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Old October 18th, 2018, 06:20 AM #1321
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love seeing your pics. you have a real talent...


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Not porn, but a good price on a new Model 66 with 4.25-inch barrel ...

https://gun.deals/merchants-deal/3222668816

$615 with 1 in stock

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I picked up these two Colt Commando revolvers this week. They each have a fair amount of finish wear but are mechanically solid...bank vault lockup, smooth trigger pulls and pristine barrels and chambers...


One didn't have its original plastic stocks but instead was wearing Pachmayr Gripper rubber stocks but I had a spare set of correct ones for it. When I removed the Packmayrs I found this stamped into the backstrap...


From documentation I've seen only limited numbers of Commandos were marked this way but often had the Ordnance Bomb acceptance mark or the inspector's initials...this has both plus the "US Property" markings....that must make it a fairly rare piece to have all three.


The other Commando has "DPD" plus an inventory or rack number on the butt which means it was a police department piece at some point in its life. I've already ordered factory letters to find out where they were sent during the war.

I've always felt the Colt Commando is a much under appreciated and undervalued wartime handgun in the market. Commandos aren't rare (about 50k were made) but they aren't nearly as common nor made anywhere near the numbers the S&W Victory revolvers were. While the S&W's were generally sent to the Brits or to American military services the Commandos were purchased for domestic police and industrial plant guard use, railroad inspectors and the like though a pretty fair number did go the the military and the OSS. I have two other Commandos and one went to a police department in Michigan and the other to the Maritime Commission for issuance to the Merchant Marine.

All four Commandos...


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I picked up these two Colt Commando revolvers this week. They each have a fair amount of finish wear but are mechanically solid...bank vault lockup, smooth trigger pulls and pristine barrels and chambers...


One didn't have its original plastic stocks but instead was wearing Pachmayr Gripper rubber stocks but I had a spare set of correct ones for it. When I removed the Packmayrs I found this stamped into the backstrap...


From documentation I've seen only limited numbers of Commandos were marked this way but often had the Ordnance Bomb acceptance mark or the inspector's initials...this has both plus the "US Property" markings....that must make it a fairly rare piece to have all three.


The other Commando has "DPD" plus an inventory or rack number on the butt which means it was a police department piece at some point in its life. I've already ordered factory letters to find out where they were sent during the war.

I've always felt the Colt Commando is a much under appreciated and undervalued wartime handgun in the market. Commandos aren't rare (about 50k were made) but they aren't nearly as common nor made anywhere near the numbers the S&W Victory revolvers were. While the S&W's were generally sent to the Brits or to American military services the Commandos were purchased for domestic police and industrial plant guard use, railroad inspectors and the like though a pretty fair number did go the the military and the OSS. I have two other Commandos and one went to a police department in Michigan and the other to the Maritime Commission for issuance to the Merchant Marine.

All four Commandos...


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Damn that’s nice!!!!! I tried to buy one about a year ago. Price was a little high and i really didn’t like the manner it was acquired so i passed
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Street value on Colt Commandos for a decent to really good specimen is in the $500-$700 range...maybe more with good provenance and excellent condition. The prices on Gunbroker and Guns International are ridiculous. I'd love to see them worth that, but as I said, I think they're undervalued in the market and I think if anyone wants a collection of American WWII firearms you need a Commando as well as a S&W Victory.
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