wolf, Critical Defense, and Gold Dots as long as I use Wilson 47Ds. The Colt mags had some issues on the last round.

    You won't be disappointed.
  6. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    Posted these pictures way to much but thats okay...


    Both of my XSE series came with a regular up swept beavertail. I think Colt is going away from the duckbill type but I'm not 100% sure. The Rail Gun was bought last year and the Combat Elite at the beginning of this year.

    Accurate, 100% reliable and feels great in the hand especially with the undercut trigger guard on both models. Slide to frame fit has a little movement but thats how a 1911 is suppose to be for reliability.

    Added a Nighthawk Custom magwell MSH to the Combat Elite and a S&A magwell MSH to the Rail Gun. Both guns had the 80 series system easily removed before a shot was fired. If a gun is built originally with a firing pin safety then thats fine by me, but adding that system later on is just a jerry rig way of making it acceptable in certain states. I do the same thing to Kimbers with an 80 series FP which I found out works better than the 70 FP.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2011
  7. it seems the Duck Bill grip safety (mine has not bothered me but for a sharp edge) is left only on the Government regular XSE...front cocking serrations...may have sharp edges (mine is 2005 newer report less likely)...may have real Novak's sights or three dot Champion knockoffs...ambi-safety on some models...nice parts...


  8. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    Just a note that both of mine have true Novak sites on them. Great looking piece BTW :)
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2011
  9. thanks...mine too has a true Novak's black rear sight with a white dot front sight...thanks...


    ...after some attention by Teddy Jacobson...(and different stocks)

  10. G27RR


    Oct 11, 2010
    The Combat Elite is a good buy in the $900 or so price range. Mine is fitted well and reliable. Looks good, too. I have four STIs, but when I saw the Combat elite in person I was drawn to it and haven't regretted it at all.

  11. akapennypincher

    akapennypincher Glock-O-Holic

    The Colt XSE is a lot of bang for the buck, if they made a 9mm. Blue Steel on I would buy one!