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Old 05-23-2014, 04:39 PM
surplusshooter surplusshooter is offline
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What would you do ?

I have an old 1978 pre-80 series Colt Combat Commander. It is the blued model in cal. .45 ACP. It is in excellent condition and I really love shooting it, however, the sights suck. They are just too small for my old eyes. I have been thinking of having my gunsmith install bigger 3 dot sights on it. I know that these old models are becoming rather collectable and that any nonreversible modifications could hurt it's value. So, what would you do ? Thanks for your advice.
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:43 PM
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Well it's either a collectible or a shooter, right? Gonna have to pick one.
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:19 PM
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There are several sight sets out there that do not require any permamant modification. A good 'smith can change the front stake-on sight without a mark.

Unless your Commander is absolutely like new with original box and papers/booklet , and isn't the first thing ya'd sell if/when ya need cash , do what ya want to keep shooting.


And thanks for NOT calling it a Series '70 Commander!
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:52 PM
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I have an old 1978 pre-80 series Colt Combat Commander. It is the blued model in cal. .45 ACP. It is in excellent condition and I really love shooting it, however, the sights suck. They are just too small for my old eyes. I have been thinking of having my gunsmith install bigger 3 dot sights on it. I know that these old models are becoming rather collectable and that any nonreversible modifications could hurt it's value. So, what would you do ? Thanks for your advice.
I have a Colt Gold Cup and in the past I had various Government models that I put Bo-Mar and other highly visible sights for various competitions I use to shoot. Now I prefer the USGI little sights on the 1911.

Are you planning on carrying it as a concealed weapon or just plinking at the range?
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:17 PM
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I might suggest trying to paint the sight first and see if that helps. Once the original front sight has been removed it really can't be re-used.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:27 PM
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What I would do is get sights. I have three pre 80s I acquired since August last. Two are satin nickel and are getting sights and a refinish. One is blue and will get sights when one of the others is ready. They were all fired when I bought them with no box. I do not expect to realize any benefit from selling them in my lifetime so I will set them up for fun making empty brass.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:41 PM
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Here's a nice, direct fit rear sight, with info about front sights too

https://shop.harrisoncustom.com/rear...-usgi-rear-cut
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:59 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the replies and for all the suggestions to my question. "Levinz11" has a good point, and he's right...."it's either a collectible or a shooter, gonna have to pick one". I guess I can't have both. I think that before I do anything that I can't reverse or something that I may regret later, I am going to do what "dsk" suggested and that is to simply paint the front sight. This simple and cheap suggestion may solve my problem of not being able to see the sights very well. I can also see where taller sights could actually be a disadvantage if I chose to make this old Combat Commander my carry gun.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:09 AM
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Can't take it with you, do what you need to do, to keep enjoying shooting
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Old 05-24-2014, 10:54 AM
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The collector value is not huge, so make it so you can shoot it easier.
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:12 AM
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I bought a first-year Series 80 Commander, and those sights are not great. I didn't have any qualms about changing them, so went with a pre-dots M1991A1 rear sight, and a MGW serrated ramp front. It's approximately the same sight set-up that Colt instituted a year later, and works fine, though I'd prefer a narrower front.
I would personally avoid any dots or bars, but if that's what you know you like, then go for it.
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