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Old 04-25-2013, 07:52 PM
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01923E questions 9x23




I have found a very nice Colt in town and don't know anything about this model. The gun has adjustable sight, checkered front strap, skel trigger. It is new unfired in 9x23. Every other 9x23 does not have these options to compare. It also has a satin blue finish or polished blue. What do you guys think? Any info?
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:55 PM
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nice gun, read up on the cartridge. It is very powerful, much like a long version of 9mm but 125gr at 1475 fps will do alot more damage. Probably a bit of a stretch for a shooter unless you are a reloader due to cost and scarcity. You could easily invest in a 38 super barrel and have lots of fun with it.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:03 PM
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Any idea on a fair price? It is honestly on of the nicest Colts I have seen and I have see quite a few. It is so far off of all the other I have seen I can't get a good comparison.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:57 PM
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I have seen a couple 'normal' Colt Gov't 9x23 models on Gunbroker...
one was asking well over $1k, another asking over $2k...
I have no idea what they are ACTUALLY worth, though.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:54 AM
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I have found a very nice Colt in town and don't know anything about this model. The gun has adjustable sight, checkered front strap, skel trigger. It is new unfired in 9x23. Every other 9x23 does not have these options to compare. It also has a satin blue finish or polished blue. What do you guys think? Any info?
The model number indicates the "enhanced" features, but did not include checkering.

I think those were around '97 or so.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:02 AM
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I believe that pistol has been worked on outside of Colt as I have a 9x23 Series '80 Colt. The pistols shipped from Colt with the standard "enhanced" package of the time, including three-dot fixed sights and a plain front strap with an undercut trigger guard. The finish was a very matte blue. The adjustable sights and checkered front strap suggest a smith worked on that pistol.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:14 AM
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Best to take a couple of pics and post them here and you will get some assistance
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:08 PM
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I would also vote to see some pictures.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:58 PM
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There were two 9x23 models I believe... One was the standard GM with fixed sights and was I believe an Enhanced flat top. The second one had Gold Cup style sights, the ACCRO not the Eliason.. If it is nice condition as was said above, I just saw a LNIB standard model sell for $1500 on GunBroker a few days ago. One of these with the GC style sights are very rare.

With the 9mm, 9x23 or .38 Super as a base gun all you need to do is change barrels, springs and sometimes magazines to have a three caliber gun. Add a good .22 Conversion Unit and you have a 4 caliber go anywhere setup.

I've chronoed 9x23 Winchester 125 STHPs at 1440 fps and the white box soft points at 1460...that is a full .357 Magnum in a much easier to control 10 shot semi-auto...

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Old 04-27-2013, 09:03 PM
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Is it possible it's a Special Combat?
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:24 AM
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I will find the article but I think you are right that it was called a Special Combat... It was in an article by Layne Simpson in SHOOTING TIMES or AMERICAN HANDGUNNER...

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Old 04-28-2013, 07:10 AM
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If the SKU is truly 01923E, it is not a Special Combat as that SKU was for the regular enhanced gun. I am also unaware of any Special Combat models that had factory checkering.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:27 AM
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Here is a pic. I went ahead and picked it up as it is a very clean gun. Sku does read 01923e
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:37 AM
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Nice enhanced gun that shows evidence of nice work. The trigger, grip safety, sights, and grips have been replaced. It also appears that the barrel bushing may have been replaced based on the thickness of the bushing that can be seen in the picture.

Serial number should start with "FR" and end with "E".

Enjoy shooting it. I love mine.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:38 AM
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Thanks farscott I just noticed your not far from me. I'm down in Cullman.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:41 AM
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Yup, almost neighbors. We get our beef from Brickyard Meat in Cullman, so I get down there from time to time.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:46 AM
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Here is a pic. I went ahead and picked it up as it is a very clean gun. Sku does read 01923e
Very nice. don't know what you paid but it looks great
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:49 AM
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I was able to get it wit 200 rds of ammo for $1350 otd. Not a bargain but I couldn't let it get away from me.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:51 AM
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This one looks familiar.
It MAY be one that started out here and was upgraded by a good local 1911 man (Now largely retired, sorry.) If so, it is a good one.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:59 AM
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This one looks familiar.
It MAY be one that started out here and was upgraded by a good local 1911 man (Now largely retired, sorry.) If so, it is a good one.
That's interesting info. Thanks
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:43 PM
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...not a Special Combat Government but with a $250 set of BoMar sights and probably match bushing and barrel you are ahead of the game for a shooter...

What kind of ammo did you get with it...also wondering how the barrel hood is marked...

Nice gun!!..

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Old 04-28-2013, 02:49 PM
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Nice looking pistol. Thanks for the picture.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:01 PM
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Nice looking gun,indeed!

An interesting caliber that I want to learn more about.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:15 PM
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tnob, if that gun is as nice as it looks in the photo, I'd have bought it at that price in a New York minute. The 9X23 is an impressive cartridge that I wish had been more of a commercial success, but it was not to be. As I already had the .38 Super, I was not that interested myself when it was announced. I now realize the error of my ways. I rarely see 1911s with practical modifications by a competent gunsmith offered for sale. Good for you, Very nice gun!
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:48 PM
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tnob, if that gun is as nice as it looks in the photo, I'd have bought it at that price in a New York minute. The 9X23 is an impressive cartridge that I wish had been more of a commercial success, but it was not to be. As I already had the .38 Super, I was not that interested myself when it was announced. I now realize the error of my ways. I rarely see 1911s with practical modifications by a competent gunsmith offered for sale. Good for you, Very nice gun!
Thanks. Makes me feel a little better about the buy. Wouldn't have been so bad if it was the only one I purchased but he also had a Stainless I had to have. Hard for me to say no to a nice Colt. The 9x23 is the nicest Colt I have seen in person and the pics do it no justice.
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