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Old 02-08-2020, 12:52 AM
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Looking for those that shoot a commander size 1911. What do you shoot and would you reccomend it.
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Old 02-08-2020, 03:10 AM
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There are a lot to choose from, personally I love commanders and shoot a few.

Wilson professional
Colt CCO
Colt combat commander- worked over by Chuck Rogers & Jim Milks
Colt Commander - worked over by Jardine & Rogers
Kimber ultra converted from 38 super to 9 by Jardine



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Old 02-08-2020, 04:25 AM
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For years I carried the Glock 19. I thought the demensions were about perfect for a carry/ home defense gun.
A few years ago my state passed a 10 round magazine limit.
I decided to go back to the 1911 and after working with the full size, officers and even the CCO size. I decided the Commander was the perfect size for carry and shootability.
I also decided that the steel frame version was better than the Alumnium.

So I own four commanders at this time, All are Colts.

The one I carry is a Stainless Commander. I did some work on it and Bob Reeves at Nighthawk did some more.
I run Wilson Elite mags which give me 8 rounds and one in the chamber.
So It's very close to our 10 round limit, but with a more powerful cartridge.
My carry round is 230 grain Speer Gold dot ( Non +P). Also Federal 230 Gr HST has been tested and that would be my second choice for carry ammo.
Very accurate and good looking.

I will also add that every Commanders I have come across had some type of reliability issue out of the box and may take some time to tweak it out.
But I feel it's worth it.
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Old 02-08-2020, 04:56 AM
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DW VBob that I've had about10 years. Been perfect from the git go. SD loads of 185 jhp's at a little over 1000 fps. Use Tripp 10 rd. Mags.

Only thing I have done to it is that I had Robar coat it with NP3+. One of the hazards of living only a few minutes away from the factory.

It's my go to pistol for most applications, and would recommend.

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Old 02-08-2020, 06:36 AM
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DW VBOB with 230 ball or 230 HST. Wilson ULC Commander.

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Old 02-08-2020, 07:00 AM
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My last 2 1911s are Guncrafter commander size pistols. Ive got 4 government and 1 CCO framed. Of the commanders, One is an all steel 45, the other is a bobtailed aluminum framed 9mm. Both great guns. Nothing to fear in a aluminum lightweight if you want one, imho.
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Old 02-08-2020, 07:33 AM
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I have a SACS ( Springfield Armory Custom Shop ) Commander in 9mm that is
a Joy to shoot .

Then I just got my Dream Commander an ACW carry in 45 acp . Its awesome
shooting and awesome looking as well as fit and finish , blued greatness .

https://alchemy1911.com/classic-carry/


Good luck looking for your pistol .

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Old 02-08-2020, 07:51 AM
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For EDC??

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Looking for those that shoot a commander size 1911. What do you shoot and would you reccomend it.

Shooting is a pretty generic term. Are you planning on general range use, competition or EDC?

Considering the requirements for use and comfort the commander is just about "Right"! And why not alloy for the reduced weight? Why not 9mm for the extra rounds?

For other uses, that determines the requirement for the longer barrel.

Although I have one 5", 1911 for EDC, my favorite is "commander" size for EDC. Caliber is irrelevant above 125 Power Factor!

All the best,
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:10 AM
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After decades of different 1911 pistols I got my first Commander a little over a year ago. Mine is a .45 Combat Commander made in 1991. The different balance makes for a very nice handling pistol.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:46 AM
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After getting my first LW Commander I have had little interest in Govt models, or all steel guns for that matter. They just handle, carry and shoot so well.
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Old 02-08-2020, 12:11 PM
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Years ago, I routinely carried a Government model. At some point I decided that it sure was heavy, and bought a lightweight Commander. Much more comfortable than the heavier Government for carry all day. Very practical gun IMHO.

I'd also owned an all steel Combat Commander. For me, there was no advantage at all with the CC. Weighed almost as much as the Government model, and the 3/4" shorter slide and barrel were of no consequence.

Bottom line: I like the Commanders and were I to start carrying a Commander again, it would definitely be the lightweight version....
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Old 02-08-2020, 01:42 PM
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I prefer Commander size 1911's over Government size 1911's. But for carry, I'll take an Officer's frame every time.
My current carry 1911's are Wilson compacts, with four inch barrels, and a worked over Colt Defender. All of them are bull barreled guns, that I find just as dependable as the bushing barreled guns I have.
After carrying Officer's size framed 1911's, I really notice when I do on occasion carry one of my Commanders. The primary difference is that I feel the butt of the gun pressing against the seat of my car, and catching on chairs if I sit down.
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Old 02-08-2020, 02:29 PM
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My EDC is a .45acp DW CBob, for about the last 12 years. Bought it new, it was everything I wanted in a carry gun. Still is. 230gr HP. Bigger holes equals more leakage. Leakage is good....
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Old 02-08-2020, 04:52 PM
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I currently carry a Wilson CCO, which is a short Commander. But, will getting a Nighthawk Border Special this year, which is a true Commander, but is bobtailed.
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Old 02-08-2020, 05:50 PM
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Sig Fastback is my favorite Commander sized pistols that I own
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:10 AM
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Sig Fastback is my favorite Commander size as well. Don't want to get thrown off the forum but I prefer the 357 sig round to the 45 acp.
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:14 AM
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My current carry pistol is a Wilson Combat ULC Commander Compact. It's great.
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:46 AM
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Carried a Colt Combat Commander that I sunk a lot of time and money in. It was sufficient for a long time. But I started thinking about a lightweight model , and when Remington was phasing out the Para USA brand , I picked up an Expert Lightweight for $300 after $100 rebate.

Wow , what a pistol. Accurate , reliable , with all the cool 'combat' features. Lots of folks put these Remington-Paras down , but I couldn't be happier.
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:54 AM
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Colt Combat Commander Stainless .45acp. Tripp 7 round in the pistol with 230gr Gold Dots. Spare magazines are Tripp 8 rounders. Milt Sparks belt, SSII and double magazine pouch.

Trigger work by me, 20lb recoil spring with Wilson buff. Arched housing with C&S short trigger, EGW ambi safety and EGW flat firing pin stop. All of the fiddly 80 series parts are in a parts bin. Shim installed.

I shoot this pistol out to 50 yards with my cast bullet handloads. Works very well.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:51 AM
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I shoot this pistol out to 50 yards with my cast bullet handloads. Works very well.
What comprises your 50 yard target, paper?, steel? Size?
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Old 02-09-2020, 11:14 AM
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My preference over the years has drifted to a handgun that's fairly easy to carry and be used in home self defense. The steel 1911's and larger Sigs and revolvers have been sold. Since 2006, I've carried the venerable Glock 19 and a few years later... the DW CCO 1911 .45ACP. I've found this lightweight Commander with officer's seven round mag, the ideal carry 1911, that's an excellent bedside pistol. 230 gr Gold Dot JHP's with a spare mag, this will also work perfectly if Colorado moves to mag capacity less than ten. YMMV.
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Old 02-09-2020, 04:25 PM
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I shoot a steel framed Commander better than a lightweight one. I carry for shooting as a priority, not comfort. But, with good clothing, gun belt, and holster, carrying a few extra ounces because of the steel vs. aluminum is no real burden on my mid 60s body. My EDC is a Volkmann Combatant Carry in .45acp. It has an NP3 finish and steel Bobtailed frame. I love it.
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Old 02-09-2020, 05:07 PM
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I have fewer than 1000 rounds through mine, and it's one of the least accurate guns I own, but it's "minute of two-legged varmint" accurate, and I have carried it a few times.
Most of the ammo I've shot through it has been 200gr handloads, but I bought 185gr Critical Defense for carry, to protect the alloy feedramp.
I've gone to a much-smaller 9mm for daily use, but if I thought I needed a bigger bullet, the Commander is a good choice.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:28 AM
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Since retirement last year I carry an early 1980ís built Combat Commander. Had the NP3 treatment before Robar closed...they added a beaver tail and Novak low profile night sights at my request. I use Golden Saber Bonded 230 gr JHP. Carry in a Milt Sparks VM2. Works well.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:53 AM
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DW CBOB, 2008 version.

Had it @ 10 years so far.

Excellent pistol! I cast 230g TC from a Lee mould and load them over 5.3g W231/HP38.

Accurate, well balanced, reliable.

My friend has a late 60's Colt Lt Commander. His is excellent as well.

Commander is perfect IMO, right balance and feel, 4.25" barrel allows a barrel bushing.
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