I have a Stainless Colt LWT Commander (XSE) on order and it has been on order since mid January. The shop doesn't seem to have a clue when one might come in, and this is a fairly large shop, with 2-300 long guns on display and probably 100 handguns in the case. I don't know if Colt's demand is really high, or if they slowed down production or both, but in any case, I'm getting impatient. They have Stainless Kimber Pro Carry II HD, which looks and feels exactly like I want, but it is on a stainless frame, weighs about 7 oz more than the Colt.
I plan for this to be my go-to carry gun, IWB, so it will see some use. Will I notice those extra 7 oz? I really want a Colt, but the Kimber looks pretty nice too. Thoughts???
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April 1, 2011, 08:36 PM
I have the same Colt stainless Lighweight Commander in .38 Super. I love the feel of this gun and the way it handles, as well as the weight savings for CCW. Then last year I found and bought a new blued Lightweight Government Model in .45. The overall feel and balance of these guns is great and I also like the easy to acquire sights and the extended ambi safety. Both guns just seem to point on target very naturally in my hands.
April 1, 2011, 09:20 PM
April 1, 2011, 09:25 PM
I wouldn't bother with the LWT version, especially if you plan on putting a lot of rounds through it. 7 ounces? Who cares? The steel version will last much longer. Aluminum is for beer cans.
April 1, 2011, 09:43 PM
Over a Kimber yes!
April 1, 2011, 10:26 PM
Just wait. All 1911's take time to get if you order them. 2 months seems reasonable lately for production models. They don't allways manufacter each model. they might make 1000 of 3 different models, then switch and make 3000 of another. In batches.
Many customs take more than a year to get.
April 1, 2011, 11:01 PM
I'd say it's definitely worth the wait. I'd take a Colt over a Kimber any day.
Colt builds all of their guns in runs, and lately they seem to have been focusing their production on their newer models like the Lightweight Government or the different variants of the Rail Gun. You are just going to have to wait for when its the LW Commander's turn again. Colt isn't the giant that they used to be at one time, but they are selling every gun the goes out the door and then some, so sometimes you just have to be patient.
April 1, 2011, 11:15 PM
I wish they would make LWT commander without the FPS.
April 2, 2011, 12:06 AM
When you finally get it you won't remember how long it took. I have both the XSE LW and regular XSE and I'd absolutely pick the LW. Doesn't seem like a lot of weight difference but in practice it seems like there is. I don't know how hard these LW pistols are to get, but now that I think about it I bought mine when I spotted it in a gun shop and I'm not sure I've seen another since, even at fairly large shows. Patience, it will be worth it.
April 2, 2011, 01:23 AM
I'd say it's definitely worth the wait. I'd take a Colt over a Kimber any day
YES WORTH THE WAIT I traded a Colt ONCE for a Kimber worst trade I ever made.
I like my LTW Commander
April 2, 2011, 01:34 AM
I have a LW Commander that I bought 50 years ago. Some like to claim that the aluminum frame will not stand much use. Maybe so, but I've put enough rounds through mine so that the barrel is worn out. I'll hopefully get around to replacing the barrel.
I also have the Combat Commander. It offers no advantage over the standard Gov. model. Actually, I prefer the stqndard.
You will notice the recoil a little more with the Lw Commander. I've replaced my LW with a Kahr .45, and while it is lighter than the LW Commander, the perceived recoil is less. Nevertheless, the Commander was my go to gun for many years, and I think everybody owes himself one.
Don't worry about the wait. I once ordered a pair of consecutively numbered SA revolvers from Colt and had to wait two years!!!
April 2, 2011, 07:42 AM
Here's the other thing: they have a Colt LWT Commander, but it is blued. I LOVE the look of blued Colts, but I am concerned about how the finish on the frame would hold up to carry use. My thought is that both the natural aluminum finish and the blue finish will wear, it will be just less noticeable on the stainless gun. Oh, and the one they have, is a Colt Talo, and it is $400 more than the gun I have on order. The price doesn't scare me much, I'm just concerned about the wear.
April 2, 2011, 08:04 AM
If you have concerns regarding wear on the blued slide, I would say wait for the stainless model then. No sense in paying even more money for the TALO version and then not use it because you're worried about its appearance.
The Lone Haranguer
April 2, 2011, 08:14 AM
A lightweight Commander with a stainless slide sounds like a very appealing gun. But no matter how appealing, it is only worth the wait if the dealer is up front with me that there will be a wait and can give me a realistic time frame. "I don't have a clue" doesn't cut it if I've already paid him.
Cocked & Locked
April 2, 2011, 10:34 AM
I'd love to have a stainless XSE in .38 Super...IF it didn't have two things. The serrations on the front of the slide and the ambi safety are on my no-go list.
I have a lightweight commander that has seen many many rounds in the 30 years that I have owned it and the alloy frame has held up just fine. In fact I also own a Kimber and a Wilson in alloy frames too. For a carry gun I wouldn't even consider a steal frame gun. Now for competition I use the full size steal gun because I'm not trying to carry it all day concealed.
April 2, 2011, 12:45 PM
I have two aluminum frame Commanders, one in .45 ACP and one in 9mm/38 Super/9x23. I've put about 20,000 rounds through the .355 chambered gun now, about 5,000 9mm but mostly 38 Super. A properly built aluminum frame 1911 will hold up just fine.
I personally don't worry about holster wear.
April 2, 2011, 09:44 PM
Another lw Commander owner. Bought it used about 1973. Bunch of rounds through it. I run factory or less (reloads) through it.