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Newest 1911 to my collection: 38 Super Detonics CombatMaster MK VI

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by melensdad, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. melensdad


    Apr 13, 2010
    I can't believe that I got this gun for a steal. A year or two ago any Detonics model in 38 Super would command a price of NO LESS THAN $1100 to $1200 and could easily fetch more. I picked this up today on Gunbroker for hundreds LESS than those prices. It must be the economy? Even with shipping and transfer costs I'll be at only $900 in this gun.

    There are probably no more than 300 to 350 CombatMasters chambered in 38 Super spread across all the various models. That makes this one rare gun indeed. I have several other 38 Super chambered CombatMasters in my Detonics collection, including a twin to this one, but I could not pass the gun up at this price.





  2. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    That's pretty damn cool.

    Was it Jerry Ahern or some other gun dudes who was quite a proponent of Detonics and wrote all those men's adventure books with the main character running around with a pair of Detonics?

    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012

  3. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    :) Great deal on a great looking 1911, congrats. Oh yeah and it is in the coolest of 1911 calibers to boot!
  4. melensdad


    Apr 13, 2010
    Jerry Ahern featured the Detonics CombatMaster in several of his novels. As the Detonics company changed ownership over the years, Jerry and some investors actually bought the company at one point.

    You may also remember the TV show MIAMI VICE if you are old enough. Sonny Crockett, the lead in the show (played by Don Johnson) carried a couple CombatMasters in some episodes.
  5. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Very nice score. How many rounds does the mag hold? Speaking of which, I'd imagine extra mags are hard to come by?
  6. melensdad


    Apr 13, 2010
    7 rounds in 38 Super.

    The MK VI guns were made up until 1986 and were produced in 4 different calibers. 9mm, 38 Super, 45 ACP and 451 Detonics Magnum. The 45 ACP magazines are fairly available. 9mm and 38 Super magazines are very rare and can sell for $75 to $100 each.
  7. TTM65


    Jul 5, 2006
    Central Florida
    When I was younger I used to read the series called the Able Team, they used detonics and from that time I just had to have one. I eventually obtained one and it makes me remember how I could not wait to finish the page just to turn to the next.