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Well, it's like this .... I was going to make another payment today on the XD45 I had in layaway. I'd been thinking about it for the past couple weeks and I just wasn't convinced it was the right gun for me. I knew what I really wanted and had looked at it last time I was in the shop. When I walked in today it was still sitting there in the case so ... The XD has now been replaced with a SS Colt XSE Combat Commander! :banana: (This isn't mine but it's identical):


It's a good bit more expensive than the XD but the guy at the shop swapped 'em out free of charge so I didn't lose any money, just had to add some to it ... it'll be a bit longer before it comes home though :frown:.

I've been fairly pleased with my SA Mil-Spec as a carry weapon and I've grown comfortable with the 1911 over the last 15 years so it just made good sense to have my "other gun" in the same platform. It'll probably work out that the Commander will be the new primary and the Mil-Spec will be my outdoors "beater" or secondary in case the Commander is out of commission for some reason. I'd considered getting a second Mil-Spec and setting it up to be identical to my current primary but I've got a surgical scar on my hip and the 5" barrel is just the right length to rub it wrong every so often. I'm hoping the 4.25" barrel, along with a Max-Con V's "Sciatic flange" will put an end to that. Should also be just a tad easier to conceal OWB if I decide to go that route.

I've always had really good luck with Colt 1911s: They feel great in my hand, the stock trigger pull has always been at least "acceptable" and the series 80 parts really don't matter to me one way or the other. I've already got all the mags I need for both range work and carry so, with the exception of a holster or two, once the gun tests out okay it'll be ready for carry. I'll probably replace the std. parts (slide stop, extractor, etc) with Wilson Bulletproof and "might" swap the ambi safety out for a single side but other than that it'll be stock ... other than another set of Hakan's grips of course!

Okay, sorry for the rambling but I just HAD to share the news. I think the Commander will suit my needs MUCH better than the XD.
Jack
 

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Glad you found one that makes you happy. Sounds like you have some positive plans for it.
 

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I've always liked Colt 1911s. Had other brands that were great, but I just like having the little horse on the side (though my wallet wishes otherwise...).
Good luck with it! The only one I "need" to complete my little collection is a Commander.
 

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Whatever works Jack - always get an XD later :wink:
 

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maclean3 - Beautiful choice (& decision (IMHO...)
Besides that goes along w/ my best policy; "Get 1 of each, then eventually get rid of the not qualified's..!"

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Yep, Grab The Colt!
Great decision. There is just something about those pony pistols.
 

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Excellent choice on the XSE. I have the blue version and it is superb. The first and only thing I changed was the grip safety. The wilson drop in improved the feel and looks alot. made a huge difference. You will need the one for the commander since XSE's have a commander sized tang if you decide to go that route. The extractor is machined from bar stock steel and the slide stop is forged and do not need replacement IMO. good choice on a fine weapon. I know the wait will be painful.
 

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Congratulations Jack, excellent choice.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I'm happy with the swap out but MAN Colts have gotten expensive! List price was $917 and that's the good side of average for my area. This shop has layaway terms of 20% down and no time limit for pay-offs, so it helps.
Jack
 

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Great choice!! That's one on my to get list!!
 

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maclean3 said:
Thanks for the replies. I'm happy with the swap out but MAN Colts have gotten expensive! List price was $917 and that's the good side of average for my area. This shop has layaway terms of 20% down and no time limit for pay-offs, so it helps.
Jack
Why are Colts becoming so pricey??????????
 

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Exactly. this is only the second Commander I've seen in my area over the last several months, the other was a .38 Super - still kicking myself for not grabbing that one when I had the chance, just to add to the collection.
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Why are Colts becoming so pricey??????????
Historically, Colt's have always been pricey and demand for the most part, has always exceeded supply.

Many people who don't know any better, blather on about Colt forsaking the civilian market in favor of military contracts as part and parcel of the shortage.
What they don't say, or they don't know is, Colt has always been about military contracts first. Starting with the 1836, the Walker, the 1873, the 1911, etc.
 

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To really see some wild prices just take a look at the Colt SAA. I'd love to have one but last time I checked they were three times the price of a Ruger Vaquero. Can't really justify that since it'd be a true safe queen if I bought one, never got into CAS sports - does look like fun though!
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I've got the 1070XSE which is the Government version....
Once broken in, the pistol is hard to beat and will be worth more in the long run than the XD...
Although, I may be interested in getting one of those XD's in the future....
 

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Dimmak: How was the trigger pull on your XSE when you got it? I'm not sure if I want to have a trigger job done or not but if I do it'll get a 4 lb. short trigger with solid pad.

I'd like to get a matching Gov't. eventually, also an Officer's ACP to round out the set.
Jack
 
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