Colt Double Eagle


max popenker
August 9, 2004, 04:50 AM
anyone has info/experience with this gun?
i believe that it was made between 1990 and 1997, first production DA Colt semiauto.
Was it of the same poor fate as All American 2000?

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Tom C.
August 9, 2004, 10:47 AM
I saw one of the first Colt Double Eagles. I was not favorably impress. IMO, it was much worse than the S&W 4506 and 1006 I already had, and they don't seem to be that favorably viewed by members here.
The revised Double Eagle eliminated some of the worst aspects of the gun, but I didn't like it enough to buy one.
I have gone back to my 1911's and stay away from double action autos, although I like my CZ-75 (don't have to use the double action feature).

Vern Humphrey
August 9, 2004, 12:28 PM
It's generally referred to as the Colt Double Turkey by people who have handled and shot them.

max popenker
August 10, 2004, 01:59 AM
Thanks, Tom
but what were the bad aspects of the original Double E?

August 10, 2004, 04:36 AM
but what were the bad aspects of the original Double E?

The detail strip of one compared to a real 1911 is... interesting.

max popenker
August 10, 2004, 06:18 AM
gentlemen, please, be specific in your answers... :uhoh:
i need this info for more than sheer curiosity...

August 10, 2004, 11:20 AM
Um, bad. Strange ergonomics. LONG heavy trigger. Seem to recall it was unreliable because they changed something about the feed ramp (or something). Low overall quality, so when they first came out I saw lots of people bringing them back into the store or asking around for spare parts and other fixes.

Just generally seemed to be a sort of junky, poorly conceived and designed gun. Then they just disappeared. Not just no longer made, but no one wanted one used either, so apparently all are in the back of safes or the bottom of the ocean. Haven't seen one for years.

Not as bad as the AA2000. That was neat handling I thought, but blasphemously bad mechanical design and quality. Shocking. These two pistols, and some QC issues I have seen with AR-15s always left me leery of Colt in general.

August 10, 2004, 12:00 PM
I managed a gun store when they were released. The trigger would pinch your trigger finger with every shot! I really wanted to like this design, but it just stank. Also, we had a few come back with reliability problems - after our initial order languished on the shelves for a year, we didn't re-order. I think that's what happened nationwide.

max popenker
August 11, 2004, 02:05 AM
Thanks, gentlemen!

August 11, 2004, 01:30 PM
Wasn't the DE essentially a factory adoption of an existing conversion for the 1911??? I'm forgetting who did those...Pachmayr???

August 11, 2004, 01:32 PM

El Tejon
August 11, 2004, 01:42 PM
max, I worked in a large sporting goods store in Indianapolis that is now a large chain from '88 to '92. When the DE came out, customers were underwhelmed.

No one, including me, saw its niche. If you liked 1911s then you bought 1911s, if you wanted the "safety" of the DA trigger:rolleyes:, then you got a ZIG or M9 or other crunchenticker with 15+ rounds capacity.

As Erich stated, I remember taking a few back that we sent back to Colt for repair. In fact, I remember sending one back twice. Guy was a doc and a Colt collector. He came in looking like someone ran over his dog.

Not a proud moment in American gun manufacturing history.:(

Jim K
August 11, 2004, 01:52 PM
I wish now I had bought one. Even Colt failures are collectible. I did buy a 2000; POS, but believe it or not going up in price.


August 11, 2004, 08:41 PM
Ahh, that's right. Tks, Erich.

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