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Thread: Colt Combat Elite review in our E-zine

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    Colt Combat Elite review in our E-zine

    Please use this thread to discuss the reintroduction of Colt Combat Elite, as published in our E-zine.

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    Hunter nice review. What were your thoughts on the TS? It looks like yours had the same one as mine does. I have seen others with a different one.

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    TS?

    I wish you guys would write English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon
    TS?

    I wish you guys would write English.

    The thumb safety......

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    Nice reviews, well done.

    Both good(smart) pistols for Colt to market/sell IMO. Makes them 'competitive' with other producers of "loaded" type 1911's.

    I do wish they would eliminate the front serrations, or have the option of not having them at least. They can always be added...but not removed.

    Traditional rear, straight serrations "is" Colt.

    Nice accuracy on the Elite with certain loads, and not bad on the others.

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    Thankls for the kind words y'all.
    I liked the thumb safety on the CE. I had no trouble with it and purchase was good.

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    I have been looking forward to this review for a number of reasons.

    Colt has been coming out with some new pistols, geared more toward the CCW market. I was curious what direction they would take. I wanted to see how they would position it against other guns already out there. And like Hunter, I was curious what the injection of CNC machinery would do to our hand-tooled beloveds.

    I am impressed with the results. Fit and finish appear very good to excellent. The ranger-style grip checkering with the Colt logo is a nice touch. Rollmarks are cleanly done. All in all a gun worthy of the Colt name.

    The slide/dust cover wear seems to be a common issue. I hope Colt's QA group is taking note of this and tweaking the CNC specs just a little to eliminate this.

    I agree with auto45 about the serrations. I can live with the forward serrations, but I would have liked to see the traditional Colt verticals. If for no other reason than to distinguish the gun visually from the Springfield Loaded model.

    The comment was made about accuracy. Looking at the chart it looks like an average of 2" across all the loads tested. For a service gun that's just fine with me. I'll give up 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of accuracy versus some of the higher end custom guns in exchange for increased reliability.

    A final comment on reliability.

    I ran another 200 rounds through the Combat Elite with no issues with the pistol. As a matter of fact, the only trouble I had was after the review I wanted to teach my mom how to clear a misfeed. I intentionally mixed a spent case in the magazine hoping to induce a failure. I would then be able to show her how to clear it. Instead, I had to show her how to clear a dud round, as the Colt always fed the spent case.
    The M1911 was designed and built to win wars and fight evil doers. It will celebrate its centennial in just a little over 15 months from the time I am writing this. Colt has been making them since that first day. They know what it takes to build the best 1911 out there.

    The next time someone tells me their Limited Edition Tactical Ultra megablaster from Wannabe Firearms Company won't run right, I'm going to direct them to this review.
    "The 1911 was the design, given by God to us through John M. Browning, that represents the epitome of what a killing tool needs to be. It was true in 1911 and it's true now." - Col. Robert Coates commanding, U.S. Marine Corp Special Operations Command Detachment 1 (DET 1)
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    Thanks Garrett.
    The Colt may very well be more accurate out of a machine rest but I felt I got close shooting the pistol prone resting in a bench rest to my shooting abilities.
    I consider myself an average shooter and usually place in the upper 40% of the pistol matches I shoot so I would consider the accuracy test showing about what the average shooter can do without a mechanical rest.
    I did talk to Rich about the spring tunnel rubbing. I did direct Colt to the thread going on here and he told me they were going to correct this.
    For what it's worth it seems the Combat Elites that had the problem were in the minority.
    One thing I cannot say enough was how well these sights worked for me and just how reliable this pistol was.

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    Did I read correctly that the mainspring housing is plastic??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueSkyJaunte
    Did I read correctly that the mainspring housing is plastic??
    I believe it is a type of nylon, same as the 1991.

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