Safety is first when handling any firearm, everything else is secondary. Always follow these basic rules:
1. ALWAYS treat all guns as if they are loaded.
2. ALWAYS never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. ALWAYS be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Colt XSE Series Combat Commander
Action: Single Action
Barrel: Length 4 1/4″
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 8 + 1
Frame: Finish Brushed Stainless Steel
Frame: Material Stainless Steel
Front Sight: White Dot Carry
Grip Safety: Beavertail
Grips: Double Diamond Rosewood
Overall Length: 7 3/4″
Rear Sight: White Dot Carry
Thumb Safety: Extended Ambidextrous
Trigger Aluminum: 3 Hole
Price (2010): $800+
If you are looking for a reliable self-defense pistol in a great stopping power caliber, that is pleasant to shoot and handle then look no further. The Colt XSE Series Combat Commander has it all. There are many fine pistols produced by great manufacturers, but today I’ll talk about the legendary Colt Commander model.
I truly believe that pistol selection is a very personal matter. Try handling and shooting as many handguns as you can find and get the ones that fit your needs and shooting preferences best.
I picked the Colt Combat Commander model because it feels natural in my medium-sized hands, making handling and shot placement easy, even with one hand. It is a well built and nicely finished pistol… you get what you pay for. The new gun was pretty tight, but after about 200 rounds it loosened up and became just right. I didn’t find absence of a front strap checkering a problem, probably because of a “shark skin” finish on a handle. The trigger had a little travel, which I learned is quite common for a carry gun, and had a pull about 5-6 pounds. It requires little effort to make a shot, compared to let’s say new Glock’s trigger.
Disassembly of the pistol is straight forward, but assembly had a small challenge, and that was the insertion of the slide stop without scratching the frame. No, I didn’t manage it without a scratch, but what carry gun does not have them? There is a few step safety check in the manual, that is really worth to go through after each cleaning. Knowing the design helps one trust one’s weapon more.
I use a GALCO STO 266 holster for carrying my pistol and couldn’t say anything bad about it, even after long hikes in mountains. It feels right and comfortable, considering the weight of the gun. If the weight is a concern, there is a lightweight version of the Colt Commander… Any decent belt would do but a wider and thicker one will fit perfectly into GALCO holster’s nylon clip.
This gun handles the power of the .45 caliber with excellence, making recoil very manageable and easy to control. A good and correct grip is essential. I found Todd Jerrett’s online grip and shooting tips very useful, just search for “todd jerrett grip” on google. The pistol delivers rounds to the point of aim at closer ranges (5-15 yards), making one big hole on a target, but it is quite capable at longer distances as well, if a shooter does his part. By no means it is a target gun though.
I would recommend the Colt Combat Commander model to any shooting enthusiast who is looking for a 1911 model. It is a nice and reliable pistol with a proven record that is 100% made in the US. For those who would like to continue their research or learn more facts please visit the http://m1911.org/ website.