Colt Combat Unit CCO Concealed Pistol – SHOT Show 2019

Colt Combat Unit Concealed Pistol the CCO

Colt Combat Unit pistols were initially developed with the first responder in mind. They featured internals that were essentially Colt Competition and externals that were tactical. Colt is now introducing a concealed carry version of this same Colt Combat Unit lineage, the CCO.

The CCO has a wide notch rear sight and a Tritium front sight

Like its larger family members, the CCO is competition on the inside and tactical on the outside. It features checkered side plates and 25 lpi checkering on the front of the grip. The front sight is Tritium and the rear is a black metal slot sight. The slide has serrations front and rear, and the action is very smooth. Dry firing the gun was a treat as the trigger break is clean and crisp. The trigger reset is very short as well. The hammer is skeletonized. The single stack CCO will be available in 9+1 capacity for 9mm and 8+1 for .45.

The extended magazine well is beveled for quicker reloads

The stainless steel barrel is 4.25 inches long and the stainless slide is finished in black PVD. The frame is black anodized aluminum. While small enough to easily conceal, the gun still feels good to the hand. There is no dangling pinky for this writer with average sized hands. The mag well is beveled just like the other Colt Combat Unit pistols, allowing users to compete in IDPA CCP division if desired. The safety is ambidextrous. The Colt representative noted that the model available for SHOT Show did not have the final finished safeties as the production version will have. The final model will have safeties that are rounded and smoothed just as the larger Colt Combat pistols have.

The production CCO models will have the same smoothed and rounded safeties as its larger relatives as shown here

The 9mm version of the CCO will ship in March 2019 and has an MSRP of $1499. The .45 model will ship shortly thereafter.

For more information visit Colt by clicking HERE.

Rear view detail of the new Colt Combat Unit CCO

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About the author: Steve Gaspar has been writing for gun and hunting publications for over 20 years. He is an avid hunter, staunch 2A supporter, and occasional 3-gun competitor. His favorite outdoor activities are calling predators and shooting suppressed rifles.

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  • Jon Dietmeier November 7, 2019, 11:26 pm

    If it is truly -hand fitted- with ALL forged parts… as Jeff pointed out in his earlier post, then its absolutely worth as much as a Dan Wesson CCO. The Dan wesson claims no MIM, and are well fit and very smooth, same price exactly as the Colt. I built a lovely 70’s Combat Commander back in the early 80’s, 30 lpi front strap, Novac’s before S&W added them! When the xtra cut on the slide to fit them was $150! Kings match grade trigger and hand fitted barrel, bushing etc. Full house carry steel Commander! I sure as hell can’t reproduce that gun for $1500! And it isn’t CCO with the mag well! I already have a Range officer compact….but the Springfield has a lot of MIM parts…..all in all Im going to have to check one out.
    JD Reno NV

  • Ed April 5, 2019, 8:30 am

    Realizing that grip safety bumps have become the standard, I hate them. Never had a problem with the original, tapering design ny Browning. Other than that looks like a good pistol to have. Seems like a lot of comments crabbing and bitching about this ‘n that with Colt. Fact is the sons of bitches have been building guns you can stake your life on, longer than you and I have walked the planet. That makes them more than good enough for me. They are as American as apple pie and baseball. Edward out.

  • Kane February 12, 2019, 5:20 pm

    They should put an EGA somewhere on the pistol and ask $1000 ($2500) more for it.

  • aleon February 11, 2019, 8:09 pm

    i think the gun industries are on drug everything is over priced is the same junk over and over people stop buying it may be the price will go down

  • Mike February 11, 2019, 5:02 pm

    In looking at where the slide meets the fame on the left hand side, there seems to be quite a gap. I bought a 80 series Gold Cup Trophy , sight unseen, with the same gap. It rattles worse than my shot out Gold Cup series 70 National match. Sent the 80 back due to a terrible trigger, returned the same. Looks like their quality hasn’t improved, especially at this new gun’s price point.
    I’ll pass

    • Jeff Ragan May 13, 2019, 3:16 pm

      Shot or owned many 1911’s?. I owned LES BAERS and currently own an SPRINGFIELD TRP and have owned over 10 different 1911’s and customized and custom built dozens and just bought one of these new COLTS and it is FREAKING OUTSTANDING!!!. Superb accuracy nearly hitting an clay at 50 yards with first round ever fired from it. ZERO malfunctions is most important thing by far and most 1911’s are far more accurate than the shooter holding it. This new COLT measures .020 max lateral play and .022 max in vertical, TOTALLY INSIGNIFICANT as the JMB design needed loose tolerance to function in the field and feed a wide variety of military grade, ( sometimes low grade ) ammo and stopping power and reliability where paramount. Aircraft grade Aluminum frame w/ 25 line per inch checkering, Stainless Colt National Match barrel w/ hand fitted bushing and link, Genuine NOVAK sights front / rear w/ TRITIUM amp ghost ring front sight and far and away BEST SIGHT COMBO I have ever owned and will be changing out my SPRINGFIELD TRP fake NOVAKS for exactly the same genuine NOVAKS. Flared mag well and slim grips w/ ambi safety and superb and tough non reflective tactical coating and with genuine COLT Forged internal parts and COLT Forged slide with super tight barrel to slide fit and lock up. The hand fit interaction between the barrel link and the barrel locking lugs and the bushing and the chamber to breach face fit are where superb accuracy come from. My LES BAER was one of the 1/2 inch 50 yard group guaranteed pistols at $2,899.00 total that I bought from local Sheriff deputy that had it build for duty carry. Because it said ” LES BAER CUSTOM ” on the slide the dep’t lawyers said he couldn’t carry it and I got it for $2,200 a year later but he had BOMAR adjustable sights and I have used / carried 1911’s with NOVAK’s exclusively for 25 plus years now. You will find the LES BAERS, and WILSON COMBATS and ED BROWNS with the hand fit slide frame need MASSIVE MASSAGING all over the gun to get them to feed reliably because all the tolerances allow ZERO DIMENSIONAL ERRORS in ammo and everything else. MOST feed problems are mag related and I personally use only WILSON #47D, and their 10 round too. Nearly forgot my new COLT also has their new dual spring recoil system as on the MARINES 1911 and it works outstanding taming recoil way better than on my last ALL TIME FAVE 1911 the COLT LIGHWEIGHT COMMANDER I customized with 25 LPI front strap checkering and 20 LPI serrations on the flat top slide and added WILSON NITE EYES sites and did an BROWNELLS flat black bake on Ceramic finish but had to sell that one to my cousin Mitch when I promoted a big PRO SUPERCROSS event locally but needed cash but he gladly paid $1,500 for the pistol he was with me in Seattle when I bought it for $800 about ten years earlier. SUPERB ACCURECY!, SUPERB RELIABILITY and light weight nearly 12 ounces total less than I have been carrying in my TRP with the best day and NIGHT sight combo I have ever owned and with nearly 500 rounds ad ZERO malfuncs this baby is EASILY MY ALLTIME FAVORITE!. Needed one thing and that was combination spring tuning and grinding a little off the leaf that contacts the trigger bow because it rubbed slightly on inside of frame cutout for grip safety and combination spring. Have trigger now at crisp 4.5 lbs and with all stock COLT parts. And this particular COLT I got has an under 1000 serial #, being one of first thousand made. LOVE this more every time I pick it up, draw it and dry fire it and especially the superb accuracy. Max lateral spread of 8 inches at 20 yards, max lateral spread of 18 inches at 50 yards in slow fire, 30 inch spread in rapid fire. Next will be groups from bench for true accuracy check and 100 yards fire. LOVE THIS COLT and saving to buy ANOTHER!.

    • Dale May 14, 2020, 12:25 pm

      The photo I see of the back of the slide /frame, the left side gap is the ejector not the slide frame fit.

  • FirstStateMark February 11, 2019, 2:41 pm

    When I saw this I wanted one. Then the price came to view. Sorry but I’m not paying $1500 for the Colt name. There are other 1911s in that size that are cheaper and just as good.

    • danny March 13, 2019, 3:19 am

      like what exactly please

  • Millard Hixson February 11, 2019, 11:52 am

    Side plates???? You mean grip panels, right?

    Beveled mag well? Where do you gun rag writers come up with this stuff? That is an extended flared magwell.

    Didn’t have the finished pistol available for the biggest once-a-year trade show in the industry? Sorry, Colt, you’re not trying.

    And $1500 for a lightweight commander, even a dressed-up one, will probably not fly well.

  • Mike in a Truck February 11, 2019, 9:06 am

    Got no use for that silly Continental caliber. But I’ll take one in .45 ACP please.

  • Cyrus February 11, 2019, 8:11 am

    If I’m reading this correctly this gun is around $1500? I was actually interested until I saw the price. Thanks but I will stick with my HK45ct

  • Brad Doyle February 11, 2019, 7:50 am

    Looks a lot like my XSE Commander. I look forward to its release.

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