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Double Action Colt 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Holland, Feb 22, 2008.

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  1. Holland

    Holland Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    I just saw a Double Action Colt 1911 at a gun store. I had never heard of these before. The gun store owner said quote,"Colt made some of these in the 1980's before the big Double Action craze so they did not sell well so Colt stopped making them." I dry fired it in the store and it really is Double Action,I pulled the trigger and that cocked the hammer.
    My questions are:
    1. Have you or you ever heard of these,I wasn't able to find any info on them anywhere on the web?
    2. Were they really made by Colt,or is it some kind of after market conversion?
    3. Are they reliable or do they malfunction?
    4. It's for sell,for $650,do you think I should buy it?
    5. What other web sites are out there where I could find out more info on this gun?
    Question numbers 2 and 3 above are the most important to me.
    Thanks in advance for any helpfull info.
  2. B. Adams

    B. Adams Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    Vermillion, SD
    I've never heard of a double action Colt 1911. Did it actually have a Colt rollmark on the slide?

    Could it have been a Para-Ordnance double action "1911"? The price would be about right for one of those.

    If it is a real Colt, I'm guessing that it's a conversion.
  3. ClarkEMyers

    ClarkEMyers Member

    Oct 3, 2003
    A stone's throw from Henry's Fork
    Try a book if you can't find it on the web - it is on the web

    1. I've heard of it; I've even handled it; try a search with Double Eagle
    2. I can't see the pistol you are talking about but Colt really made Double Eagles - there was of course the Seecamp conversion first and the LDA after.
    Depending on markings the particular pistol is very likely an authentic Colt made Double Eagle.
    3. Pretty much as reliable as any other Colt of the period
    4. Do you want it or not? Neither so rare as to be a rare find and a great investment nor so common that you can be sure of finding another quickly.
    5. Any of the specialty 1911 websites and lots of others as well.

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2008
  4. mgregg85

    mgregg85 Member

    Mar 18, 2007
    Midland, MI
    so was the Double Eagle DAO or was it DA/SA?
  5. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    The Series 90 Double Eagle was made from 1990 to 1996, mostly in .45. 9mm and .38 Super calibers were made only in 1991, and 10mm was discontinued in 1993. There were versions in the Combat Commander format (including a .40), an Officers Model and an Officers Model Lightweight (Both .45). The only one I have actually seen and handled was the standard version.

    It was not a bad pistol, but had a rather long trigger reach that some folks didn't like. It had a hammer lowering lever, and no grip safety. It was a conventional DA/SA, and its burr hammer could be cocked for SA, but with no manual safety, it could not be carried "cocked and locked."

    It looked a lot like the standard GM except for the large trigger guard. The right side of the frame was cut away extensively for the DA mechanism (which was basically the Seecamp system) and the gap covered by extending the right grip forward.

    While the gunzines had been promoting the Seecamp, and urging Colt to produce a DA pistol, they exaggerated the market, which was not there when the gun was actually made.

    In that period, it was one of two major disasters for Colt, the other being the absolutely awful All America 2000 pistol.
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