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A friend of mine told me about a NIB 70's vintage combat commander for sale at his LGS. Is it worth trading a Kimber PRO CDP ll for this gun?
 

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What condition are each of the guns in? And how well does each work?
If both were in equal state of wear and both worked as they were supposed to I would keep the Kimber.
 

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I have a Kimber and love it. That being said, I would trade if I were you. You can easily pick up another CDP. Finding a NIB Combat Commander... not as easy.
 

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Depends. If you are a collector great. If you are looking for something to shoot, after the first round it is no longer NIB and worth less.

Having said that I would still trade, but just wanted to point that out.
 

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There are Commanders without the FPS. That is probably why they called it a Series 70. Makes me a little nervous to trade with someone that doesn't know what they have. Do you have experience shooting a Colt without all the goodies that Kimber already has? If not you might not like it, and end up spending a bunch of money for modifications. I don't see any cost benefit.
 

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My Commanders Sn# starts 70SC. According to Colt it was manufactured in 1972. It was built during the 70 series run.
 

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The early production Kimbers were well made and desired by afficianos, later production to meet demand resulted in forfeit of quality. An early production is a keeper
 

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Any 1911 from 70s with "70" in the Serial number I consider a Series 70.
And I do own a Series 70 Combat Commander in Satin Nickel.
Does it have the Collet Barrel Bushing and the Accurizer Barrel?

Those 2 features are what makes a Colt Series 70.
 

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Not a big deal. Series 70 is really becoming a generic term. Often you hear the older Commanders referred to a pre 80 Series. Commanders never had a collet or accurizer barrel bushing although I seem to remember Barstow made an aftermarket barrel that had such a bushing with 3 fingers for the Commander as opposed to the 4 Colt put on the ones in its Govs and Gold Cups back then.

A 72 would look pretty close to an 82 I have, although it should have sand blasted grips with silver meds as I recall if NIB. Also the 82 has a S/N that starts with 80BS. In 1983 Colt introduced the Series 80 mechanical firing pin block but they didn't flip a big switch and do it on Jan 1st so pre 80 Series were made that year also.

 

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Does it have the Collet Barrel Bushing and the Accurizer Barrel?

Those 2 features are what makes a Colt Series 70.
If I recall right, the Commander never had the collet bushing. The word I got was that the collet bushing was to long for use in the short slide. I'm sure I will be corrected if I'm wrong.
 
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