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NewGlocker28
01-22-2011, 21:31
Hey guys. Thinking of purchasing my first 1911 sometime this year and still doing my research and trying to learn about them. Anyone have any thoughts on the Colt XSE series? How do they differ from the Model 70 and Model 80s series?

Thoughts on Colt vs SA, Kimber, STI?

Thanks.

OrangeDonkey
01-22-2011, 21:46
How much are you willing to spend? What features are you looking for?

CAcop
01-22-2011, 21:48
As far as I am concerned they are in the same class as Springfield Loadeds, Kimber base models, and similar.

The XSE pistols are series 80 and have the firing pin safety. The series 70s do not have the firing pin safety parts.

I like mine and I am happy with it.

Agent6-3/8
01-22-2011, 23:49
They are fine pistols. I'm quite happy with my XSE Commander. The are series 80 1911's which means they have a firing pin safety. Mine is nicely fitted. Not overly light, but not loose either. Its accurate and a good shooter.

As CAcop said, they are comparable to other 1911's at the bottom of the "mid range" 1911 category. Some might complain that for the money you could get a nicer 1911 and overall I tend to agree. However, Colt makes a soild, reliable 1911.

bac1023
01-23-2011, 00:03
The XSE is a series 80 gun.


http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/000_3690.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/000_3691.jpg

Happy Hunting
01-23-2011, 00:49
I had the front edges of mine beveled and had the front cocking serrations "tamed". I also switched out the grip safety for a Wilson(didn't care for the duckbill), as well as the thumb safety(switched to tactical extended).

The performance has been flawless after about 800 rounds of WWB, Fiocchi, UMC, Wolf, Critical Defense, and Gold Dots as long as I use Wilson 47Ds. The Colt mags had some issues on the last round.

You won't be disappointed.

Nakanokalronin
01-23-2011, 05:37
Posted these pictures way to much but thats okay...

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/134/l_e0f203dabd534b82a865ef042a2023b6.jpg
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/143/l_11cfc3552ced453c8be135b5e9448234.jpg

Both of my XSE series came with a regular up swept beavertail. I think Colt is going away from the duckbill type but I'm not 100% sure. The Rail Gun was bought last year and the Combat Elite at the beginning of this year.

Accurate, 100% reliable and feels great in the hand especially with the undercut trigger guard on both models. Slide to frame fit has a little movement but thats how a 1911 is suppose to be for reliability.

Added a Nighthawk Custom magwell MSH to the Combat Elite and a S&A magwell MSH to the Rail Gun. Both guns had the 80 series system easily removed before a shot was fired. If a gun is built originally with a firing pin safety then thats fine by me, but adding that system later on is just a jerry rig way of making it acceptable in certain states. I do the same thing to Kimbers with an 80 series FP which I found out works better than the 70 FP.

silversport
01-23-2011, 06:00
it seems the Duck Bill grip safety (mine has not bothered me but for a sharp edge) is left only on the Government regular XSE...front cocking serrations...may have sharp edges (mine is 2005 newer report less likely)...may have real Novak's sights or three dot Champion knockoffs...ambi-safety on some models...nice parts...

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b72/silversport1/P1000005.jpg

Bill

Nakanokalronin
01-23-2011, 06:13
it seems the Duck Bill grip safety (mine has not bothered me but for a sharp edge) is left only on the Government regular XSE...front cocking serrations...may have sharp edges (mine is 2005 newer report less likely)...may have real Novak's sights or three dot Champion knockoffs...ambi-safety on some models...nice parts...

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b72/silversport1/P1000005.jpg

Bill

Just a note that both of mine have true Novak sites on them. Great looking piece BTW :)

silversport
01-23-2011, 06:25
thanks...mine too has a true Novak's black rear sight with a white dot front sight...thanks...

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b72/silversport1/P1000155_edited-1.jpg

...after some attention by Teddy Jacobson...(and different stocks)

Bill

G27RR
01-23-2011, 09:17
The Combat Elite is a good buy in the $900 or so price range. Mine is fitted well and reliable. Looks good, too. I have four STIs, but when I saw the Combat elite in person I was drawn to it and haven't regretted it at all.

http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n634/G27RR/ColtCombatElite800600.jpg

bac1023
01-23-2011, 09:38
Looks nice

jrs93accord
01-23-2011, 10:04
I really like my Combat Commander XSE.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea2010/003-5.jpg

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea2010/006-1.jpg

akapennypincher
01-23-2011, 12:01
The Colt XSE is a lot of bang for the buck, if they made a 9mm. Blue Steel on I would buy one!