Found a Colt Commander, Should I buy It?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by feedsasquatch, Sep 15, 2009.

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  1. feedsasquatch

    feedsasquatch New Member

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    So, I found a 70 Series Colt Commander with a Kart Barrel selling for $850. Not that I know 1/2 of what any of that means, except that it's a really nice gun, that looks good, and feels good. It has night sights, match trigger, and a upgraded hammer. The finish looks like Blued Steel, but he said it wasn't. I don't recall what he said it was, something that's more durable than blued steel though...

    I asked why he wanted so little, and he said the fellow who owned it passed away so his wife was selling all of his weapons. There were a few other 1911's that he had, but this one caught my eye.

    So, it looks to be in very good condition, from what I can tell. And I can't find any signs of rust or abuse on it. Should I buy it?!?!
     
  2. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    It sounds like a keeper, with the upgrades done, see if you can get him down to $800, but it's still a good price @ $850. Pictures my man, pictures would really help. :)

    Jack
     

  3. feedsasquatch

    feedsasquatch New Member

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    Actually, the selling price is $895, but he'll take $850 if I pay with cash. The gun-shop guarantees their used guns too, so if I have any problems with it, I can sell it back or they can fix it for me. But honestly, since it's a Colt, I don't think I'll have too many issues with it. At least, I hope not...
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    If it's as described, I would say you found a good deal. $850 is a good price for that caliber gun in that condition.

    If it were me, and I had the cash, I would do the deal. If you don't like it, you can always resell it to Cane. :D

    JD
     
  5. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    If Cane welches and won't buy it, I would...
     
  6. feedsasquatch

    feedsasquatch New Member

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    Well, I can get the cash, I've just been waiting for the "right" 1911 to come along. I think this one just might be it. I also think $850, not $1k like a Kimber, is more in my price range. And, like you said, there's plenty of people out there that would be willing to buy it from me later if I decided that 1911's aren't for me.

    I think I'm going to get it. Now to find an ATM or two... Oh, and I should probably call and ask him to hold it in the safe, for "safe" keeping so no one else takes it:D
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    FYI, the Kart barrel is likely a match barrel. From the sounds of the pistol and the mods, it sounds like it is an excellent and well kept pistol.

    Check the condition of the barrel and how the pistol cycles. Everything should feel really smooth.

    If it seems okay and with the shops repair policy, I don't think you can go wrong.
     
  8. feedsasquatch

    feedsasquatch New Member

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    If my wife gets back from Hobby Lobby soon... I'll go back to the shop tonight and have him break down the gun for me so I can examine it for any signs of rust. If it passes visual inspection, I'll go ahead and get it:D

    Hopefully the cash advance at the bank goes through smoothly:rolleyes:
     
  9. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I wouldn't sweat the rust (if any) as long as it has not deeply pitted.

    Check to make sure the hammer does not fall with the thumb safety engaged and the trigger is squeezed (squoze?). If it falls you will need a new thumb safety fitted. Check to make sure the grip safety works properly. See if the plunger tube is firmly staked/attached.

    The Kart bbl is a very good one, and the way you describe the pistol it sounds like a decent deal.

    If you need a 1911, this one sounds like a contender to me.
     
  10. feedsasquatch

    feedsasquatch New Member

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    I already inadvertently checked the safety by pulling the trigger and forgetting to drop the safety. I have a Glock which only has a "trigger safety", so a thumb safety is new to me. So yeah, the thumb safety definitely works. I don't know about the grip one though.

    What's the plunger tube? Sorry, I'm a noob to 1911's...
     
  11. NGIB

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    It's the small tube containing the plungers and springs that work with the thumb safety and the slide release. It's between these two parts just above the grip panel. The tube itself can work loose if the gun has been mistreated or "bubba'd". If the tube appears solidly affixed - it's good to go...
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The plunger tube is on the left side of the frame. There's a spring inside that holds a pin at both ends. The one at the rear is the pin that the thumb safety engages and the one in the front is the one that the slide lock engages.

    It sits just below the slide and over the left side grip. They are pinned in and can work loose over time. It's not a big fix and don't let it stop you from buying the pistol. As I say, it's an easy fix, but it is something to check.

    We will need many pictures of this fine specimen and an accompanying range report in due time. ;)
     
  13. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Disregard...
     
  14. feedsasquatch

    feedsasquatch New Member

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    I GOT IT:D

    Give me an hour or so to get my camera out and figure out how to upload pictures to this forum again:eek:
     
  15. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Terrific! The Commander is an excellent sized pistol.
     
  16. feedsasquatch

    feedsasquatch New Member

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    I created a new thread with several pictures of my new Colt 1911 attached...
     
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