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Was the Colt Combat Elite made for one year only?

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I have a friend who has one in .45ACP and he wants to sell it to me. He's telling me that it was only made in 1990. His price is $900.00.

While it's a beautiful gun in 98% or so condition with about 100 rounds fired through it, the book values that I've been able to find on this handgun say $500.00 and don't say anything about it being a limited one year run.

I guess what I'm asking is, is the price right and was it a limited edition run.

Thank you

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The first 1911 I owned was a Combat Elite. The pistol was reliable and very accurate. It had a great trigger from the factory as well.

I'm not sure if they received any special attention (probably not) but mine was excellent. Around here they aren't seen very often and are usually overpriced for their condition. I believe they were priced about $75 or $100 higher than a standard Series 80 Government at the time.

The following may be more than you want to know but is based on my Colt catalogs:

1986 - Listed as the "New Combat Elite" w/ Hi Profile 3 Dot sights, Extended Grip Safety, Beveled Magazine Well, Lowered "Positive" ejection port, Stainless receiver with slide and working internal parts in Carbon steel, Rubber Checkered Wraparound Grips with gold Colt Medallion (appear to be Pachmayr with thumbledge) and a "Spur" hammer

1988 - changed to new "Pebbled" black neoprene wraparound grips

1990 - changed hammer to a rounded "Commander" style (don't have a 1989 catalog so it may have changed in '89)

1992 - changed to the new enhanced "Flattop" slide, sights changed from 3 dot to "Accro" adjustable, hammer was a "skeletonized" Commander, drop-in grip safety was added, and .38 Super caliber was offered.

'92 was my last catalog so I don't know when they were dropped.

They are always shown with the Gold Cup pistols on the "competition pistols" page. Don't know if it was just for marketing or if they actually were fit and accurized better...
 

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That's difficult to say - I paid $500 for mine about 10 years ago when they were about $500-550 new. I've only seen used ones at the shows, and most are modified or in conditions I'd consider average or below. Right now, Colt prices are overinflated around here IMO, but I've seen the above mentioned quality for $650 - $900 depending on whose table it is.

I've been hoping to find a new or mint Combat Elite, but wouldn't be willing to pay more than $600 for a mint one. That would be based on what "I feel" the pistol is worth - for emotional reasons only.

I'm a shooter, not a collector, and at $600 or above, you get into newer pistols with a lot more features (if you're looking for a shooter). If you're wanting a Colt that has the name and history behind it, they're a pretty neat pistol, keeping in mind they are functionally a "stock" Series 80 Gov't.

I ended up modifying mine as I got into competition with beavertail, solid bushing etc., so I'd like to find a box stock one someday


Russel - that blue and stainless combo was what drew me into 1911's - it was a great lookin pistol early on.

JSP
 
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