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Old 05-15-2020, 01:14 PM
1911luver 1911luver is offline
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Tell me about the detonics combat master.

I’ve always been intrigued by these little 1911’s. I’m mostly wondering about what parts will interchange with standard 1911 guns? Also what about magazines does it use its own or will it take officers mags,if so do the fit flush?

What about recoil and other springs? Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-15-2020, 04:52 PM
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In a nutshell, the Combat Master uses most standard 1911 internals, it utilizes a frame that is as much shorter than a modern "compact", as the compact is shorter than a Government Model.
A guy on gunbroker sells recoil spring sets.

I've had one for twenty years, have about 5000 rounds through it, and while I think it's a cool gun, I retired it from carry use because, even though it's a compact 1911, it's a really big, heavy (32oz) gun that holds only seven rounds.

Everybody should have one.

EDIT: Here's a video I did, specifically about my efforts to knock a few ounces off the Combat Master, but there's stuff about mags, and details, too.
If you're not shooting you should be moving. If you're not moving you should be reloading. If you're not shooting, moving, or reloading, you should be taping or picking brass. - Z.C.

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Old 05-22-2020, 03:00 PM
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Bought one new in 1985. It is above one I found a couple years ago made in 77.

I detailed stripped the 77 as I was curious about what parts would interchange.

Some items like the different sear spring was being sold by Numrich and others. Wolff used to sell the recoil springs but one had to install them. The firing pin stop could be milled or cut down from a standard one as could the shorter hammer strut. One thing that would be difficult to replace is the piece that fits above the MSH. Perhaps Ebay might have some.

An Officers/Defender mag will stick out the bottom a bit. On some forum within the last year, maybe this one, somebody said there is someone who still makes and sells the short Detonics mag, but I think it is in batches.

Below a Defender/Officers mag in my Detonics.

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Old 05-31-2020, 07:33 PM
Nick Rice Nick Rice is offline
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My early Combat Master (pat.pend.) and MKVI. Wolff single springs are available.

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