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Old 10-05-2006, 01:08 PM   #1
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Colt Commando Special

I just bought a colt commando special revolver Cal.38 special. All i know about this model is they were made 1982-1986.It is in very good condition. Has a dull blue finish. I payed $265 for it is that a fair price? Any info about this gun is appreciated. Fenderman
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As I recall, it was the steel-frame version of the Colt Agent, which, in turn, was a variation on the Colt Cobra, with a shorter grip frame. It's been over two decades since I've seen one but I believe it had a parkerized finish, like its WWII namesake (which was a version of the Official Police revolver).
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+Colt Commando Special, .38spc, 1984-1986. Parkerized finish, 2" baRREL, steel frame, rubber grips, shrouded ejector rod, 50% $165, 95% $265. 26th edition of Blue book of Gun Values.
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From what I've seen lately, that's a good price for ANY Colt D-frame in working condition. You did good, and I am envious.
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The Commando Special was one of a series of Colt revolvers made during the big Colt strike of the mid-80's.

With most of their experienced workers out, Colt simply didn't have enough people to polish all the models, so they put the better people on the premium guns like the Python and 1911, and brought out unpolished "Budget" models of some guns.

These were simply standard models with an unpolished parkerized or bead blasted blue finish.

The models were:
The Peacekeeper, an unpolished Trooper Mark V.
The Commando Special version of the Detective Special.

And unpolished Cobra and Agent versions.
For unexplained reasons, Colt didn't assign new names to the unpolished Cobra and Agent models.

The guns were excellent buys, since the basic gun was built to the same standards, and the only change was the exterior finish.
However, customers preferred the bright polished models, and as soon as the strike was over the unpolished guns were dropped.
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I bet those old unpolished guns are worth more than Polished Models of the same period, now.
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Thanks for all the info guys.Anyone know if houge or pachmayr make some rubber grips for it? I see some that say Colt D-Frames post 1971.Would these fit my commando special.
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Thanks for all the info guys.Anyone know if houge or pachmayr make some rubber grips for it? I see some that say Colt D-Frames post 1971.Would these fit my commando special.
Yes on both counts. I prefer the Hogue originally designed for the short-lived Colt Magnum Carry. (Yes, it fit just fine on my post-71 Detective Special.)
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Hello Colt lovers, I have a 1983 Colt 38 Commando Special, trying to put on a Hogue 48000 grip. I try everything to get those 2 little pins at the bottom of the revolver off. Hogue said put it in a vice to get them out, but they won't budge. They also said I can hammer it out, but I don't want to mess my revolver up. Any help I will take, Thanks.
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There should be only ONE pin on the very bottom of the frame at the rear.

Here's a schematic. The frame pin is part number 51.
Click on the picture and it's expand.

https://www.gunpartscorp.com/gun-man...ective-special

Most of the Hogue grips have slots inside to pass the frame pin so the grip can just be slid up on the frame.
If not.........

If you need to get the pin out, get a small block of wood and drill a hole through it to pass the pin and put a sheet of brass, copper, or aluminum on the other side to protect the finish of the frame and put it in a bigger vise.
Tighten the vise and the pin will be pushed out far enough so you can use a bigger pin punch to drive it the rest of the way.

If you don't have a big enough vise, get a block of wood and drill a hole larger then the pin through it.
Put the gun's grip from on the block with the pin in the hole.
Get a section of brass or aluminum BAR STOCK or LARGE diameter brass or aluminum stock at a hardware store.

Get a piece about 6 inches long.
Use a LARGER hammer and the bar stock to drive the pin out until it's level on the top side, then use a larger pin punch to drive it the rest of the way.

If needed get a buddy to help hold things to do either of these methods.
If the gun moves or bounces when struck, this dissipates the force and the pin will be very resistant.
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Hello Colt lovers, I have a 1983 Colt 38 Commando Special, trying to put on a Hogue 48000 grip. I try everything to get those 2 little pins at the bottom of the revolver off. Hogue said put it in a vice to get them out, but they won't budge. They also said I can hammer it out, but I don't want to mess my revolver up. Any help I will take, Thanks.
This is EXACTLY why I don't like Hogue grips. I messed around with their goofy mount system back in the '80s and decided it was NOT a good idea.
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