new to 1911's


August 1, 2008, 08:41 PM
got my first 1911 today, a colt gold cup trophy. I've been screwing around looking at grips for it on midway's site, and they have 1911's split into 3 groups: commander, officer, and government. what's the difference between the three?

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August 1, 2008, 08:50 PM
You have a Government model. It is a full size frame an grip with a 5" barrel. A Commander is a full size with a 4.25" barrel and an Officer is a compact frame with a 4" barrel.

August 1, 2008, 08:55 PM
Very nice choice on pistols. I have one with better than 10000 rounds without a pistol failure.
Do you have any pictures?

The Lone Haranguer
August 1, 2008, 09:19 PM
For your pistol you want grips sized for the Government/Commander, which have the same size "handle," just different barrel/slide lengths. (The Government - the original US military issue - is five inches, the Commander 4 1/4 inches.) The "Officer's" is shorter than either, on both ends. ;)

August 1, 2008, 09:28 PM
I don't know why I am answering your question again, just to echo what the others have said with a bit more information.
The original 1911 was adopted by the military in about 1911 with the design dating back to 1909. It had a 5 inch barrel and slide, grip safety and short trigger. Then they made changes that is the 1911A1 that we know and love now. Arched main spring housing, trigger reach scallops to the rear of the trigger, shorter trigger and "better" sights.
The commander is a 4.25 inch gun or 4 inch if not a Colt. Generally around a 4 inch gun. It has a full length grip that holds 7-8 rounds depending on the magazine.
The officer has a shorter grip by about 1 round. Some have the commander length barrel but the more common configuration is the "micro" 1911 with about a 3.5 inch barrel.

Very general information but that is about it for the 1911. Many variations over the years and design changes but they are generally organized into the government or full size, the commander and the officer.


August 1, 2008, 09:30 PM
thanks guys. sorry no pics, but it looks identical to the blued one on colt's website. I traded in 2 rugers I didn't shoot anymore on it, and the entire store was 20% off all guns so I got this thing brand new in box for $400 out the door. not a bad deal i figure lol

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