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Colt xse

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by themighty9mm, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. themighty9mm

    themighty9mm

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    So I should be having one of these coming my way shortly. The problem is I havnt handled or shot one before. I have shot 1911's just not one of these. I am pretty stoked about it, the last time I had a 1911 I kicked myself hard within an hour of selling it. So what has ben your experience with this model? When did the xse series come out? How the accuracy? I have done a search on google and GT Not much came up. The only reveiw I saw was on here and it was just the one review.
     
  2. HAIL CAESAR

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    If it is a new XSE it is a very nicely finished gun, full of good parts. The older XSE had a bit of slide to frame play ( a good thing for reliability!!) but still had first rate parts.

    Accuracy out of a Ransom rest will be somewhere in the 2 to 3.5 inch at 25 yards with good loads.
     

  3. themighty9mm

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    How do you tell when it was made?
     
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    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    Call Colt. A good Colt man will give you a good estimate by the serial number.
     
  5. themighty9mm

    themighty9mm

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    Thanks for your help, last question for you as it doesnt appear many people know of these models judging by what I have seen in my google search and search on GT. I dont know if I wil like the duckbill palm safety, what does it take to get an upswept style one? Is fitting by a smith required or just a parts swap?
     
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    Wilson has a drop in grip safety that requires no alteration of the frame. I have one on my 1991A1 that I changed a few parts out on. OF course the frame may already be cut for a grip safety, just ask Colt which one.
     
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    The XSE's are a nice pistol. Colt is famous for building a serious, low frills pistol that works. An XSE Commander Lightweight is on my short list.
     
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    If it is anything like my Combat Elite you will not be disappointed. The fit, finish, and accuracy are excellent. IMHO

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    Not a bad gun, though mine is anything but tight.

    I've got the Commander version.


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    I dont need it to be super tight. I've had bad experience with kimber and being overly tight. 500-70 break in period my butt! 800 rounds later and it still couldnt run more than 1 mag through it w/o jamin. Sold it. It doesnt have to be super accurate, I dont expect quarter inch groups. Just has to be acceptable. From the bit I have read, I get the best quality parts out of the box for the money
     
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    I purchased a full size XSE two years ago. It was alright but I have to say I had two major complaints: The fit was very good- but the sharp edges were not to my liking. All edges on mine were too sharp. A long time (older) Colt buddy of mine mumbled something about "using it to slice cheese" as well as for self defense purposes. I agreed- mine absolutely needed a full melt operation- unacceptable to me as I paid just over $800.00 for the gun. Secondly- mine had what APPEARED to be Novak or Novak cut sights on it. They weren't- they were a foreign knock-off. Again- blew my mind why an American manufacturer of an $800.+ handgun would resort to using orient manufactured sights. (I know- cost savings, but still..)

    That said- the gun shot well. I sold it and have recently acquired an excellent+ cond. Kimber full size Eclipse, for around the same money.

    Best wishes with yours.

    Brian
     
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    Colt XSE sights are made by by KFS industries, an American Company. And besides, I don't remember Colt ever mentioning in thier literature or on their sight that their guns come with Novaks.
     
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    Bac, which XSE Commander do you have? the steel frame or lightweight? Judging from the looks of the frame I'd say it's the light.
     
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    I've got an XSE and like it very much. I actually like the "duckbill" grip safety too. It's not as be as aggressive and might be a little understated compared to some others but I think it works just fine. It does for me anyways.
     
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    Mark me down as another person that prefers the duck tail safety over the beavertail style. I really like my XSE, the only part I am not too thrilled with is the front serrations on the slide. I could have lived without those.

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    I hear you about the front slide serrations. I'm in the market for a commander and I'm actually planning on one of the 01991 models for that very reason.
     
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    I like my basic, all steel commander better than my XSE. It does not have all the bells and whistles of the XSE but I like the simplicity of it better. :)

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    Its all steel.
     
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    I don't mind the Duckbill (aside from a razor sharp upper edge :D) and my XSE came with Novak sights...says Novak right on them...they have changed the sights over the years...mine's a 2005 built XSE Government...
    Bill
     
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    Let us know how you like it. I've always wanted to own a Colt Commander and I'm really interested in the XSE. :popcorn: