New "OLD" Commander

This is a discussion on New "OLD" Commander within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I found this little gem this past friday night......... I took it home, in hopes it would multiply..LOL It's a PRE-70 Series Commander...........S/N range 23536LW......which ...

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    New "OLD" Commander UPDATED!

    I found this little gem this past friday night.........
    I took it home, in hopes it would multiply..LOL
    It's a PRE-70 Series Commander...........S/N range 23536LW......which makes it to be in the vicinity of 1950-55 (I think)
    As you can see.......it has a LOT of "charactor" and is showing holster and age wear........I find this to be more of historic value and I'll NEVER give it the refinish treatment.. It's extreamly tight, slick ans smooth in the trigger, slide, and metal fit.. I also have the Original Colt girps for the era, that came with the gun..the mag and the gun are UNALTERERED in every way... not bad for $369.50 (with my discount)
    I can't wait to shoot it, as it's tight a a bull's behind..

    OK... Here's the grips I got with the gun! IVORY I took
    pix of both front and back panels.they have a shield on one side.and a shield with 3 books with the verse "VE RI TAS" on the other panel. NOW.checking around... I find Harvard University utilized this very shield and inscription.. and used it in Harvard Magazine since 1913..

    http://www.harvardmagazine.com/on-line/050463.html

    One can only imagine where this gun has been, and who has had possession of it for all these years..(It came from an owner in Massachusetts) Take a look at the grips and you might get a better picture of it's history. Also.. Look at the original bluing on the grip frame under the panels, as they probable have not been off the gun in decades, and was carried all the time.
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    Very nice!

    Enjoy!!
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    Thumbs up Classic Gun

    Holy smokes...CLASS3 - Do you know how much & how long you have to carry a Colt to put that much honest carry and holster wear on it?
    Quite a bit.
    That firearm has a long and steady carry history.
    I'd have bought that one in a heartbeat.
    Yes Sir...very nice.
    I would have not been able to leave that one sitting on the shelf.
    Congrats...nice gun. I love every scratch on it.
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    ...the stories that bad boy can tell if he could talk!
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    Some folks have all the luck ! nice find !
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    Just call me a pessimistic optimist !

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    One other thing I forgot to mention.............IVORY GRIPS came with the gun.......yessss... Eelphant Ivory.........<ducking and running now>
    I'll post pix of it with the ivory
    When I took the grips off..........I noticed the royal blue finish under the grips.............. kinda struck me by surprise.. What I think happened.......is the gun was carried a very long time, the Ivory grips placed on the gun and carried..........and carried and carried ...
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    Living wayyyyyyy up north in New Hampshire and Maine does have its merits...
    " Refuse to be a victim, make sure there is a round chambered ! "

    Just call me a pessimistic optimist !

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    Great white Hunter QKShooter MUST SEE picture of old Colt Ivory Grips.

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    Ya know, maybe we could switch jobs for a few months. Yours seems to be a magnet for good finds at great prices!

    I'll second QKShooters motion, let's see those grips.......please.
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    lets see the grips ..Im sure the commander has some stories to tell with the finish wore like that must have been carried every day for 20-30 years

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    Great find and great buy!!! I also want to see those grips.

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    Nice (As usual!)
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    congrats great find .
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    Bob gets sneaky (again!) - nice find indeed and wow - that thing oozes history!!

    It's about the same age as my Sistema but for sure is bound to have a very interesting provinence.

    Good score Bob.
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    Is there any way you can find out about the history of that gun?

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