product photo of a Colt XSE 1911 stainless steel government pistol with double diamond checkered rosewood grips and low profile combat sights

When Colt decided in the year 2000 to offer the XSE series of pistols, it was in response to the growing number of custom or semi-custom 1911 pistol makers. Colt needed a 1911 model with the features that competition shooters were demanding.

The XSE met that demand with extras like front and rear angled slide serrations, ambidextrous safety levers, lightened triggers with extended adjustments, top-notch combat sights, and more. The response from the shooting community was overwhelmingly positive.

The Colt Stainless Government XSE 1911 comes out of the box with all of these features, and more. It's an exceptionally good-looking pistol, with its brushed stainless finish and rosewood grips, and has all of the accuracy and dependability you'd expect from a pistol bearing the Colt name.


  • Front and rear slide serrations
  • Checkered, double diamond, rosewood grips
  • Extended ambidextrous thumb safeties
  • Fixed white dot combat sights
  • Elongated hammer slot
  • Combat hammer
  • New roll marking and enhanced tolerances
  • 8 + 1 round capacity
  • .45 caliber
  • Single action

Model Number: 01070XSE
Name: XSE Government Model, Stainless
Frame material: Stainless steel
Frame finish: Stainless
Barrel length: 5"
Overall length: 81⁄2”
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 8 + 1
Hammer: Combat
Trigger: Aluminum
Action: Single
Front sight: White dot
Rear sight: Low profile white dot combat
Grips: Double diamond
Grip safety: Beavertail
Thumb safety: Extended ambidextrous

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Colt Stainless XSE Stainless Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 4.5 out of 5 possible stars 4.5 out of 5
By 1911shootist, Murrieta, CA
April 19, 2011

Primary use: Target Shooting

"I've owned Colts before. I've also had Kimbers, Springfields, Ed Brown's, and even Charles Daly 1911's. So I know 1911's. The XSE beats the Kimbers and the Springfields hands down for quality, and it's just about as good as custom pistols like Ed Brown. You couldn't pry this one from my cold dead hands. If I could improve the XSE, I'd put three dot tritium dots on it for night shooting. That's about it."

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