Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Detonics Combat Magnum

Raptor wants a Detonics Combat Magnum. In .38 Super. Here's Pat Yates' back story on the development. This gun, in various configurations, is a step forward in the history of 1911s. Several patents were issued, this is not just a cutdown, this is a rethinking of the 1911 to make it in a smaller size. Some of the innovations you see on small 1911s today started with the Detonics.

They were expensive though, sometimes selling for twice what Colts were were selling for at the same time. There aren't many, they are all collectable, and the number that were chambered in .38 Super is very low.


I don't know what the price would be for a 1980s era Detonics 1911 in .38 Super. I couldn't find one for sale. They are discussed in forums. People claim to have seen them. Apparently they are passed between collectors like pieces of the True Cross. Detonics fans have a quest to own them all. Here, in his own words, is what one collector had to say:
The link has more pictures and some discussion of variations, British proof marked Detonics, Detonics with no sights, and more. An interesting grail gun, rare, desired, and unusual.




3 comments:

Farm.Dad said...

I bought a mkV .45 in the early 80s and carried it for years . Not a bad little pistol at all though heavy . I really should shoot it more i guess but just dont seem to drag it out of the safe anymore .

Old NFO said...

They are interesting... Shot one once, and it was a heavy little bugger...

lee n. field said...

I had a chance to play with a Detonics .45, one weekend. Maybe I'm a Philistine, but I didn't find it all that interesting.