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Old 11-14-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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Colt Combat Commander in .38 super problems

Hey everybody! Im new to this forum but i could use some help... My grandfather passed away 2 weeks ago and left me a few guns. One of which is a colt combat commander in .38 super that (after calling colt) i found out was made in 1972. The gun is in perfect shape and looks like it was hardly ever shot but when i went to chamber a round the round would not chamber! like the casing was to big. So i took it home and cleaned it again hoping it was just buildup in the chamber but the rounds still will not chamber... any ideas of what could be the problem? Also it looks like the factory mag is with it and it seems like garbage...it only holds 5 rounds and the rounds dont want to sit properly in the mag which i dont like and may cause issues in the future. This is a gun i wanted to shoot alot because quite frankly my grandfather would kick my but if i let it sit in my safe and collect dust (hes just that kinda guy). I have also thought about maybe getting a 9mm barrel for it and converting it but id like to keep it original. Would it effect the value if i did convert it?

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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Oh i just realized this should probably go under the gunsmithing section :/ sorry about that.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
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Welcome!

Any chance he was a bullseye competitor and had it converted to shoot .38 wadcutters?

The 5 round mag capacity points that way.


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Hi Pat, i think you are 100% correct! i just did some research and i think that would explain it! the mag is the same as many i am seeing in many pictures i was just very confused as every caliber marked on the gun was .38 super. any idea on the value of the firearm as it sits? i would say its about 95%
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:25 PM   #5
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wow i am an idiot... i just looked at the bottom of the mag and it says .38 spec... Pat you were right this looks like a .38 wadcutter which im still deciding is a good thing or not.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:55 PM   #6
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Its a GREAT thing! Most likely an awesome range gun for sure. Plus it was HIS.

Value would depend on who did the conversion. A Swenson Pachmeyr or Clark would bring top dollar.


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Old 11-15-2012, 08:56 AM   #7
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Welcome Alex,
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:10 AM   #8
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okay. only thing im worried about now is availibilty of ammo. i notice magtech is decently priced, anyone have issues with this ammo as i have never shot it. :) thanks gib!

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Oh and the gun is fitted with a k frame rear sight which i assume wouldnever come from the factory, so that may give us a clue as to the firearms orgin.

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:37 AM   #10
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Fitting the S&W sights was big in the 70s as Mr. Camp writes about here with his HP:

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