Colt Commander


April 10, 2007, 12:55 PM
I'm looking at getting a Colt Commander in Stainless. Any suggestions or warnings?

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April 10, 2007, 01:27 PM
You're asking the revolver guys? :neener:

Personally, I love the Commander, especially if it has a Pony on the side. Good choice, even if it isn't a wheelgun. :D

Car Knocker
April 10, 2007, 01:28 PM
Any suggestions?
Post this question in the Autoloader forum instead of the Revolver forum.

April 10, 2007, 01:46 PM
Get it. I regret selling mine.

Although, so far, I really like my G17.

April 10, 2007, 01:52 PM
Inadvertant error.

Posted in wrong place I've already sent a PM to the MOd's and asked them to move to Auto's.


April 10, 2007, 01:57 PM
No sweat - thread moved :)

April 10, 2007, 02:12 PM
I have a couple of blued Combat Commanders.
One is a 1991A1 in .45 and the other is an older version in 9mm.
I like both and would like to get my paws on a stainless, or nickel, Commander too.

April 10, 2007, 04:43 PM
I'm looking at the 1991A1 in .45 for around $800.

April 10, 2007, 06:48 PM
Just picked up a Combat Commander in satin nickel. I haven't fired it yet, but I love the balance and feel.

April 10, 2007, 07:28 PM
I have never been a fan of stainless 1911s due to the limitations on finish options, potential for galling, the fact that stainless steel is not that durable of a "finish," and the high price for a comparable carbon steel pistol. I would go with the blued commander and get it hard-chromed if you want a tougher or "whiter" finish.

I am getting antsy waiting for my Colt Commander that I sent of to Yost-Bonitz for a 1* enhanced package. I went with Black-T for the finish.

April 10, 2007, 08:38 PM
Inspect it carefully before you take it home. I'd rejected a couple that showed cockeyed extractors, off center hammers, and gaps at the bottom of the bushing.

Very happy with my new stainless, they had a pair of good ones, but is was the blue models I'd rejected, although the bluing sure was beautiful.


April 10, 2007, 08:45 PM

So you gonna start off here by insulting the guy's stainless pride and joy?

April 10, 2007, 08:47 PM
Nice colt shes purddy! ;). Hows she shoot compared to a 5"?

April 10, 2007, 09:13 PM
I assume what you are looking at is a new Series 80 Colt Commander. (Yep, 1991A1 is a Series 80)

If it's used, go to my page here ( on how to check out a used 1911. heck, check it out if it's new too. Couldn't hurt.

The most recent problem to get past QA in Hartford is off center recoil spring tunnels in the slide. I'm posting a pic of what to look for. These have shown up on both Series 70 and Series 80 guns.

April 10, 2007, 09:37 PM
It is my "If you could only have one" one. No issues with the XSE for me so far.

April 10, 2007, 09:39 PM
Yes I am buying it NIB from a reliable retailer.


Thank you for the head's up. It will be the first thing I look for.

Doc Rizzi
April 12, 2007, 12:46 AM
I have done considerable polishing on the ramp and throat of the weapon and it shoots smooth, feeds extremely well with reloaded light loads and colt magazines. The only problem in design is the tail piece of the grip safety which digs a hole in the web of my hand if I shoot it for a while. The only way I can deal with this is to replace the beaver tail and I don't want to change the appearance of the weapon. I wear a shooting glove and it's all good. Fine choice.

April 12, 2007, 01:29 AM
One obnoxious and often overlooked problem you'll likely see with the series 80 Colt Combat Commanders involves those black wraparound factory rubber grips. Take them off, and look for a thin but prominent line of rust all the way around where the grip panels contact the stainless, and across the frontstrap at the top and bottom. Although it's usually easy to remove, the factory rubber grips seem to trap and hold moisture.

Tom Fury
April 12, 2007, 11:20 AM
I love the Commander and have owned as many as six at once; I'm down to two and a P-13. None have ever given me trouble. I think its perfect, size and weight and punch wise, and give serious thought to buying any that I see. I also love to tinker with them and have them customized.

That said, I bought two 1991A1's (Blue) in the last two years for under $500. 800 seems a bit pricey, but it may depend on the area, ss (I will always pay extra for ss), bells and whistles etc.

Have you looked at the S&W 1911 sc? My only complaint about Steel Commanders is they seem a bit heavy to carry. I don't mind the weight as it adds a bit I think to controllability when shooting, and in truth I got used to carrying it in the right holster, but I think if you hang around Commanders you will eventually be tempted to dabble with LW guns. I think the SC is the ne plus ultra of LW Commanders.

Gonna get a lot of responses about Kimber Pro Carry types; I just prefer 4.25 barrel length. I also Have a Kimber Compact Aluminum Stainless I like very much. accurate, reliable and tough, but I still like the balance of a Commander sized gun.

I think you'll be pleased with it. (Yes, the "pigtail" grip safety hurts). Wilson Combat makes drop in Beavertail that will fit, but theres' nothing better than Ed Brown fitted by say, Novaks (While you're at if, get their sights, too!). I believe you will always come back to it like a first love. (Okay, losing focus here...)

Cheers, TF

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