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Old 12-23-2011, 10:24 PM
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Colt combat Commander Series 70.




I found a Series 70 Colt Combat Commander in what appears to be nickel at a local gun store.

Is $850 a decent price?

I'm not sure how old it is other than its serial number started with a 70, and I was able to field strip it to confirm that it lacked the series 80 firing pin parts. Looks to be well used, but not terribly ugly.

Edit: I forgot to add, it has a ring hammer, and low profile sights that looked a lot like standard GI sights. It did not have a polymer mainspring housing as well, so I'm pretty sure it isn't a recent series 70 repro. It did not have the colet bushing.

It looks like the one for sale here, only with the gold Colt medalion grips, and in nickel.

http://www.jgsales.com/colt-combat-c...n.-p-4550.html

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Old 12-23-2011, 10:35 PM
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For $850 that thing had better be lightly fired, and look showroom new. If you can get him to knock off a couple hundred then it might be worth considering, otherwise just smile, say 'no thanks', and move on.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:37 PM
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I just pulled up the link and have one word to say to you...RUN!!!




I'll also say this, I'm willing to bet he didn't give the seller more than $250 for it.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:45 PM
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I just pulled up the link and have one word to say to you...RUN!!!




I'll also say this, I'm willing to bet he didn't give the seller more than $250 for it.
The pistol in question is not the pistol in the picture. The pistol in question is a satin nickel series 70 combat commander. My bad.

The pistol does not look new, but it doesn't look beat to heck, either. It looks like a used pistol from the 70's, more or less. It has a Colt magazine, though it's an 8 rounder, so I doubt it's original.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:04 PM
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Oh okay, then in that case refer to my first reply.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:53 AM
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Edit: I forgot to add, it has a ring hammer, and low profile sights that looked a lot like standard GI sights. It did not have a polymer mainspring housing as well, so I'm pretty sure it isn't a recent series 70 repro. It did not have the colet bushing.
Colt does not make a Series 70 Commander. The current ones are all Series 80 pistols. From what you describe it's a 1970's vintage pre-Series 80 Commander, and for $850 it had better be in excellent shape and completely unmolested. Small GI sights and a rowell (ring) hammer were standard on those, but Commanders never used collet bushings unless they were aftermarket.
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:57 AM
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I just bought a 1976 Colt Combat Commander in Satin Nickel that probably has less than 100 rounds through it for $700. The finish it not bad for being 35 years old. They originally wanted $850 for it.
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Old 12-24-2011, 07:29 AM
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The satin nickel finish can be restored to near-new with a light bead blast. That said, the finish will quickly show handling wear if the intent is to carry regularly.

I paid $599 for mine without box and paperwork and quickly put more into it than it will ever be worth. It's a good shooter, but because of the delicate finish it doesn't see much use.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:57 AM
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Is this what it looks like?

70 (pre 80) series combat commander satin nickel

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Old 12-24-2011, 11:26 AM
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That seems like way too much money unless new in box. Pre 80s Commanders were made up to 1983 I think, meaning no 80s firing pin safety.

I traded for a 1981 blued one recently, shown under my 2007 Commander carry gun. My wife loves that older gun, so it is now hers. My cash outlay was aout 400 2002 dollars.



I bought a Satin Nickle Combat Commander new in 1978 and as I have mentioned before they look great in the sales case but show wear when you sneeze at them, plus the silver sights are fun to shoot with. I do not have have any pictures as I traded it in on a Detonics in 1984. Still have the Detonics.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:12 PM
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I traded for a 1981 blued one recently.....
Me like. You should've let her have the new one and kept the classic!
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:04 PM
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All my 1911s have the long trigger and flat mainsping housing, which is what my hand likes. Had I bought that gun back in 1981 it would have had those also, plus probably better sights, but did not want to mess with it now since it was lightly shot, though no box. It surprised me when my wife loved the feel of it and when she shot it she said she did not feel it "kicked" as much as mine.

Nice thing about a 1911 is you CAN change out the trigger, MSH, and of course grips and get it to fit your hand.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:28 PM
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Is this what it looks like?

70 (pre 80) series combat commander satin nickel
That is exactly what it looks like, though it's in a little better shape than that.
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:06 PM
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Depends on how badly you want one.

I've bought a few of them from rough/ $500 to NIB/$900.

See if you can deal with them and get it for $700.
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