Anyone else like Commander sized 1911s?


June 1, 2011, 08:14 PM
Dan Wesson V-Bob and Ed Brown Special Forces Carry ... :D VZ ETC grips are on the way ... for both.

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June 1, 2011, 08:29 PM
And my latest Commander sized (sort of) 1911 .... a Kimber Stainless Pro Raptor II. I'm going to bob the frame, add an Ed Brown chainlink MSH, remove the Swartz firing pin safety, swap most of the MIM parts for Ed Brown parts and finish the whole pistol in Graphite Black Cerakote. Total cost will be just under $1,500 which includes the pistol at $1,135, all of the Ed Brown parts at just over $300 and $35 for 4oz of Cerakote. Should be fun.

June 1, 2011, 08:31 PM
I have a CBOB and Kimber Pro Carry II. Both nice carrying guns. The CBOB is away getting a whole new makeover (appearance wise). They keep my smaller buddies the Crimson Ultra Carry II and my Para Carry C7.45 company.

June 1, 2011, 08:49 PM
Commanders were always my favorites, and actually, still are. I still like the Colts the best, and more or less box stock.

These are two of the three I still have left.....

June 1, 2011, 08:53 PM
The answer for me is yes. I just finished building this custom .40 Commander.

June 1, 2011, 09:29 PM
Colt LW Commander blued and S&W 1911Sc Commander.

June 1, 2011, 09:40 PM
I have a Kimber Pro TLE II and I absolutely love it. The VZ grips are great and after the 23# Wolff recoil spring it runs excellently. How do you like the bobbed grip?

June 1, 2011, 10:16 PM
How do you like the bobbed grip?

A bobtail grip is a must have for me on a Commander size 1911, just as every full size 1911 must have an extended and beveled mag well e.g. an Ed Brown Maxi-Well.

Colt LW Commander blued and S&W 1911Sc Commander.

And you expect us to take your word for it .... how about some photos? :D

Capt. Ct.
June 1, 2011, 11:10 PM
Oh man. Now you guys have me lusting after a yet another pistol. When I went looking for a Commander size 1911 the local market didn't have much and I ended up buying an Officer size Colt. I rebuilt it with Wilson Combat parts and have a nice gun, But now you have gone and done it! I still want a Commander. :banghead:

June 2, 2011, 02:04 AM
Schecky's pistol;

I'm not normally a fan of full length dust covers. Particularly in 1911's. But WOW! DOES THIS STYLE SUIT ON COMMANDER LENGTH GUNS! ! ! ! That pistol is HOT!

Mind you due to the lack of the usual slide front end shape I don't see this as a classic 1911 at all. Instead it's more like an evolutionary breed.

The Lone Haranguer
June 2, 2011, 07:02 AM
They balance and point better for me than the full-size pistols, as well as looking better proportioned.

June 2, 2011, 10:27 AM
I know nothing about which you speak. ;)

June 2, 2011, 10:57 AM
Man u guys are making me antsy! I am saving for my first 1911, and I want it to be Commander-sized. Can't make up my mind as to manufacturer though! Those stock Colts look pretty sweet.

June 2, 2011, 11:09 AM
I built this Commander clone in 1975. Since then, I've put 12,000-15,000 rounds through it and carried it daily for 3-4 years.

It's one of my "never sell" guns.

June 2, 2011, 11:37 AM
I have a pair of Ranger IIs (.45 & 9mm) and used to have a Kimber Super Carry Pro.

Ranger II .45

Ranger II 9mm

Super Carry Pro .45

June 2, 2011, 12:31 PM
I must admit, out of the 10 1911s I own, I don't have 1 commander size. I almost bought a DW, but didn't.

June 2, 2011, 02:20 PM
Commander size 1911 pattern pistols flat out make my wheels spin.


June 2, 2011, 02:23 PM
Oh Yeah! :)

CZ Dan Wesson 1911 Commander CLS Bobtail

CZ Dan Wesson 1911 CCO Bobtail

Springfield Armory Loaded LTWT Champion Operator

June 2, 2011, 02:50 PM
(psssssst....heck of a deal right now on a Commander over at the Colt Forum)

June 2, 2011, 07:12 PM
anyone have one of the s&w e-series bobtails?

June 2, 2011, 07:44 PM
I'm squirreling away $$$ for a Commander of some sort right now :D I told my wife that it is an imperative that I purchase a 1911 before 2011 becomes 2012. She agreed, surprisingly.

June 2, 2011, 07:50 PM
Commander length 1911's are my favorite. Absolutely love my Dan Wesson VBOB. It fits more naturally in my hand than any other handgun I own.

June 2, 2011, 07:53 PM
The Commander models have always looked "stubby" to me. Much prefer the Commander slide on an Officers frame. Keeps the proportions much more like the Gov't model.

June 2, 2011, 08:16 PM
There are "commander-size 1911s" and there are Commanders.

June 2, 2011, 10:27 PM
Just got my Desert Eagle 1911C last week. Been to the range once and hope to get there again this weekend. I know it likes Winchester RA45T's.

June 2, 2011, 11:41 PM
My first 1911 was a Colt Combat commander. I still have that gun over 35 years later and to answer your question I still like it!

June 3, 2011, 12:47 PM
I dunno moxie,

I just can't bring myself to label a Baer Commanche, Colt Cmbt Cmdr, or STI Ranger as a 'Commander'.

You're right though. A Sig 228 is 'Commander size' as is a CZ Compact. Thats kinda why I used the qualifier of '1911 pattern'.

I don't know in what box the BHP belongs. Its 'kinda, sorta, almost nearly, maybe a first cousin' to a 1911 Pattern Commander.


June 3, 2011, 01:20 PM

The non-Colts are definitely commander-sized, not Commanders, that was my point. The Colt Combat Commander is not the original LW-prefix, real, no-kidding, original Coltalloy- framed Colt Commander. It's a mere steel variation that the LW purists eschew. But I'll take one if you gimme one. The BHP ain't in the box at all, which is not to denigrate it.

June 3, 2011, 02:01 PM
I have two Colt Combat Commanders, XSEs, both stainless, both in .45 ACP. They are quite possibly some of my favorite 45 Autos.
I have a stainless NRM Colt 1991 Commander in .45 also.
I have carried a Colt Combat Commander as an off-duty Law Enforcement weapon and have one on my hip as I write this!
I love the Colt Combat Commander .45 ACP.

June 3, 2011, 02:29 PM
They don't let their differences effect their relationship.

After owning many 1911's the commander has become my favorite.

June 3, 2011, 02:47 PM
Gota love it!


June 3, 2011, 03:50 PM
I own only one 1911 style pistol, a Kimber CDP II Pro, and love it. I would like to get another Commander sized pistol with a bob-tailed frame.

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