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Old 02-10-2020, 03:15 PM
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I'm not sure you are considering the 4" compact 45 a Commander size, but my Range Officer 45 Compact has been an excellent carry gun and shooter for several years. I have made very few changes other than grips, short trigger, and Gunsite Lo Munt Safety. It has literally been a 100% reliable with my 230gr HST carry ammo or reloads, including the 200gr lead coated SWC. I have also had Colt Commanders in the past with excellent results. Just missed out on a Wiley Clapp Commander last week, darn it.
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Old 02-10-2020, 04:13 PM
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I've owned a number of Colt Commanders over the years. Great guns for whatever you need a pistol for and just about the perfect carry piece. My usual carry load is Federal Hi-Shok 230gr JHP. Currently I have two Commanders, a LW Wiley Clapp (my EDC) that was built by David Clevinger, and a Marc Krebs custom ORM 1991A1. My son's EDC and house gun is a Commander that I had built for him when he got into special operations several years ago. I would not hesitate to buy another.



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Old 02-10-2020, 05:51 PM
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I have a Ruger CMD in 45, really like it, it's a shooter.
A Colt Wiley Clapp lightweight, great gun, it's also a 45
Newest is a Dan Wesson Valkyrie Commander 9MM

I may like Commanders better than the 5" guns. The lightweight ones are about the size of a G19 and only slightly heavier.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:39 PM
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I think you should get the LW Commander. Ive shot the LW & steel models, I prefer the LW for carry they are a dream to carry. My preferred load is the Rem. 230gr Golden Saber. Very accurate & functions 100% .
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:44 PM
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I have 3 Commander (sized 1911's)

I have a Ruger 9mm, an RIA 9mm/22/TCM, and a Frankengun (Caspian frame/Colt upper) in 38super (this one is in getting a pedigree though. I sure hope it comes back soon
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:12 PM
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I did a lot of research before choosing my first and only 1911. I wanted 45, commander bob tail for CC. I handled a lot, shot a few. I finally chose a DW Guardian. Over 500 rounds through it. It has performed flawlessly. I know there are better but it fit my budget. I know everyone has their favorites for a million reasons but I feel I made the best choice for me. And I couldn't be happier......till I get my hands on that Nighthawk Border Special.
Happy hunting.
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Old 02-11-2020, 02:22 PM
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I have a Ruger Commander on my hip in an IWB. I almost always carry it even when going to GSSF Matches simply because I shoot a 1911 better than a Glock.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:15 PM
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Love them for carry. My current one is a Colt/Talo Clapp Commander from 2013. Lovely pistol.



Several other Colts and a few Rugers and they make nice Commander size pistols they call CMDs.



Have a couple S&Ws and they make nice pistols but of course have the external extractor. An interesting one I have is my DW Classic Commander size in 10mm. Nice pistol.

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Old 02-11-2020, 06:21 PM
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The Commander sized guns are just about right.

For carry that is. I bought a (Commander sized) Les Baer custom carry in .38 super in May of last year. It is just the ticket.
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:40 PM
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Iíve got three Commander sized 1911ís and three Officerís. The Officer-framed versions are great carry pieces, and the accuracy of my Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra in 9mm is excellent. My Commander 1911ís are a Colt LW Commander in 45ACP, a Kimber Ultra Carry in 9mm, and Dan Wesson Valkyrie, also in 9mm. Iíve been shooting the Kimber for some time now, made two or three minor changes, plus better sights. As much as I like the DW, I believe I can depend absolutely on both the reliability and accuracy of the Ultra Carry.
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:59 PM
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Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander 9mm and stainless Kimber ProCarry (EDC) 9mm. Both are loaded with HeavyShot frangibles.
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Old 02-12-2020, 06:02 PM
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Sig C3, short frame, very accurate, in 45acp
Kimber Pro Carry II in 9mm, wifeís gun, alloy frame, great shooter
Kimber Aegis, optic sight, steel frame, round butt, in 9mm..WOW!
I like all my 1911s, theyíre like whiskey....ainít no bad ones...jusí some better than others!!
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Old 02-12-2020, 06:10 PM
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Wow - lots of good counsel here.

Here’s my recent experience, all 9mm:

Colt lightweight: performs well but Ian not crazy about the standard barrel and aluminum frame, so the bullet nose hits the aluminum feed ramp. I removed the Series 80 bits. Never failed though.

STI all-steel: one of the older single stacks. Bushingless barrel and SOLID - no MIM parts! I bought an aftermarket threaded barrel for suppressor use. Reliable as an anvil - and almost as heavy.

Dan Wesson: I forget the model name, but it’s the bobtail aluminum frame. Ramped barrel. Very well fitted. Accurate. Reliable. Good night sights stock.

My advice? Buy the Dan Wesson and shoot.
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Old 02-12-2020, 06:39 PM
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Dan Wesson 1911 Vigil CCO. Light, perfectly balanced, accurate, and a perfect carry gun in .45acp.

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Old 02-12-2020, 07:19 PM
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My EDC is a Kimber Eclipse Pro, Wilson mags, 230gr Hornady XTP.
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:33 PM
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I carry a Colt CCO I put together from a early model LW Colt Officer's frame and a Colt Commander slide. Slim and light in a Milt Sparks SSll and very accurate even with my old eyes. I picked up a Wiley Clapp CCO a few years ago so now I have 2 CCO's both 45acp. Like others have said I find the CCO has just the right balance and feel in my hand.
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:43 PM
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I have four Commanders; a Colt Combat Commander in 45 ACP, a Ruger SR 1911 Commander in 45 ACP, a Ruger Lightweight Commander in 9mm and Dan Wesson Guardian Lightweight in 38 Super. I carried a Colt Lightweight Commander in 38 Super for about a year. I now carry the Dan Wesson for EDC. I was a law enforcement officer for 38 years and I strap on my EDC every morning when I put on my pants.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:59 PM
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Colt 9mm light-weight commander was just the right weight for a local competitive (strength limited) shooter (who found Range Officer 9mm too heavy). However, the rattle of the colt proved too distracting - hay, some people get distracted by minor things.
The solution was a Dan Wesson Valkyrie (commander barrel and officer height - light frame, 9mm). Solid! Tight! All excellent parts and fit! Replaced its two-dot night sights with usable sights and it is as accurate as a 1911 can be. Today, DW makes a slightly less expensive version that might not have quite the external finish, but still has superb performance. Best value and satisfaction in a 1911 is a selection from DW.
That said, some old Kimbers are good and Ruger makes some 1911 that are almost tight while being lighter and less expensive.

In plastic, I shoot commander size M&P9 M2.0 9mm with 4.25 barrel in competition. Change sear to Apex two-dot sear and add adjustable sights for a good tool.
Has to fit both in hand(s) and has to point when shooting and one must shoot to learn if it is the one.
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Old 02-12-2020, 09:34 PM
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The first gun I ever bought was an early stainless Colt Combat Commander back in '89. It wasn't my first choice--I wanted an M1911A1 clone. After years of handling and shooting, it strikes me as the best balanced and proportioned; the GI clone I finally got just seems too long and unbalanced.
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Old 02-12-2020, 10:27 PM
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I've owned several Gov't Models over the years, including a Colt Sistema (Model 1927), but now I'm down to to just one 1911, an all-stainless Commander XSE. I bought it new in 2010; I'm a southpaw, and I liked that it was built with an ambidextrous thumb safety. It was my EDC for a number of years, but now my EDC is one of a pair of Glock 17s. The Commander is the prettiest gun I own; it's my barbecue gun, should I ever need one. I haven't carried or shot the Commander in years, but I won't sell it; I think everybody should own at least one Model 1911. And mine is in Condition One in a place I can get to easily.
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:03 AM
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The Commander is the perfect size for me. I have three - a Colt Combat Commander worked over by WC about 20 years ago into what they called then a “Master Grade LTD” in 45 ACP. My other two are both WC 9mms - one a Tac Carry steel frame and the other a Hackathorn Special lightweight Commander.

The Colt/WC 45 is the most accurate centerfire handgun I own.

But my favorite and the one I shoot the most and carry is the Hackathorn Special. It balances perfect for me and I think a Commander in 9mm and a lightweight is the perfect 1911. It is superbly accurate with Federal 124 HSTs and frankly pretty much anything I feed it.

I had a Wiley Clapp Colt LW Commander in 45 and frankly I think it is a great value for the price and wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another in 9mm.

No matter what you pick - I think you’ll be really pleased with a Commander length 1911.
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:10 AM
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I have one... a Colt Commander made in 1980, acquired in 1982 & reworked by our departmental gunsmith a year later, and been my constant companion since. It generally eats Winchester Black Talons, tho' it also seems to love the old Speer "flying ashtrays". While it has only needed to be shot during qualifying, it has always delivered near perfect scores. I have shot it uncounted times in competition, and with ammo matching that of it's more menacing nature, it's never failed to complete all tasks.

And while it may not be the best looking gal at the ball... it's really reassuring to know that she matches moves with me just fine!
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:27 AM
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Some years ago I bought an RIA Compact Officers base Model 1911/.45, & worked it over to my preference. I don't have a much $$ in it - but it runs great & I enjoy shooting it + I'm not ashamed of it. The grips are Buffalo horn (other stuff is easily recognizable). Highly recommended.
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:03 AM
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:17 PM
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Looking for those that shoot a commander size 1911. What do you shoot and would you reccomend it.
Miles42, have you made a choice yet?
Good hunting.
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