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Old 01-03-2002, 11:30 PM
Grey Grey is offline
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Size comparison- Commander, Defender, Officers......

In order from big to small how do the Colt Commander, Defender, Officer and Compact compare in size?
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Old 01-04-2002, 01:57 AM
SkaerE SkaerE is offline
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goverment, commander, officer, defender...didnt know they made a "compact"

BTW, as far as i understand, the grip doesnt get shorter until the officer, the commander just has a shorter slide
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Old 01-04-2002, 05:02 AM
GCT00427 GCT00427 is offline
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it is as follows.

Commander 4.25" barrel.
Officers 3.5" barrel.
Defender 3.0" barrel.

I believe that the Defender is Colt's compact if I'm not mistaken. The grip frame on the Commander is the same as a full size. The grip frame on the Officers and defender is shorter. There was the Concealed Carry Officers model with the 4.25" slide and the shorter Officer frame which many people really like.

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Old 01-04-2002, 10:56 AM
potthawg potthawg is offline
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Govt. full size grip with 5" barrel.

Commander full size grip 4.25" barrel.

Compact and Officers have reduced grip 3.5" barrel

Defender same as previous with 3" barrel.

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Old 01-04-2002, 12:42 PM
Brian48 Brian48 is offline
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I wonder how much of a velocity loss that would be going from a 5" barrel to a 3" one? I mean the .45 is a fairly slow moving bullet as it is and a 3" barrel is really a 2" barrel if you exclude the length of the chamber. Would there even be enough velocity for most hollowpoints to expand?
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Old 01-04-2002, 12:50 PM
Richie Richie is offline
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I think compact was the designation of the early Officer sized 1991s. Back when Colt offered more model 1911s the 90s. They offered so many in the 70s and 80s we still can't figure them all out.
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Old 01-04-2002, 12:54 PM
SkaerE SkaerE is offline
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i posted the same question one time concerning my HK USP 45 Compact (3.8'') barrel VS a Colt Govnt model (5'') aparantly it depends on the type of rifling cause they chronoed almost exactly the same (give or take 10fps)
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