Who here owns a Colt Combat Commander? How do you like it as a carry gun?

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    Who here owns a Colt Combat Commander? How do you like it as a carry gun?

    What are the pros and cons to carrying one?

    I am looking at one dated 1981 without the firing pin safety, in 95% condition for $565.

    How do you like carrying it?

    What magazines do you use?

    Should I replace/improve any of the parts?

    Holster recomendations?

    It is blued with black sights. It has the ring hole hammer and checkered wood grips with the Colt medalion.

    Serial number starts with a80xxxxxxx (I have been told that this is one of the "transition" combat commanders that came just before the firing pin safety change (Series 80)).

    Any pics of yours would be appreciated.

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    My Commander is the Stainless XS Model at the bottom of the picture...I haven't carried it a lot yet (it hasn't shoved my HK USPc out of the rotation ), but I'm looking for a good holster and wouldn't mind carrying it at all.



    It's pretty accurate, but has had some FTF's with hollow-point ammo. It works flawlessly with ball ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridge Runner
    I am looking at one dated 1981 without the firing pin safety
    im curious why you mention that as if the firing pin safety is a deal breaker? i recently purchased a new stainless colt combat commander xse (range report here) and really enjoy it. while i prefer the trigger pull of my TRP, the difference (due to the firing pin safety) isnt that much and i can shoot either of them equally well for the most part.

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    Not a deal breaker........

    Quote Originally Posted by NaturalSelection
    im curious why you mention that as if the firing pin safety is a deal breaker? i recently purchased a new stainless colt combat commander xse (range report here) and really enjoy it. while i prefer the trigger pull of my TRP, the difference (due to the firing pin safety) isnt that much and i can shoot either of them equally well for the most part.

    It is not a dealbreaker. Just an observation about this particular handgun. Some people prefer it over the Series 80. I do not care (unless someone knows why I should - then I would want to know!!!)

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    It has been my (albeit limited) experience, that out of the box, the Series 70 typically has a better trigger pull than the Series 80. As a result, I had previously disdained Series 80 guns. No longer.

    I get trigger jobs for all my M1911s and my gunsmith put a very nice trigger job on my Delta Elite. No creep, nice and light, clean break.

    So I'd say the only downside to Series 80 is that the extra parts complicate detailed diassembly/reassembly. As you are probably aware, the Series 80 firing pin safety does reduce the chances of the gun discharging if dropped.

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    Fantastic Carry Gun

    A natural pointer - perfect balance - accurate - reliable.

    You should not have to do too much to carry it as a self protection pistol. It's near perfect as is in my opinion.
    I carry one that is basically box stock but, only with Ivory grips.

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    I carry a light weight commander, series 80. Bought it used and I have had some work done on it. A trigger job (it wasn't bad but now it's great), polished feed ramp, replaced the worn mag release, fitted two Wilson 8rd mags along with the MecGar that came with it, installed a beavertail grip safety, and just made a few sets of custom grips for it. One of these days I need to get it refinished. Meanwhile I still carry it and shoot it every few weeks. It feeds ball without a hitch, is a little finiky about some hollow points and I've just got some Federal EFMJ to try out for reliability.

    I find I actually shoot a commander size better than a full size. The gun and I are just a really good match I guess. I carry in an IWB that works very well for me and with no discomfort at all. All day carry is no problem.
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    For that price buy it ..

    I have a xse and a combat commander i prefer to use Wilson 47d's






    i put a set of hogues on mine a love um been packing the commander not the xse yet only thing i found i didnt like is the duck bill or butt grip safety is share and wide and pokes me in the side ill have to fix that

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    I love mine! Really don't have any con's about the gun at all. I have been concerned about capacity latley though, but that is a personal observation. Here's a pic of my "Custom" Colt Combat Commander, Great 1911, my favorite of the one's I have.

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    Don't know what happed there, it should work this time.


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    pics don't work TI

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    That's not a bad price.
    They make for very nice carry guns.
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    the Series 70 typically has a better trigger pull than the Series 80.
    You hear that a lot, I don't find any truth to it.
    I have a few examples of both Series 80s and pre-Series 70s, the stock factory triggers are just as good as the earlier models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridge Runner
    (unless someone knows why I should - then I would want to know!!!)
    yup....this is exactly why i asked you for clarification.

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    kobracarry.jpg

    This is my carry commander, an Ed Brwon Kobra Karry. I've been very happy with it ... once I got the rear sight where it needed to be. It rides in a Milt Sparks Versa Max II very comfortably.
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    Sorry all for that miserable picture. I'll have to get a good one soon.
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