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Old June 13, 2019, 10:33 PM   #26
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Bar-Sto made collet bushings for their Commander barrels, so there are Commanders with collets, just not from Colt.
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Old June 13, 2019, 11:01 PM   #27
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I think one cause of collet breakage was horsing the bushing around with a wrench and not retracting the slide to let the fingers relax. That and yanking the bushing off the barrel.
Mr Stone said the latter was why he quit offering Barsto Commander collet barrels.
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Old June 14, 2019, 01:43 PM   #28
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The version I read said Colt found the collet bushings didn't work that well on the Commander.
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Old June 14, 2019, 05:27 PM   #29
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Sarge, that is a clean example. I bought a new "Satin Chrome" Combat Commander in .38 Super back in the early '70s. Definitely regular nickel over a coarse surface prep. The later electroless nickel versions had a much finer finish. Had a Government Model with the electroless finish, much different. As already mentioned, though BarSto did produce Commander barrels early on with with collet bushings, the Commanders did not have factory installed collet bushings.

Take care of that one. I occasionally ran across "SC" Commanders out on the street or in the property and evidence room, etc. and would have to agree with Jim Watson that Commanders with that finish show every little scuff, scratch, wear, and lack of maintenance more than any finish I'm aware of.
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Old June 14, 2019, 10:03 PM   #30
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Had one similar -- A Bobby Shipley special -- basically that gun with high polish flats and gold cup fire control group. Man I am sad I sold that...
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Old June 15, 2019, 08:24 AM   #31
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I have a 70 series mark IV came with the collet bushing , the barrel OD at the muzzel down about one half inch is slightly larger , the commander wasn't set up for the collet bushing . You could rack the slide nuch easier . Both are great pistols .
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Old June 15, 2019, 07:49 PM   #32
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I have one of the Combat Commanders in satin nickel and it is a great shooter. One of my all time favorites.
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Old June 16, 2019, 09:14 AM   #33
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Handsome pistol, congrats
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Old June 17, 2019, 09:56 AM   #34
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Cool Colt satin, i have been looking for one for a long time now, checked GB for quite sometime but haven't been so lucky.
I was stunned to find one in this condition for a price that I could afford. I wish the box had still existed but if it had it would have probably been out of my reach.
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Old Yesterday, 12:13 PM   #35
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Yea! Got my Colt back from my buddy. As usual, he did a masterful job. The trigger is now excellent (but really not better than my ATI)

One thing I noticed after yesterdays trials. After about forty rounds or so, accuracy began to drop off of bit. This could easily be operator error but I didn't seem to get the same with my ATI.

Am I glad I found it, you betcha. I suspect it will see a lot more safe time than my ATI. Mostly this would be because the more I use the Colt the more likely I will damage the finish and decrease the value.
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One other thing. For some reason the Colt hates Federal Aluminum and groups open way up. Not so much with the ATI. Both are equally accurate with standard ammo and my favorite carry round from PPU.
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For some reason the Colt hates Federal Aluminum and groups open way up.
The type of ammunition used in terms of accuracy shouldn't change much over time. Other factors (shooter fatigue, increased fouling, etc.) would seem to me to be much more relevant if accuracy is "dropping off" or if groups begin opening "way up."
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