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Can any one give me some info on a Colt Commando two inch barrel,parkerized finish black grips rubber Cal 38 spl.Looks like a Detective Special,only barrel market Commando Spec.Are they a special run from colt?

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The Commando Special was a limited time offering from Colt.

During the big Colt strike of the mid-1980's, Colt didn't have enough polishers still working to do the amount of work needed.

So, they introduced a series of Colt revolvers with unpolished black finishes, and had the available polishers concentrate on the premium guns like the Python, and the easier to polish 1911 autos.

These were nothing more than standard guns, only unpolished and with flat black parkerized finishes.

There was a "Peacekeeper" which was an unpolished Trooper Mark V, an unpolished Detective Special known as the "Commando Special" and an unpolished Cobra and Agent.

For unknown reasons, Colt didn't assign special names to the unpolished Agent and Cobra versions.

The Commando Special was only made from 1984 to 1986.

The buying public didn't care for these unpolished guns, so as soon as the strike ended they were dropped.

Internally, the guns were the same quality as the polished guns.
 

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Thanks again for your help.Any collector value in these guns,Found one like new in the box and was thinking of buying 500 CDN,Would go along with my Combat Python which I never sold.

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Right now, no. Years from now, possibly due to the low production.

I'm not up on Canadian dollars, but $500 sounds WAY high.
A Commando Special typically would run about $50 less than a standard blue Detective Special.

Right now, the Commando is a shooter.
 

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The exchange rate has the revolver priced at $427 US dollars. That is too much to pay for a rather undesirable gun. I'd go $250...$300 tops.
 

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There is no way someone is going to sell a LNIB Commando Special for $250 to $300. Unless of course they are desperate for money, totally uninformed, or the gun is hot. When was the last time anyone saw one of these at any price?

I agree that $500 is too high but not way high. I'll buy every LNIB I can at $250 to $300, which I feel is way low. The quality of these guns looks to be poor based on the outward appearance. But they are nothing more than ugly Detective Special. They were cutting every possible corner in production to produce an inexpensive snub. They even neglected to stamp the rampant Pony on the side plate.

Although there may not (right now) be a high degree of collector appeal for this particular gun at some point in time it will become more sought after. I certainly would never call it undesirable. The basic formula for production guns being: Colt + Low Numbers Produced = Collectable.

I believe they are fairly valued between $375 to $425 in LNIB condition. Maybe even a little higher in those states (like MA & CA) where the gun has to already be registered in that state.
 
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