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Old November 7, 2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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Can anyone help me identify my Colt 1911

I picked this 1911 up a few years ago, Nicely built gun but it has what I think are series 80 serial number but it is a series 70 internal can anyone help me with this? It is a combat Cmdr.80BS3086#, I appreciate any assistance with this

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Old November 7, 2012, 12:17 AM   #2
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There were no series 70 combat commanders. That explains what it might be a series 80 SN, but that wouldn't change anything anyways. The series 70 guns had a factory collet bushing, so even if made in the 1970s, it is not a real "series 70" gun.
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Old November 7, 2012, 12:22 AM   #3
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Yes, and a clip is not a magazine, either.
Little as I like it, "Series 70" has come to be generic for "lacking a firing pin obstruction."

To answer the OQ, there was some overlap, there are guns with 80 serial number prefixes that lack the superfluous parts.
Obvious, he has one.

I don't know how many or for how long, though.
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Old November 7, 2012, 12:41 AM   #4
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I was hoping someone could identify it by the serial number, so I would know that the lower was Built as a commander, I will say this is mostly a parts gun, mostly Wilson, the slide has a hard chrome finish and the frame is alloy.
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Old November 7, 2012, 02:08 AM   #5
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Pictures would be nice... They would help even more since you say this is a parts gun.
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Old November 7, 2012, 10:04 AM   #6
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Colt Combat Commander (1970+)

Chambering: 9x19 mm Parabellum, .45 ACP, .38 Super.
Barrel Length: 4.25-inch.
Overall Length: 7.75-inch.
Weight: 36 oz. / 2.25 lb. (1.02 kg.)[Steel model]. 37 oz.
2.31 lb (1.05 kg.)[Stainless Steel model]

Finish: Available in Blued and Nickel-Plated steel or
stainless steel.
Features: All-steel construction (frame and slide).
So your gun is NOT a complete Colt.
The Frame is NOT from a Combat Commander.

And technically it's NOT a 1911.
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Old November 7, 2012, 10:11 AM   #7
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I too have a combat commander with the same 80BS#### serial number. It's a pre-Series 80 and is constructed like a series 70.
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