I've tried to find a 1911 with a light(er)-weight alloy frame and a stainless slide but have not had any luck. Is there is such a thing?
I've found the Colt Lightweight Commander, but it is obviously the Commander-sized version.
It does not have to be a current production gun.
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April 2, 2012, 01:43 PM
Pretty sure S&W makes one.
April 2, 2012, 02:12 PM
Smith's website is down, but I was able to find this one: http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/18168/Smith+%26+Wesson+SW1911SC+.45acp+5%22+Matte+Gray
Looks exactly like what I'm looking for! Thank you!
If anyone knows of any others, please let me know.
April 2, 2012, 02:19 PM
Colt makes or made one too
Colt Lightweight Government 1911 Pistol (http://www.colt45acp.com/item/214271_Colt_Handguns_Pistols_COLT_LTWT_GOVT_45ACP_5_BL_8RD.aspx)
For a handgun that goes above and beyond, choose the Colt Lightweight Government 1911 Pistol. The Colt Lightweight Government 1911 Pistol comes with two magazines that are able to chamber 8 rounds of powerful .45 ACP ammunition, which is one more round than most other 1911 style pistols. The 5 inch barrel of the Colt Lightweight Government 1911 Pistol is equipped with front and rear white dot sights to assist with pinpoint accuracy. The blue aluminum frame features checkered rosewood grips with a beavertail grip safety and an aluminum speed trigger, making the Colt Lightweight Government 1911 Pistol a great handgun to use for self defense in your home. Some other high quality features of the Colt Lightweight Government 1911 Pistol include brush-polished flats, a carbon blue steel slide, a beveled magazine well, and a full-length stainless steel guide rod. Experience the perfect balance of comfort and control that the Colt Lightweight Government 1911 Pistol has to offer.
Colt Lightweight Government 1911 Pistol
Manufacturer Number: O1880XSE
Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel Length: 5 Inches
Overall Length: 8.5 Inches
Colt Factory Hard Case With Cable Lock
Milled Flat-Mainspring Housing
Beveled Magazine Well
Full-Length Stainless Steel Guide Rod
Trigger: Aluminum Speed
Hammer: Elongated Slot
Capacity: 8 Rounds
Sights: White Dot Carry
Grips: Checkered Rosewood
Safety: Beavertail Grip Safety With Bump And Ambidextrous Thumb Safety
Weight: 30 Ounces
Slide: Carbon Blue Steel
Frame Material: Aluminum
Finish: Blue With Teflon Receiver
April 2, 2012, 02:25 PM
mesinge2: Thanks for pointing that one out, but I'm looking for one with a stainless slide. Those appears to have blued steel slides unless I'm overlooking one...
April 2, 2012, 02:27 PM
Ah, sorry. I missed the stainless part.
It would cost extra but if you want a stainless-looking slide with a blue frame Colt will Hard Chrome the slide for a fee.
April 2, 2012, 03:13 PM
I have a Colt Lighweight Government and I chose it over a comparable steel frame model because I liked the overall feeling and balance that the alloy frame, along with the full length slide, gave the pistol. If you can't find it in stainless I would say give the blued version a try and maybe some day get the slide hard chrome plated.
April 2, 2012, 05:24 PM
Colt makes a lightweight Gov't model. Kimber has a couple of full sized alloy framed 1911s (CDP II, Tactical II, and there may be a couple of others I'm missing), S&W had scandium framed full size 1911s for a while (I think they were called 1911 PDs).
If cost is not an issue, Wilson Combat, Nighthawk Custom, and Volkmann Precision all build custom 1911s with alloy frames if you select that option.