SOLD 1966 Colt Commercial Custom -- Bob Ballard Build from early 80's

Discussion in 'Sold/Expired Classifieds' started by Karl Beining, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. Karl Beining

    Karl Beining Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 8, 2015
    From the old gent I purchased this from "The builder was a Utahn named Bob Ballard, and he's no longer with us. As far as I know I'm the original purchaser"


    He Told me he commissioned this gun from Bob in 83 or 84, in the Combat Pistol Style that was en vogue in the day, and it was his primary gun after for 30 plus years until 45's got to be a bit much for him. Bob Ballard was mostly a regional name in custom revolvers, but judging by this piece he had 1911's pretty well figured out too. The Seamless install of the K Frame rear and the red ramp front were certainly not amateur attempts. The forged square guard with serrated face, very nicely fitted Micro Bushing, Kings TS, trigger job, magwell bevel etc etc are all pretty nicely done.

    The gun looks perfect to my eye, and rebluing the slide would almost be a sin at this point, after decades of faithful service.

    Only looking for $1200 Shipped

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  2. Karl Beining

    Karl Beining Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 8, 2015

  3. bladeandbarrel

    bladeandbarrel ISO The Very Best 1911's Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2019
    Cool handmade extended slide stop. I dig it.
     
  4. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    I'm a 1966 model, I wish that was a 38 super or 9mm as it would be heading my way
     
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  5. bladeandbarrel

    bladeandbarrel ISO The Very Best 1911's Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2019
    What's wrong, do you have Low-T?
     
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  6. Karl Beining

    Karl Beining Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 8, 2015
    They didn't make 9mm Govt Models in 66
     
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  7. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    LOL, no just 20,000 rounds of 9mm and 38 super and I don't need another rabbit hole to wander down (and a bad wrist)
     
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  8. bladeandbarrel

    bladeandbarrel ISO The Very Best 1911's Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2019
    I love the smallbores too. Just playin.
     
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  9. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    Shows you what I know (nothing most days) ;)
     
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  10. Limited 10

    Limited 10 Well-Known Member

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    Apr 17, 2020
    That piece really does tell a story. I agree, it would be a shame to alter it in any way.
     
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  11. bladeandbarrel

    bladeandbarrel ISO The Very Best 1911's Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2019
    I challenge anyone to find a decent -unaltered-1966 colt at that price. Pre-70 commercials aint cheap, yo.
     
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  12. Green Seven

    Green Seven Active Member

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    Feb 22, 2020
    He is only looking for $1200. You should get it.
     
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  13. bladeandbarrel

    bladeandbarrel ISO The Very Best 1911's Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2019
    I am good on 1966 Colts. Probably have 6.
     
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  14. wobblie

    wobblie Well-Known Member

    556
    Apr 15, 2014
    The year I graduated from high school. I hope it doesn’t sit here very long.
     
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  15. Green Seven

    Green Seven Active Member

    219
    Feb 22, 2020
    Is there something about that year for them or just happen to have came across 6 that you liked from that year?
     
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  16. bladeandbarrel

    bladeandbarrel ISO The Very Best 1911's Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2019
    When you have 3 safes full of 1911's and favor pre-70 commercials, the years start adding up.
     
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  17. Joni Lynn

    Joni Lynn Professional Pest, NRA Patron member

    Dec 21, 2014
    Another very nice blast from the past. GLWS.
     
  18. gunfighter45

    gunfighter45 Well-Known Member

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    Dec 8, 2012
  19. Karl Beining

    Karl Beining Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 8, 2015
    Gents, near as I can tell, the last time a pre 70 series gun was listed this cheap or cheaper on here. . . It was the 1951 in much less condition I sold to @Mike A TWO YEARS AGO
     
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  20. RWD

    RWD Living the Good Life !

    67
    Nov 21, 2011
    :bang: 20,000 rds :cry:
     
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