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Old 10-08-2013, 12:58 PM
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Durability of LW Commander?




There is a blued Series 80 Lightweight Commander for sale locally. I have been wanting a Commander, but I was looking to get a Combat Commander. How do the frames on the lightweight version hold up on these?
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:08 PM
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They wear fine. Just use magazines that do not scratch below the ramp and you will be ok.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:18 PM
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Blued LWT commanders are nice. Pics? Colt alloy is tough...don't worry. Of course someone will come on here and say they had one supernova into pieces after shooting 1 round of light target ammo.
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:16 PM
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If you can afford the ammo it'll take to wear it out you can afford to have it "Accurailed".

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Old 10-08-2013, 02:19 PM
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Thank you!
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:27 PM
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They wear fine. Just use magazines that do not scratch below the ramp and you will be ok.
+1...use only mags with polymer followers and you will be fine.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:07 PM
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Buy the SS CC if you believe you will ever make alterations that would require refinishing. You'll get used to the added weight.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:26 PM
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I would think the added weight of the Combat with steel frame would help with recoil and getting back on target quicker. I'll be looking for a Commander soon and have gone through the aluminum vs steel frame in my head more than a few times. I decided I'm waiting on an all steel model. If I were going to carry daily it would be a different story.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:45 PM
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I would check and be sure that nobody tried to polish the feed ramp. The factory anodizing on the aluminum frame which protects and hardens the surface can be polished off resulting in bullets peening the feed ramp as they exit the magazine and travel up and into the barrel throat. That peening will eventually alter the angle, shape and integrity of the feed ramp causing feeding malfunctions.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:14 PM
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I think I'm going to wait for a Combat Commander as well. I DO appreciate the input, however. You never know; I might change my mind...
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:10 PM
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I wasn't dissing LW Commanders by mentioning the anodizing and how some people mistakingly polish it off. I like the LW Commander for carry much better than the Combat Commander, because I'm pretty sensitive to the weight. I own both, but I carry the lightweight. Remember that the Beretta M9, our country's issue sidearm, has an aluminum frame, as do most modern guns. The aluminum frame will last. Just make sure that the feedramp looks okay/unmodified.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:11 AM
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I have a 1955 LW Commander in a 38 Super it is my EDC. I have also had a couple in 45's, never had a problem with any. Here's the 38 Super
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:55 AM
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You will regret not buying the L/W regardless of if you buy the CC. I don't want to listen to you cry a about not buying it and neither does anyone else. Buy the L/W then when you find a CC you want, put it on layaway.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:45 AM
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I have an older colt lightweight commander that was worked over by Bill Wilson in 1986. Thousands and thousands of rounds later, no appreciable wear. I am not the original owner so I do not have an accurate round count.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:59 AM
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If you can afford to wear one out you can go out right now and buy 20 more LW Commanders..
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:10 AM
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You will regret not buying the L/W regardless of if you buy the CC. I don't want to listen to you cry a about not buying it and neither does anyone else. Buy the L/W then when you find a CC you want, put it on layaway.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:39 AM
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I have a 1955 LW Commander in a 38 Super it is my EDC. I have also had a couple in 45's, never had a problem with any. Here's the 38 Super
You have entirely too many nice guns.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:31 AM
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You will regret not buying the L/W regardless of if you buy the CC. I don't want to listen to you cry a about not buying it and neither does anyone else. Buy the L/W then when you find a CC you want, put it on layaway.
I just did this.......

I've been looking for a while for a CC.

A couple of weeks ago a LW showed up on A-list. Sorry......camera is a little old




I bought the LW.

Still looking for CC.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:52 AM
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If the guts are in good shape I would go for it myself, although I carry and all steel pistol right now.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:24 AM
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Alloy Commanders typically go an average of about 10-12,000 rounds using standard loads before a serious crack shows up somewhere. Of course as with everything else in life your mileage may vary.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:29 AM
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I've been carrying an all steel 1991 commander for a year this month, I recently bought I LW commander, the difference is unbelievable. I say LW all the way, then pick up a CC you'll not regret it. Check out the WC commander it's awesome.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:36 PM
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And, if, and thats a really big 'if', a crack should occur, it isn't going to break the thing in half. Its still gonna work.

The LW slides of the pre 80 Commanders and Gold Cups are now a tad heavier.

Unless someone is short of things to be concerned about, this might well be close to the bottom of the 'worry' list.

None of mine have broken.

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Old 10-09-2013, 08:56 PM
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chuntaro.......That's the Pot calling the Kettle black. Thank you for your kind words.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:53 PM
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Get the alloy Commander. You will be carrying a lot more than shooting. And do you think, realistically, that if the SHTF you will be just deadly with the heavier gun?
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