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I thought I had found something special at the gun store... At first it looked like a Gold Gup Commander, but when the guy handed it to me I saw it was an Enhanced Combat Commander. Not what I thought, but still coming home with me!:biggrin:




I couldn't believe it's condition. It's been fired very little if at all. I'm very pleased.:shades:
 

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Parson, I shot 3 mags thru it today with absolutely no issues at all. The 8 round groups were about the size of a baseball at 15 yds.
I think it's a keeper!:biggrin:
 

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Congratulations. :bravo:
 

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Very nice congrats
 

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Sweet one jack.
 

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Parson, I shot 3 mags thru it today with absolutely no issues at all. The 8 round groups were about the size of a baseball at 15 yds.
I think it's a keeper!:biggrin:
I don't know, if you'll send it down this way I'll lay hands on it for ya. Of course when I lay hands on something, I really hang on.:biglaugh:
Seriously tho it definitely sounds like a keeper.
 

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Nice gun. I've got one similar to it, that I've had for about a dozen years. It's been a fine gun, and has spent a lot of time in the holster (and being shot).
 

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Forgive what may be a stupid question, but what makes a Commander "enhanced?" Does it get its designation by post factory modifications or is it a sub-type of Commander like a CCO or Lightweight Commander?

<><Peace
 

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It would be easier to show you. ;)

Enhanced


Non-enhanced
 

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dadofsix, I'll try to explain the differences as I know them, but others here may know much more than I.

OD's picture comparison is a good starting point.
The first thing you notice is the differences in the slide. ENH has forward slanting cocking serrations and a shoulder cut 'flat top'. The slide is the same external dimension but the shoulder cut is at a tighter radius than the Non-ENH slides(if that makes sense).

There's a slight undercut under the trigger guard, a different style hammer and trigger. I don't think any of the internal parts are different.

From what I have discovered over the years is that the ENH pistols are not very popular. I venture to guess it's because of the 'flat top' slide. It's a different look. Some like it, others say it's not a traditional look.

From what I can determine, the ENH version came out just before the XS version. Then came the XSE. Sort of a progression of styling from Colt.

For a lot of folks, including myself, these styling changes were unsuccessful attempts at garnering market share. The latest incarnation, the XSE, is I believe the nicest looking of the line. I have a Government XSE and I suspect I'll get a Commander XSE when I run across one. It's hard to stop buying them!
 

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Under Cut frame .

Flattop slide

Duckbutt beavertail

those are the main changes
 

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From what I can determine, the ENH version came out just before the XS version. Then came the XSE. Sort of a progression of styling from Colt.
You're correct Jack. I was buying a lot of Colts in the late 1980s (I was also working at a friends gunshop), Colt actually dropped the round top Model O, I mean they did not make them at all, period, all they made were the "Enhanced" models. Sales did drop, as you said, because they weren't terribly popular, I know I quit buying Colts. That company policy didn't last very long before Colt brought out the M1991A1 and then slowly returned to offering more traditional styled Model Os.
 
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