The Combat Elite
My Combat Elite was purchased at a gun show for $600 a few years back. It has been modified a bit since then, with an Ed Brown grip safety and thumb safety, a flat mainspring housing, a McCormick trigger, and a Wilson bushing to tighten things up. It's a good, reliable shootin' gun.
Although my Combat Elite has Accro adjustable sights and an enhanced frame and slide, the Combat Elite originally appeared in the classic fixed sight vertical slide serration format. Many Colt guys prefer that version, and I can't argue. Calling an adjustable sighted gun "Combat Elite" makes one wonder if the person naming it knows combat.
At any rate, the Combat Elite remained an elusive firearm for many. Now, Hartford has re-introduced the pistol. The good news is it has a fitted beavertail and a swept back Novak style rear sight. It also has the skeletonized hammer and a three hole trigger. The neato *Combat Elite* rollmark is carried over with the blued slide and stainless frame combination.
The bad news is the slide is not polished, and the pistol has forward serrations. I guess you can't have it all. Still, word has it these pistols are selling at a street price between $800 and $900. If you have the scratch and a hankering for Colt's two toned beauty, this gun, Model O8011XSE, is not a bad rendition at all.