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I recently bought a Colt Combat Commander (XSE) and had $500.00 worth of custom work done to it. It needs more work to get it where I want it, and I told some of you that next time I will buy a Wilson instead. Well today I went to try out my customized Colt and saw a used Colt Combat Commander (XE) on consignment. It was identical to my Commander except it was an MK IV Series 80 (XE), and it had some extensive custom Work performed on it by Wilson! and the Price was $799.00. I think I got a good deal.

Here is a laundry list of it's features...
1. Slide to frame fit was tightened. There is no play at all, but it has a smooth action.
2. The ejection port was lowered and flared.
3. The slide top was flattened, and it looks good!
4. Wilson nite sights installed.
5. Match grade Wilson barrel and bushing installed. This gun is accurate!
6. Wilson grip safety.
7. Wilson Ambidextrous thumb safety.
8. Wilson bullet proof slide stop.
9. Over size magazine release.
10. 30 LPI on the front strap and main housing spring.
11. Mag well flared
12. No MIM parts. It's all steel.
13. A different hammer.
14. A different trigger with 3 holes in it.
15. Obvious trigger job (I never knew a trigger could be so smooth

16. Everything on the inside has been polished, from the feed ramp to the trigger.
17. The gun has Wilson wooden grips with the Wilson logo.
18. No sharp edges (a carry bevel job).
19. The gun is also etched "Wilson Combat" on the frame.
20. It came with 2 8rd Wilson mags (47D).
21. Wilson tote bag.
22. Stainless steel was polished and or sand blasted (Weapon looks like new).

The only thing I don't like is the shok-buffer, and I can remove that. This Colt/Wilson puts my first Colt Commander to shame, and I have $1,400.00 tied up in my first one. Now I understand much better what all the Wilson talk is about.

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[This message has been edited by Hero45 (edited 11-11-2001).]
 

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Only thing to do now is take it out and shoot it. If it shootes great then it's worth $800,000.

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HELL,I just paid $1400 for a used WILSON. I'm happy it's my money and that's what counts..........so do what ya gotta do....
 

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So, if I understand you right, you have $2200 tied up in your two guns. I suspect that by the time you add up all the prices on the Wilson work, plus what you know yo've spent on the first gun, you will find that you are into your two guns pretty right.
 

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Originally posted by col132:
So, if I understand you right, you have $2200 tied up in your two guns. I suspect that by the time you add up all the prices on the Wilson work, plus what you know yo've spent on the first gun, you will find that you are into your two guns pretty right.
Col132:
Somehow when you say it, some of the excitement is gone. I'm learning that you get what you pay for...is that bad or are you pulling my leg?

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I can't speak for col132, but it sounds as if you do have two very nice pistols that you are very happy with. In the end, that is all that counts. You do get what you pay for, and I think that you should be quite happy with your two guns for what you have in them.

There are virtually no limits on how much one can spend on a custom/customized gun. When you feel that you have not received adequate emotional, material, or financial value for your money, then you may second guess your decisions. If you are happy and have a quality firearm, then enjoy it. Sounds to me like you do have two very nice pistols for your money.
 

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I sounds like you have two very nice pistols.
Yes, you could have bought the Wilson, but I like the idea of having two instead of one.

Bottom line, if you like them, then don't sweat it.
 

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You got a good gun with your first purchase, although not a great bargain, and a VERY good gun and a GREAT deal on your second. You're doing great. Wish I could find a deal like your second!
 

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The Commander sized Colts are the best size for my use anyway and if you're happy with your new Colt, then alls well with the world.

Congratulations on your new 1911...7th

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Thanks for your replies everyone. Since I now have a pair of Commanders, and a Kimber Pro Eclipse, I'm getting rid of my Glock 30 as my CCW weapon. Although my G30 is a real work horse and a great shooter, it was always a little fat and the grip was a little short for a full 3 finger grip. I could put my G30 in the safe, but I probably won't shoot it. Hmmm........

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