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Colt 1911 XSE Commander- Round Count Updated from Time to Time

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by cyclopsshooter, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    Nice pistol Rock! I do like the look and feel of beavertails like yours but I gotta give the duckbill credit for allowing a quick easy single handed hammer cock- Feels a little more difficult on my Rail Gun grip safety.

    50 more rounds today- Shot from the tailgate of a slow moving truck- mushrooms, mole hills, and damaged apples left on the ground... no malfunctions. Whipping the pistol around at moving targets while bouncing around was an absolute hoot :)

    I'm about ready to deem this pistol "out of the box reliable" if you subtract the mag spring issue. The pistol has been incredible and very fun to shoot! I'm liking Commanders-

    Round count: 212
  2. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    Here she is as of tonight and uncleaned- Earlier this week I replaced the original wood with some expendable aftermarket grips (I had these grips on the Taurus PT1911 that I did a thread on) I also threw on a Springfield arched ILS mainspring housing.. Thats right, I added a lock! GASP* :p

  3. wally

    wally Active Member

    Nope, sounds like a "bolt over base" feed failure. Usually a mag spring issue, but it can be caused by a poor finish inside the mag causing the follower to bind, in which case it often just goes away with a little use.
  4. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    youre right, its absolutely a mag issue- the pistol has been perfect using a host of mags proven in my other colts. the factory mags that came with the piece have very smooth bodies, im inclined to think its the springs. hopefully someday soon ill quit being lazy and order those wolf +5% springs.
  5. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    Project Part 1-

    I have been playing with 1911s for years- even built a number of them from the ground up- however, I have never built a high end match pistol- mostly just GI guns- I would say that I have pretty good knowledge of how they work and know what not to do and the areas to be careful of... ie. thumb safety fit and and sear issues.
    A few years ago I found a pretty good deal on an older Combat Elite that had had a professional makeover- It was quality work ans I seek to reproduce some of the features on my Commander. I still have it and would like to use it as a base of study.
    Before I start though, Id like to have some discussion with the experts here- I'm not in a rush, the pistol is working perfectly and I'm not too keen on fixing something that aint broke :p
    However, the Combat Elite has the slickest slide I have ever racked- I'm pretty sure it is because the frame and slide rails were polished- It also looks like the guide rod was polished too- Id like to reproduce this but I'd like to hear some pros and cons before proceeding... Also, what is the best way to polish the inside rail grooves?

    I do some work in my shop on 1911s.. mostly safety swaps and ramp polishing but Id like to offer some new services (But I DONT want to cut my teeth on a customer gun)

    Anyway, this is the start- What say you 1911 experts?
  6. RyeDaddy

    RyeDaddy New Member

    Just picked mine up today. Put 75 rounds through it right out of box without a hitch. ACCURATE! The duckbill grip safety has to go, and I'm gonna have it bob-tailed. Maybe have the slide done in black if it won't cover up the rollmarks. I really like it! Worth the wait and the money!
  7. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    NICE! Post a pic :)
  8. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    Just ran another quick 50 at 10 yards (still not cleaned)- used the ol proven 7 rounders and the two factory 8s No malfunctions with the 7 rounders but each of the 8 round mags did the same last round vertical jam-

    My verdict is that Colts are reliable outa the box- no question about the pistol but be ware of the new mags Colt is putting out.

    On another note, I think my brass is hitting the belt clip leaving a ding.. I'm just now getting into reloading (Dillon 550) will this ding cause reloading problems? (dinged case in photo)


    Co-worker shot 8 more rounds while I was typing this-

    Round Count: 270
  9. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    Couldnt help it... cleaned her for the first time at 270 rounds, she was a dirty girl with that cheap ball.

    Ordered some low-rise Novak night sights too :D
  10. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    Ok, went back and ran seven rounds of 230gr Speer Gold Dot at 10 yards from a rest (a crappy little rest) Anyway, this is the group, the top flier might have had a little flinch behind it and just to make one more excuse the front sight post darn near covered the black center of the target..


    Round Count: 277
  11. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    slow afternoon here in the shop- another 50 ball

    round count: 327
  12. No Quarter

    No Quarter New Member

    Seems like she is purring away.

    I ran 150 rounds through my stainless combat commander today. Had a ball!

    Boringly consistent. Figured the gun runs better with white lithium grease on the rails than the CLP or Ballistol i have been using.

    Saw a Talo Night Defender (Colt) show up lightly used in the gun case today. I intend to go back Monday and make that momma MINE.

    Please keep the updates coming. I am enjoying this thread.
  13. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    I had one of those Talo Night Defenders in the shop about a year ago- Sweet little pistol it is-

    Hmmm.. rather sore tonight in the lower joint of my right thumb Metacarpal.. Wonder how that happened?..

    By the way, please FEEL FREE to post photos of your favorite "Colt" 1911 shooter.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2011
  14. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    Knew I had an extra 5" barrel in a box somewhere... You thinkin what I'm thinkin?

  15. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    50 rounds today, first 8 went down the 5" barrel for testing of fit- seems the barrel likes a Wilson #4 link , had to narrow the the hood a bit. All 50 went without malfunction, should send the barrel off soon to get threaded.

    Round count : 377
  16. para38super

    para38super New Member

    I had the same problem with my Colt 8rd mags, but cured the problem with Wolff +5% springs. They pretty much became power mags. Do your mags have the skirted follower or do they have the devel follower(shooting star follower)? Can you post some pics, I was told those skirted follower mags use propietary springs from Checkmate.

    By the way nice Colt you have there, I have a government model and pretty happy with it. I have had a couple issues with mags, but when running good mags it runs perfect. I use Colt 7rd and Wilson 7rd for carry.
  17. Greg528iT

    Greg528iT New Member

    I'd think that as well. but, how does that barrel seat in the bushing? There should be a slight taper to the barrel at the tip that nests to the bushing and keeps the barrel pointed straight fwd.
  18. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    Greg, the barrel seats well but i do not recall having a taper, the barrel is a take off from an older colt 1991a1.

    Installed my novak trijicons today :)


    ROUND COUNT: 383

    Edit- The 91a1 barrel has no taper
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
  19. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter New Member

    11/1/11 Got my first STUPID SCRATCHES today ... Sat the slide down on the workbench without noticing the metal filings near the vise.. then gave it a gentle nudge to make room for an emergency customer bore-sight... :banghead: Bound to happen sooner or later but hoped to hold it off longer..
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
  20. dcarch

    dcarch New Member

    I got my first idiot mark the first time I tried to put the slide stop back in. :)

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