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Best lightweight commander-size 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Rick O'Shea, Nov 2, 2007.

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  1. Rick O'Shea

    Rick O'Shea Member

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    Talking about value as well as quality, here.

    I've recently become intrigued by the idea of a lightweight commander .45 1911 for carry.

    Well, last night at my friendly gun-rental range I shot a Kimber alloy frame, and... oh boy!

    As I jokingly told the guy at the counter - this gun has everything I, as a 1911 traditionalist, dislike: a firing pin safety, a full-length guide rod, even a bushingless bull barrel.

    The hitch? The dadgum thing kept putting all the bullets into one hole. Seriously, the phrase that occurred to me was one I had read about a gun being "monotonously accurate".

    The other hitch?
    When I went down to the shop area of the range (along with another shooter who was likewise very interested in this little gem), we saw prices starting at a cool grand and climbing rapidly upward.

    Fellas, my Springfield GI was less than half that (I've probably put several hundred into it since, but not all at once; 'nother story...).

    Is there any such thing as a good, old-fashioned no-frills lightweight commander out there that a good 'ol boy can take down with his fingers like JMB intended?

    Something that won't cost me a divorce+$1000?

    Maybe throw in that one-hole accuracy thing?

    I ask too much, but I'm in love and it hurts.

    Help me THR members, you're my only hope...
    (actually, I might also post this on 1911.org - but you guys get first crack at me..)

    Thanks in advance,
    Rick
     
  2. Walkalong

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    A gun that will keep puttin' em in the same hole will do that to a fella. :neener:
     
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  4. Ala Dan

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    Another vote for the Smith & Wesson Scandium (PD) Commander length
    firearms. If you don't believe me, take a quick trip to your favorite gun-
    shop and ask to see one. Inspect this fine firearm, making sure its clear
    of a loaded round in the chamber. Now, cock the weapon letting the slide
    return to battery. Push down on the barrel hood, checking for the slightest
    movement. I think you will be pleasantly surprised (in most cases) too see
    that there is absolutely no movement- just the way it should be. It earns
    my vote as the best 1911 Commander length carry gun in the current US
    market~!
     
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    A third vote for S&W. I picked up a 1911Sc Commander back in May and it has been excellent so far.
     
  6. Ghost Tracker

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    There's WAY too much agreement going on here this morning gents! The S&W 1911Sc Commander is THE current pick-of-the-litter among LW 4.15" 1911 designs.
     
  7. Z_Infidel

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    Here's another vote for the S&W pistol. I had a SW1911SC before I bought my current full size SW1911 and it was a very nice gun. It was accurate and handled recoil better than you might expect.
     
  8. Rick O'Shea

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    Holy Cow!

    A consensus of opinion!

    I checked it out on the website, and it looks sweet...
    AND.. it's a Smith!
    Xavier's blessing is just icing on the cake (I'm as big a nut about old S&W wheelguns as he is).

    And yes, I paid attention to the recoil factor last night; really not significant. I was very pleasantly surprised.

    "Honey, guess what I want for Christmas?" :D .
     
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    I just picked up a Springfield Champion alloy frame bushingless 4" gun. It's the no frills GI model. Got it used for about $375. Haven't shot it yet (that's on Sunday), but it handles nicely.
     
  10. Rick O'Shea

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    jjminch,

    Let us know how you like it, please.

    I like my full-size GI, and that sounds a lot closer to my price range (actually that sounds like a freaky good deal!)

    Thanks again for all the input, Roaders...
    Rick
     
  11. Spartacus451

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    From a previous post:
    If I could buy any 1911 I wanted (and I can't) I would get a Springfield armory lightweight. Unfortunately they don't seem to offer a lightweight commander right now.
     
  12. sholling

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    I have to second the S&W SW1911PD
     
  13. MICHAEL T

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    I have a 2 Colt LTW Commanders Early 9mm and a lot newer 45.
     
  14. Slvr Surfr

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    Yup, Another vote for the SW Scandium commander. Its my off duty carry piece and is one of the most comfortable guns I've carried. Its as accurate as can be. I like the gun so much its at Jess's (On target CGW) getting upgraded.

    I have not had any issues with the extractor not operating as it should.

    [​IMG]
     
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    how about the taurus pt 1911? it's a little bigger than the commander, but it's lightweight, and shoots well.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I own the S&W 1911PD with the Crimson Trace grips. Great gun. I did have one slight issue with brass in the forehead. A little bit of filing on the ejector resolved that. I have it bedside, and will carry it if I want more power than my CZP-01.

    I have the SA Black Stainless loaded as well. The S&W had a MUCH better trigger out of the box.
     
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    My Gunsite 1911PD has a GI guide rod,is dehorned ,very light trigger tight tolerances everywhere.It is not has accurate as a Full on Custom Combat commander or 1911, but weighs ALOT less, which is the key for CCW. It has over 5K rounds, with no malfs. I had S&W replace the gold bead front sight with a Tritium one and fit a new extractor sring and pin and return the old one that still worked fine.
     
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    Is the Gunsite the only version that has the normal GI guide rod assembly? And does that mean that it has a normal barrel with a bushing as well?
     
  19. Shooters Plus

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    Not sure which Kimber you shot but the Pro Carry alloy frames can be purchased at well under a grand. I've seen them new for around 695. for stainless. Not a true commander size though as it is a 4" rather than 4.25".

    Good luck :)
     
  20. Safety First

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    I love my Sc,as couple of others mentioned, just minor complaints, like the brass hitting me in the head once in a while...Very good chance that down the road I will add a PD , simply an excellent carry gun at a reasonable price.
     
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    Colt still makes Lightweight Commander's and they are great.
     
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    I like the Colt LW Commander XSE.
     
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    S&W 1911Sc: "Two Thumbs Up" from me. I have one. It's my daily carry gun most days.
    Look for an article about it in the next issue of Concealed Carry Magazine.
     
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