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Old 04-14-2010, 02:37 AM
LoneWolf_81 LoneWolf_81 is offline
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Colt Commander Recoil System/Trigger Questions




Hello to all..
I am new to the forum and I hope I am posting in the correct area. Please forgive me if I am not. I have owned several Kimber, Springfield and Para 1911 style weapons but recently purchased my first Colt and it is the Talo Night Commander which I bought for my new CCW. This wasn't my first choice as I was wanting a Lightweight Commander but until one comes available I decided to try this one. After receiving it I broke it down to clean it up and get it ready to take to the range to break it in. The first thing I noticed is the type of recoil system in the Commander uses and decided immediately I would like to change this to a full length guide rod recoil system. (*NOTE: This type recoil system is just MY personal preference and please understand I am not knocking the Colt system nor am I looking to start any conflict with those who prefer the Colt style. Nor am I looking for negative comments as to which is best system, who prefers which system or that I should just leave it the way it is and shoot it!) I personally prefer a full length guide rod type recoil system for my own reasons and I was wondering if anyone has also converted their Colt Commander to this type of recoil system and which one you have had the best luck with? I found several different ones at Brownell's but I noticed THIS Wilson Combat complete "drop-in" recoil system that comes with everything and is made specifically for the Commander and I was wondering if anyone has used this system and what your opinion/results were? My second change I would like to make to my new Commander is the trigger. I would like to go with a skeletonized/user adjustable type trigger and also drop it down to a crisp, creep-free 3-4# trigger and I was wondering if one of the complete "drop-in" type kits at Brownells is the way to go or am I better of going with individual components to accomplish this? I noticed that Brownells has THIS ONE from Nowlin that is a "Commander Match" drop-in trigger job in the 3-1/2# range and I was wondering if these are high quality trigger kits or if there is one that is better?
Thanks in advance for your help...
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:09 AM
MSgt Dotson MSgt Dotson is offline
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Cylinder & SLide's prepped trigger kits (sear, hammer, disconnector, trigger, sear spring) are some of the best...
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:31 AM
Mule Drool Mule Drool is offline
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...I noticed that Brownells has THIS ONE from Nowlin that is a "Commander Match" drop-in trigger job in the 3-1/2# range and I was wondering if these are high quality trigger kits or if there is one that is better?
Thanks in advance for your help...
Bryant
Bryant,
....just a quick question on the Brownell's drop-in kit.....what's the difference between a "Commander" and "full size" kit? Aren't the sear, disconnector, main spring, leaf spring, hammer and trigger all interchangable between the two?? I may be wrong---have been quite a few times in fact---just curious if there's a difference.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:53 AM
Jim Watson Jim Watson is online now
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A "Commander" hammer is the burr type and the grip safety is made to clear it. No internal mechanical difference but the hammer and grip safety must match.

I don't know the current state of the art in these lockwork sets, but there is always the risk that a "drop-in" part won't and you will have to seek out gunsmithing services to make it work.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:49 AM
LoneWolf_81 LoneWolf_81 is offline
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Thanks for all of the replies and input.

I was considering the Nowlin kit because it actually specified for a Commander size but after looking a little closer I think some of the C&S kits will work as well, they just don't specify them to be specifically for a Commander size weapon. The Nowlin kit looks nice but I don't know as much about them and I know the C&S kits are quality. I may give the Nowlin a try just for future reference for myself and my customers and if it is not quality then send it back and get a C&S. Decisions...decisions! Sometimes too many choices make decisions even tougher...LOL!

Mule Drool...I think Jim answered your question for you already and thanks for helping out Jim. You probably gave a much better and more thorough answer than I could have.

Thanks again to everyone and happy shootin'!
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