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Old 05-24-2010, 10:20 PM
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1971 Colt Combat Commander production information HELP sought

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Friends,

I have decided that something fun to do in my dotage would be to collect me a few Colt 1911s from certain years which have some meaning to me.

One of the pistols I set out to find, in my master plan, was a blued Combat Commander from 1971, the year I went into the Army.

So I went to Proofhouse to find the s/n range of that model for 1971, and DANG!, wouldn’t you know it, from 1912 to 1978, from Government Models to Commanders, there’s ONE GLITCH, and it involves the year I’m after ! ! !

For the blued Combat Commander, Proofhouse shows...
- the beginning s/n of 1970, and
- the beginning s/n of 1972
...but does NOT show the beginning s/n of 1971

In other words, there’s no way to tell where 1970 ends and 1971 begins.

So, I called Colt’s to ask.
And they had the exact same information I had found on Proofhouse.

I asked the lady the source of her information, and she said from R. L. Wilson’s “Colt’s Dates of Manufacture” book.

I asked if that missing information might be available in Colt’s own records.
She said that Colt’s had never kept production information of that sort, and that Wilson’s book was really all there was.

So, it looks to me like I’m pretty much at a dead end as far as determining the s/n range for the blued 1971 Combat Commander...

...UNLESS, any Colt nuts somewhere (here? ) may have compared numbers somewhere along the line and sort of narrowed it down for themselves.

OR... somebody have some other idea, help or information for me.

Not holding my breath I don’t guess, but I just had to ask, and figured this would be the place!

I would be much obliged for any help in this matter.

James

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Old 05-25-2010, 11:51 AM
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according to proofhouse.com

these are the dates and serial numbers they list for Colt Combat Commanders:
(like you said - no distinction for blue for 71-72)
1970 70SC01001
1971 CLW009751
1971 70SC01401
1972 CLW0013051
1972 70BS06501
1972 70SC05401

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Old 05-25-2010, 01:30 PM
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these are the dates and serial numbers they list for Colt Combat Commanders:
(like you said - no distinction for blue for 71-72)
1970 70SC01001
1971 CLW009751
1971 70SC01401
1972 CLW0013051
1972 70BS06501
1972 70SC05401
Thanks for posting the Proofhouse information for others to see.
This of course, as I said in my OP, was my starting point.

James

P.S. You have, though, misstated that there is "no distinction for blue for 71-72"
The production numbers for '72 are clear.
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:13 PM
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you're

right I misread my numbers.
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Old 05-29-2010, 04:12 PM
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Weekend bump.

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