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Old 09-04-2008, 04:42 PM
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Best Commander-style .45




My younger brother has decided to buy a .45. Years ago he shot my Colt Combat Commander and that is what he wants. Mine was pre-series 80 design and my current duty weapon is a series 70 government model so he and I only have experience with series 70 style .45's. He's pretty set on a Colt but I thought I'd ask the forum for opinions on commander size pistols.

What is the best commander style .45 manufactured today and how does it compare with the Colt Combat Commander? Thanks.
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:45 PM
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I don't think there is one answer to your question. There are several very good 1911 commanders on the market today.

Find one "you" like......
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:47 PM
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Well, my favorite commander size 1911 is the Wilson 4" Protector with bull barrel but I am VERY prejudiced.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:19 PM
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My vote goes to the Ed Brown Kobra Carry in stainless steel. I've been spoiled by mine for years. The bobtail frame is wonderful to conceal and to shoot. Top of the line quality, it will last a lifetime.

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:00 PM
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Impossible answer - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

A purist might say the original Commander with anodized
aluminum frame, Commander hammer & stock GI style grip
sadety whereas someone who puts beauty as to which one
has the most bells and whistles, and cost the most then
there's every 'canvas' in between.

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Old 09-04-2008, 07:07 PM
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Colt Commander XSE. Lightweight for carry, Stainless XSE for everything else. JMO
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:51 PM
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Colt Commander XSE. Lightweight for carry, Stainless XSE for everything else. JMO
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And sharp enough to skin a fish (or chop a good leather holster to pieces).
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:49 PM
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Why compare?

I got a Stainless Colt Commander 2 years ago and I'm very happy with it. I don't have that much experience with the 70 series pistols but I like the safety of the 80 series. If he wants a Colt get a Colt.
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:31 PM
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Thanks to all who replied. I hate to admit it but how many different manufacturers make a commander style 1911? I figured Colt, Springfield, RIA but didn't take into consideration the "custom" makers. I imagine that he'll want a "satin nickle" finish like mine was but there are better finishes today. Thanks again.
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:56 AM
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Take a gander at a stainless steel Ed Brown Executive Carry.

http://edbrown.com/htmlos.cgi/00842....43786326136631

All steel. Impeccable quality. The accuracy and reliability are as good as they come. The cost is high but not unreasonable given the quality of materials and execution.

It isn't cheap but it will outlive you given reasonable care. The Ed Brown Cobra Carry is as good and costs less. I prefer checkering to snakeskin but you might feel differently.

This weapon operates like your Series 70 and eschews mechanical crapola like Schwartz safeties and Series 80 firing pin blocks.

Mine chews ragged holes at 20 yards (bench rested) and is absolutely, boringly, reliable.

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Old 09-05-2008, 03:54 AM
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Colt still makes a nice blued 1991A1 variant, a stainless one as well, along with the XSE stainless, in both lightweight and Combat (all steel) trim....

I think any would serve well! (not a fan of the black plastic trigger or duckbill grip safety on 1991 stainless, but, both are relatively easily replaced!

Good luck!
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:58 AM
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And sharp enough to skin a fish (or chop a good leather holster to pieces).
Agreed!! Took me 2 cups of coffee to knock the edges off several of my XSE's. http://blindhogg.com/gunsmith/dehorning.html
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:11 AM
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What? No one mentioned the Dan Wesson Classic Bobtail yet? The best? I don't know, but worth considering.
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:15 AM
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4 inch Kimber

I have a number of Colt 1911s but my favorite Commander size 1911, at least for carry purposes, is this Kimber Pro CDP. It has a 4 inch barrel and no bushing, locking up on the slide, which is unlike the Commander with its 4.25 inch barrel and bushing. But this system works well and the gun has some nice features for carry:

- Melt job on slide so no sharp corners like the Colt
- Front strap checkering
- Night sights
- Ambi safety (which I replaced with a single side safety)

I also modified mine with slim grip panels, a steel checkered mainspring housing and Wilson magazines. The gun conceals well and has been perfectly reliable for me. They cost about $1000 new.



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Old 09-05-2008, 10:27 AM
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Best bang for the buck is the DW CBOB....
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:32 AM
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Best bang for the buck is the DW CBOB....
I agree
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:28 PM
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Guess I really should post a picture of a DW CBOB... FWIW I also have and love my Brown and Kimber commander size 1911s too. They are nice but $$$ to $$$ check out DW. For those of you who have not held a CBOB I recommend that you do.... Check out the parts list too... Top of the line stuff!

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Old 09-05-2008, 01:28 PM
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Is the Dan Wesson a forged or cast frame and slide? Or is that not an issue any more?
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:06 PM
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If I were to buy a Commander-sized pistol again it would need to have a 4.25" barrel. The 4" and shorter 1911s are too often a bit fussy regarding mags and ammo in my experience. As always your mileage may vary, but with just one exception all the 4.25" guns I've owned have been as reliable as a 5" Government. The one exception had a serious defect from the factory so it doesn't count.
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:40 PM
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Is the Dan Wesson a forged or cast frame and slide? Or is that not an issue any more?
Dan Wesson CBOB is a cast frame and really shouldn't be an issue. Hold one side-by-side with the other suggested choices - compare feature for feature along with price, fit & finish. With the DW's you get alot of custom-maker parts and bang for the buck. On top of that, DW customer service is topnotch.

All suggested are great pistols. Good luck with your decision!
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:54 PM
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Dan Wesson CBobs have a forged frame and slide. From the DW website:
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The Commander Classic Bobtail is a 4.25 series 70 style, commander sized 1911 featuring a stainless steel frame and forged stainless steel slide.
I really love my Ed Brown Special Forces Bobtail Commander:

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Old 09-05-2008, 09:01 PM
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Nighthawk Talon II bobtail or the CBOB in 10mm FTW!
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:34 PM
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Dan Wesson CBobs have a forged frame and slide. From the DW website:
Well, I've been wrong before...my wife likes to remind me occassionally.
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:38 PM
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I'd go with a Baer Thunder Ranch Commanche. 4 1/4 barrel with a bushing. It's perfect.
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Old 09-06-2008, 08:29 PM
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Dan Wesson CBobs have a forged frame and slide. From the DW website:

The Commander Classic Bobtail is a 4.25 series 70 style, commander sized 1911 featuring a stainless steel frame and forged stainless steel slide.
Actually, it says that the slide is forged, but only that the frame is stainless. Given that they specified that the slide is forged, but didn't say the frame was, their site seems to imply that the frame is not.
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