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Do I have a Colt, a Wilson, or a Colson?
Today I purchased a used Colt Combat Commander (XE) Series 80 that was completely rebuilt by Wilson, with Wilson parts. The only thing that's origionally Colt is the frame and slide, and they must have been tightened (very tight tolerances). Everything else is Wilson. Even the grips are Wilson and the frame is etched "Wilson Combat". I know that Wilson does not make their own frames. In fact, Wilson gets their frames and slides from a company owned by Kimber, but are made to tighter tolerances than Kimbers. So my question remains....technically, what do I have?

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Given that the Frame is considered the firearm, legally, you have a Colt (albeit heavily reworked by Wilson). Practically, its a Wilson - with a Colt slide & frame.

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Before Wilson started sourcing frames (meaning they put a Wilson Combat serial # on the frames) they used to do extensive work on customer supplied pistols (actually, I believe they will still do this work).

So, you could buy a stock Colt or Springfield and send it to Wilson Combat. They would build it into a complete Wilson gun and stamp their name on it. So basically, you have what should be equivalent to a brand new Wilson Combat, but your frame and slide were originally Colt and not Wilson. That should be the only difference.
 

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It's the best of both worlds: a 1911 that has the history of being a genuine Colt, but that will run like a thoroughbred Wilson. Enjoy your new pistol!

Chuck
 
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