I purchased a Colt combat commander xse and picked the pistol up 9/3/13
COLT COMBAT COMMANDER XSE SPECS.
The combat commander is an all stainless steel frame and receiver model that comes from the factory with the new colt style throated 4.25 inch barrel,aluminum 3 hole trigger w/travel stop adj.,enhanced hammer,front and rear receiver serrations,extended ambidextrous safety lock,lowered and flared ejection port,colt upswept beavertail saftey grip w/palm swell,full length guide rod,Novak sights,rosewood double diamond grips,and enhanced cut under the trigger guard allows for a higher secure grip on the pistol. The pistol also came with 2 colt 8 round magazines and weighs in at 33.5 oz.
Since picking up the pistol 9 days ago I have had it out 3 evenings shooting.
The first night shooting 10 and 15 yds,I only had enough time to shoot 75 rounds through the pistol. I shot a variety of ammunition JHP,round ball,and semi wad cutters,everything I ran through the pistol functioned flawlessly,and the pistol really showed signs of excellent accuracy.
The second evening out I had more time,I was able to shoot a 100 rounds through the pistol,before the mosquitos,horseflies,and 97 degree humid weather drove me back inside.
My first 2 magazines at 15 yds were pretty good,again the pistol showing good accuracy potential. Half way through the second box of ammo the pistol started feeling different? The magazines started sliding in the pistol smoother,the mag release began to operate easier(smoother),the hammer cocked back easier(smoother),the excellent trigger out of the box just became smoother,it seemed like the pistol began breaking in.
Tonight mild temps and not as many bugs
The pistol again shot flawlessly,I ran a 100 rounds through the Colt 1911 before the sun began setting. I shot from 10,15,and 20 yds the pistol is an absolute delight to shoot,it seems to be breaking in nicely,it has been very accurate and completely reliable without a single ftf or fte.
I like everything that Colt offered in the Combat Commander xse package,it seems like a very reliable and accurate pistol that should give many years of enjoyable shooting and service.
The only thing i'm slightly on the fence about this pistol is the extended ambidextrous safety,I have large-xlarge const. hands and the extended safety seems to ride on my trigger finger knuckle in the fire position? It could be i'm getting a higher grip from the under cut trigger guard?
Would I suggest this pistol to a friend or purchase the same pistol again? In a heartbeat!!