I just picked up a Colt Delta Elite 10mm today. The gun appears to be in excellent shape, however, I've read there was some problems with the slide cracking on the earlier guns. How can I tell if this is is affected? The SSN is DS14xxx.
The Delta Elite developed an unenviable reputation for developing frame cracks, and generally being fragile. This was unfortunate, since Colt found and cured the design defect that caused the frame cracks very early on in the guns' production. Their solution was rather ingenious: they simply milled away the part of the frame that tended to crack! This problem aside, the Delta Elite is in fact a strong gun, with the frame and slide being made of high-quality forged steels.