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Old 02-09-2020, 06:04 PM
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1966 Colt 45 ACP Lightweight Commander

I don't think I've shared this pistol.
A 1966 Lightweight Commander in 45 ACP, 48810-LW. You don't see them very often in high condition. This one is probably as nice a 1966 vintage pistol as I've seen. The slide roll marks are exquisite, the finish unblemished, even the stocks are in great condition. The original magazine appears unused.
The photograph orientation and resolution is a little odd, I don't know why. Click on photos to change.
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:35 PM
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Gotta love it. What's better then a lightweight commander?
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:43 PM
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Amazing , thanks for sharing.

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Old 02-09-2020, 07:15 PM
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Very nice!!!
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:16 PM
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filson, very nice!

I have a 1967 Lightweight Commander in 45 ACP in mint condition. The guy who sold it to me also offered me a 1967 Lightweight Commander in Super 38 for about $100 more. I should've opted for the Super 38. I recently finished selling off all my Colts manufactured after 1946 except for two: my '67 LWC and my '51 Government Model.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:43 PM
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Wow, that is nice thanks for sharing with us.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:45 PM
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very nice op

very nice


congrats
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:05 PM
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Several days ago in the USGI and other vintage pistols, I showed a 1955 Lightweight Commander in 38 Super Automatic. It is a beautiful thing as well. One of very few still around I suspect.
Interesting that it generated only a half dozen looks and disappeared into the pack. Maybe I posted in in the wrong thread.
I should probably do as you have and start reducing the numbers. How has that gone for you?
FWIW, I've got a 67 LW commander and a 51 Government Model as well. I really like the pre 70 colts
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:38 PM
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I've never been a Commander kind of guy, but that looks really sweet.
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Old 02-09-2020, 11:03 PM
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Several days ago in the USGI and other vintage pistols, I showed a 1955 Lightweight Commander in 38 Super Automatic...Interesting that it generated only a half dozen looks and disappeared into the pack.
My guess is that the demographics of this forum shift every so often. You may get a population during a certain time period, and they love the vintage stuff. Then they slowly move on and another population moves in, and they love the more recent stuff.
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I should probably do as you have and start reducing the numbers. How has that gone for you?
It has gone well all things considered. Selling off guns takes quite a bit of effort especially if selling many. But I got the money that I needed and invested most of the money in dividend paying stocks. I spent some of the money from my sales to get new rifles, rifle gear, and reloading equipment and components.
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Old 02-10-2020, 12:14 AM
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I have the exact same gun only a year older.

Colt Commander .45 acp lightweight, with papers and box. Same condition as well as in, like new.

Need some better pictures though. One has it next to my 1950 Colt Official police revolver in .22 rimfire. The only other Colt that I have with Coltwood grips.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:33 AM
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Nice example of an older Commander. Of course all Commanders were "light weight" until 1970 when the Combat Commander was introduced.
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Old 02-10-2020, 04:57 PM
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You may be right about demographics. They change over time as do the interests of the members. There are fewer and fewer who have seen and held a quality post WWII pre 70 pistols. Heck, the first post war Government Model is seventy four years old now and the last BB variant is fifty.
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:36 PM
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Very, Very, Nice! I do wish I had one like it!
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:56 PM
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Thats a Beauty! Who doesn't love an original old Colt. I have a 69 GCNM but I'd love to add a 60s LWC just like that one...

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Old 02-11-2020, 06:48 AM
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Itís Crazy Excellent Condition!

I found a Ď76 CLW in 2007 that was in excellent condition. I thought about keeping it stock, but I had a reservation with a known gunsmith. About 18 months later, I had a beautiful commander and no regrets.

Great acquisition! Whatís the value?
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:42 AM
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As a LWC owner myself, that is a gorgous pistol!
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Old 02-12-2020, 01:57 PM
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That is very nice....thank you for sharing
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Old 02-12-2020, 06:29 PM
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Nice Colt Commander. I don't think the "Lightweight" name was added until after 1970 or so when they started making a steel version.
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:54 PM
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Possibly they did not add it to the roll mark, I will check.

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Nice Colt Commander. I don't think the "Lightweight" name was added until after 1970 or so when they started making a steel version.
But the papers that came with my 1965 era gun call it a lightweight Commander. You can see this in the third picture that I posted.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:18 PM
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But the papers that came with my 1965 era gun call it a lightweight Commander. You can see this in the third picture that I posted.
Not surprised considering Colt thinks series 70 goes back to the original JMB design

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Old 02-12-2020, 08:33 PM
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I had a lightweight Commander of 1970s vintage way back in the early 90s. I really liked that gun and carried it often, but being a relative 1911 newbie back then I fell for the old stories that an aluminum 1911 frame was only good for a few thousand rounds, so I traded it off. It's just one of many guns I once had that I badly wish I could have back.
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Old 02-12-2020, 09:15 PM
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I'm having a hard time understanding the discussion of the pistol being a Commander or a Lightweight commander. Here is what Mr Clawson said in his book "Colt .45 Government Models". Page 92
"In late 1949, Colt introduced a new family of automatic pistols modeled after the Government Model: the Lightweight Commander in calibers .45 automatic, Super .38 and 9mm Luger."
That pretty much sets the bar in my opinion.
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Old 02-12-2020, 09:51 PM
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What does yours say on the slide filson?

I am too lazy to go up to the shop to look at mine right now. Since this thread seems to have a bit of life. I am going to have to try and take some better pictures of mine tomorrow, if the rain stops.
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:25 AM
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Truly an outstanding example, Sir! Much thanks for sharing it with us!!
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