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Colts XSE or S&W 1911 SC

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by stogiegila, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. stogiegila

    stogiegila Well-Known Member

    I'm struggling with a decision whether to get the Colt XSE in commander size or the S&W 1911 PD (scandium) or Stainless also in commander size.

    I'm convinced that I want the commander 4.25" size, but both the Colt and S&W seem to be very comparable. The S&W is approx. 8 ounces lighter due to the scandium frame, but if I go stainless, any weight savings is lost. But availability is harder :cuss:


    PS..anyone interseted in a G19 3rd Gen ;)
  2. Texas Colt

    Texas Colt Well-Known Member

    I would personally go with the Colt. I have a stainless XSE and I love it!

    If you want the lighter weight frame, get the Colt Lightweight XSE.
  3. schmeky

    schmeky Well-Known Member

    I recently bought a Colt Commander XSE stainless with a stainless frame. I am not impressed with the overall workmanship of my particular pistol.

    My early model Kimber Classic Custom is superior in all regards as compared to the Colt. I suspect the S&W will be as well, although I do not own a S&W 1911.
  4. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I've got an older XSE that has been absolutely a joy to own & shoot! Recommend them highly! :D
  5. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    I don't own the S&W scandium frame commander length 1911; but I do own
    the all stainless 5" S&W 1911, product code #108282. It has run flawlessly
    from day one and has the Novak sights, beavertail grip safety, skeletonized
    trigger, and combat hammer. Just knowing that this particular gun runs right
    along side my more expensive Les Baer TRS, and without any problems; I'd
    have too vote for the S&W~! :scrutiny: ;) :D
  6. longeyes

    longeyes member

    You'll find the weight difference significant (Scandium S&W vs steel Colt). I don't own a Colt Commander but I do own the S&W PD and so far it's proven to be a very good pistol in all respects.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2007
  7. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    That IS a hard decision! I'll tell you I have several nice Combat Commanders (series 70's) and CCW my S&W1911PD instead, half a pound being alot. They both are reliable, my Gunsite Edition is dehorned with super Novak Gold bead sights.The S&W is everybit as accurate as a standard Colt Commander, it would take a Barsto Barrel to beat the S&W. The trigger on the S&Ws I've seen is much better than newer 80 series Colt, MUCH better.:)
  8. bofe954

    bofe954 Well-Known Member

    I can't find a weight on Colt's site but the aluminum framed XSE (O4860XSE) should weigh about the same as a scandium S+W. It may be a little different but not 8 oz.

    The grip safety is a different shape on the Colt, I am not sure if you would really feel the difference, but you might.
  9. fastbolt

    fastbolt Well-Known Member

    I had occasion to buy a Colt Stainless Government XSE and then a SW1911Sc 5".

    Both are fine examples of the 1911-type design. The XSE was my 4th Colt Model O Pistol.

    If I buy another 1911-type pistol ... it'll be another SW1911.;)

    I've been thinking about one of the Gunsite SW1911PD's, too. It would replace the original Colt Lightweight Commander I so foolishly traded off in the early 70's.

    Oh yeah, about having bought both a Colt XSE and a SW1911 ...

    When I reach into the safe to pick a 1911 to shoot for an extended range session, it's the SW1911Sc. ;)
  10. dairycreek

    dairycreek Well-Known Member

    Can't tell you which you should choose but can tell you my personal experience with the S&W 1911Sc. I have owned and carried mine for about two years and, as you can see from the pic, it is an early model with the
    "billboard" on the side [​IMG]
    It is a Commander model and unoaded weight just 26 ounces which allows me to carry it in a IWB FIST #1 Clip holster [​IMG]
    Because of its weight it has been a marvelous concealed carry piece. It has been 100% reliable across its life so far and accuracy is more than just reasonable. I certainly recommend it without reservation.
  11. stogiegila

    stogiegila Well-Known Member

    Great Info


    I love the pics!
  12. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member

    Go with the Colt Lightweight Commander XSE.
  13. rellascout

    rellascout member

    Colt better resale value and no schwartz safety.
  14. romma

    romma Well-Known Member

    Go with the Smith scandium! You know you want it! :)
  15. larry starling

    larry starling Well-Known Member

    Go with the Colt. My XSE's have been great...I can't say the same for my S&W or any kimber I have owned......:cool:
  16. mike56

    mike56 Member

    Just finished the exact same "shopping" myself.
    I had and sold an early SW 1911. Had some problems, they very quickly took care of. But accuracy was never very good compared to my 5 inch guns.

    Found that the new Smith 1911and the colt lightweight commander had a $20 price difference.

    Had advice from some smith's that at the end of the day, the colt would be worth more. I did buy the colt and it has functioned great.

    One point I overlooked, was customizing the frame. The colt frame is anodized aluminum, with a teflon coating for hardness. Any modifications (checkering) will requie more cost to re-finish.
    That's were the Smith scandium pays off.
  17. lev83

    lev83 Well-Known Member

    Not sure I understand the question...arent all 1911's made by Colt. Just kidding but I too think you should opt for the Colt
  18. treebeard

    treebeard Well-Known Member

    I had one of the more recent 1911SC's and while it was light and felt good in my hand I did not like the recoil while shooting 230gr. bullets, therefore I traded it.
  19. Biggums

    Biggums Well-Known Member


    I'd run with the Colt. I think they are the ""real deal" that will protect you and hold value all at the same time.
  20. Slvr Surfr

    Slvr Surfr Well-Known Member

    Ive got the Scandium commander for CCW. Its the way to go. I think bang for buck they are the best! I think the Scandium will also go a long way toward longevity as well.


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