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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. Greg528iT

    Greg528iT Well-Known Member

    It might just be a Springfield design. My (2) 5" Springers have a neck down just aft of the barrel end. Like the bigger taper of the Bull barrels, but very slight. I see how such a taper would allow the barrel to pivot on the link easier, when the slide retracts, but allows a very snug fit when in battery.
  2. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    The 70 series Colts and the earlier 80 series have a taper too.
  3. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    The Trigger

    I am just amazed at the trigger on this piece- Glass breakingly crisp... I wish I could find out how a factory production 80 series trigger can be this clean..

    I don't have an accurate way to measure the weight but my gut says 4 lbs - its no 70 series Gold Cup but there is NO creep-

    Dammit... Now I got it in my head to detail strip in again to take a closer look.. brb


    The sear and disconnector are most definitely MIM but the sear contact surface seems to be pretty smooth and the wear marks from the hammer hooks are even, a good sign.. The disconnector has a high polished look to it. The hammer hooks have been ground back to the same depth as the mating sear surface (note the photo gives the illusion of longer hammer hooks but that is not the case) (this is critical in a good trigger job- too often though, a home job will remove too much, do it unevenly, or both.. causing hammer follow)

    The 80 series plunger levers seem to be stamp cut steel. they are polished and de-burred from the factory as well. (they are just as shiny as the disconnector but this is not seen in the photo due to their angle.)

    The plunger in the slide does not seem to feel any different than other 80 series Colts that Ive handled.

    Anyway... its a crisp trigger :)
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011
  4. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    My S80 Commander is creep free, and breaks crisply at 4.75# as measured on a Lyman digital..... right out of the box.

    So nice.....
  5. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    50 rounds of PMC Bronze today- using 4 Wilson 10 rounders and one no name 10 rnd mag. No malfunctions.

    Round Count: 433
  6. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    Buddy of mine showed up with his Glock 19 and challenged me to a shoot- 7 rounds each- he lost :)

    Round count 440
  7. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    Put a mag into a stump today

    Round Count 448
  8. para38super

    para38super Active Member

    I love hearing your updates, have you done anything to your Colt 8rd mags to make them work?
  9. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    Not yet, being lazy, still using old Colt 7 rounders and some 8 rnd wilsons... :)
  10. para38super

    para38super Active Member

    I have been using Colt 7rd mags and Wilson mags as well. Please lets us know when you fixed them and how you fixed them.

    Do your Colt 8rd mags have a teflon coated follower with a skirt or are they with out a skirt?
  11. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    I can not say for sure whether the follower is teflon coated but it is not the same as the older 7 round mags. It looks like you could call is skirted. I may go ahead and order springs this week.. I may even replace all my mag springs while I'm at it.

    I will post a photo of the components when I do the spring swap
  12. para38super

    para38super Active Member

    Just make sure you get the right springs for those Colt 8rd mags. If the mag has a skirt it will use a different spring vs the follower without the skirt. I believe the mags with the skirt use a Checkamte propietary spring.
  13. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    Happy Turkey Day- Not much to report- Haven't fired it for a while but it has been a regular companion with me over the last few weeks. I'm adapting to it well as an instinctive, comfortable, go to firearm. I simply trust it!
  14. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    Visited some family today. My cousin and I had planned on doing some shooting and after hearing about about it a friend of his from church asked if he and his son could come out and try shooting firearms for the first time. My cousin and I made a good show out of it and took out two AR-15s, an M14, an AK47 with a 75 round drum (All semi-auto.. no fun switch here) Also took out a Ruger MkII Target, a S&W K22, S&W M28, a 10/22 and my Commander.
    After a safety lesson for the new folk we let the fun commence- The biggest hits with the youngsters (three adults and four children under 16) were the Ruger MK II and the AK.

    Well, enough of Hijacking my own thread so on with the Colt :p

    Shot 50 rounds through the 5 Wilson 10 rounders. Both of the two newbies limp-wristed their first round despite my advising them to grip the firearm firmly. Guess they actually had feel a rounds recoil before understanding.. In both cases they each finished off the remaining 9 rounds without mishap. The dad is thinking of a 1911 with a .22 conversion as his first gun.

    The limp-wristing has made me wonder about how I do a pistol report here. Would it be benneficial to readers popping in on later pages to see a detailed round count report?

    Round count: 498
    Pistol failures: 0
    Mag related failures: 3
    Shooter related failures: 2
    Ammo related failures: 0

    Or am I splitting hairs like an OCD girly-man? :eek:
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011
  15. para38super

    para38super Active Member

    I am a believer of limb wristing, but I know, many are not. If the gun does not malfunction with you, you should be fine. But the gun malfunction on the second round of the mag, not the first round, right? Becuase the first round of the mag would not have anything to do with limb wristing.
  16. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    sorry- you're right! it was the second round (the second round did not cycle after the firing of the first round)

    limp wristing does happen.. the frame of a semi-auto is most reliable when gripped firmly.. if the the grip is loose the frame will torque back and short stroke the slide.

    thanks for pointing that out
  17. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    50 rounds today

    Round count: 548
    Pistol failures: 0
    Mag related failures: 3
    Shooter related failures: 2
    Ammo related failures: 0
  18. para38super

    para38super Active Member

    Sounds like it is working just fine for you now, we need some updated pics now.
  19. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    Sat down to upload some holiday photos and thought I'd snap a couple quick shots. She has been with me constantly but really haven't done anything other than that.. no shots, no disassembly, no nothing, still only cleaned that once back around the 250 mark. Gettin the itch though ;)


  20. War Eagle

    War Eagle Well-Known Member

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