old vs new colt commander


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airbus300
February 7, 2010, 04:10 PM
I have found a mid 80s Colt Combat Commander (like new) and a new Colt Commander 1991 for about the same price. Anyone have an opinion on which is a better deal and what the differences are?
What years did the quality control at colt get a bad reputation?
thanks.

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dogtown tom
February 7, 2010, 05:09 PM
airbus300: I have found a mid 80s Colt Combat Commander (like new) and a new Colt Commander 1991 for about the same price. Anyone have an opinion on which is a better deal and what the differences are?
What years did the quality control at colt get a bad reputation?

Actually the Series '80 is the "new" Commander. The Commander in Lightweight (alloy frame) has been around since just after WWII.

Here's a good explanation of Series 70 vs Series 80 vs 1991 Colts:
http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=15201

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