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got2hav1
05-03-2012, 18:49
My first 1911. After much searching and reading and handling 1911s I settled on a new Colt Combat Commander in brushed stainless. Feels great in the hand, well balanced, and a smooth trigger. I have not shot it yet, just picked it up today, but I think it will be a great shooter. The choice came down to a used Kimber CDP ll or this Colt which was new. I could have been just as happy with the Kimber because it felt great as well. Here are a couple of quick cell phone pictures, let me know how you like it.:supergrin:

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb222/got2hav1/2012-05-03_183207.jpg

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb222/got2hav1/2012-05-03_183140.jpg

Folsom_Prison
05-03-2012, 18:54
Very nice!!

countrygun
05-03-2012, 18:57
Excellent choice!

TSAX
05-03-2012, 19:02
Congrats :cool:








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GLOCK17DB9
05-03-2012, 19:06
That's a beauty!:supergrin:Congrats

PA1911
05-03-2012, 19:13
Very nice choice :thumbsup:

glock2740
05-03-2012, 19:16
Congrats!

JD_19x9
05-03-2012, 19:39
Very nice... Enjoy! :supergrin:

Brucev
05-03-2012, 19:44
I applaud your choice of the COLT. If you want one, a Kimber can always be found.

GTS197
05-03-2012, 19:47
.45 hawtness!

airflyer
05-03-2012, 19:58
Congrats very nice !!

fnfalman
05-03-2012, 20:08
Congratulations!!!

I bought the Lightweight Commander XSE late last year. The gun shot low with various loads so I had the 10-8 rear sight put in and she shoots dead on now.

I switched out the ambidextrous safety lever for a left-only safety lever. The Colt ambi safety is rather flimsy and if you're not a lefty, it doesn't do squat for you.

I also switched out the plastic mainspring housing for a steel one, and ditched the one-piece guide rod for the GI short guide rod & plug (strictly personal preference - also makes gun disassembles and reassembles a hair easier). Oh, and did away with those funky grip screws for the flat tip grip screws. When I want to take the grip panels off for cleaning, I don't want to have to go hunt up a hex head wrench.

Otherwise, it shoots tight and the trigger isn't half bad for a factory trigger.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Colt%20Lightweight%20Commander%20XSE/ColtXSELtCdr002.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Colt%20Lightweight%20Commander%20XSE/LtWtCdrXSEGIPlug1.jpg

ctfireman
05-03-2012, 20:12
Friggin sweet!

bac1023
05-03-2012, 20:12
Very nice

Congrats! :cool:

KS Trekker
05-03-2012, 20:15
My 1911 XSE Commander shoots low as well. I am thinking about replacing the sights. Congrats on the new Commander, you will love it!

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-1JeQUhO8k88/Tg-5iBQCQWI/AAAAAAABljc/BSiCkCPRTeo/s800/DSC_1096_edited.JPG

fnfalman
05-03-2012, 20:19
My 1911 XSE Commander shoots low as well. I am thinking about replacing the sights. Congrats on the new Commander, you will love it!

I think that there is a rash of Commander lengths that did not get calibrated correctly. My Talo CCO also shot low (regular Colt three-dots sights and not Novak). Colt corrected it and threw in a steel mainspring housing for free. The problem is that it took three months.

That's why I just took the XSE to the local smithy and spent $70 on a new sight plus labor. Colt would make it good free of charge...just takes a wee bit of time.

KS Trekker
05-03-2012, 20:32
I think that there is a rash of Commander lengths that did not get calibrated correctly. My Talo CCO also shot low (regular Colt three-dots sights and not Novak). Colt corrected it and threw in a steel mainspring housing for free. The problem is that it took three months.

That's why I just took the XSE to the local smithy and spent $70 on a new sight plus labor. Colt would make it good free of charge...just takes a wee bit of time.

Thanks for the advice! I'll probably go the local smithy route as well. The pistol fires nice tight groups about 3-4" inches low at 10 yards.

got2hav1
05-03-2012, 20:56
Very nice

Congrats! :cool:

Bac, thanks for the 1911 guide. I spent a lot of time reading thru that. It was very informative. :cool:

got2hav1
05-03-2012, 20:58
Congratulations!!!

I bought the Lightweight Commander XSE late last year. The gun shot low with various loads so I had the 10-8 rear sight put in and she shoots dead on now.

I switched out the ambidextrous safety lever for a left-only safety lever. The Colt ambi safety is rather flimsy and if you're not a lefty, it doesn't do squat for you.

I also switched out the plastic mainspring housing for a steel one, and ditched the one-piece guide rod for the GI short guide rod & plug (strictly personal preference - also makes gun disassembles and reassembles a hair easier). Oh, and did away with those funky grip screws for the flat tip grip screws. When I want to take the grip panels off for cleaning, I don't want to have to go hunt up a hex head wrench.

Otherwise, it shoots tight and the trigger isn't half bad for a factory trigger.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Colt%20Lightweight%20Commander%20XSE/ColtXSELtCdr002.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Colt%20Lightweight%20Commander%20XSE/LtWtCdrXSEGIPlug1.jpg

Thanks Fin, I will keep that in mind. I have sights on my short list for sure. The Colt ones are not bad as they are but if they need adjustment anyway, I can replace with better ones.:cool:

got2hav1
05-03-2012, 20:59
Thanks Trekker. I am liking it so far. Excited to take it out and put some rounds thru it.

FLglockdude
05-03-2012, 21:10
Nice gun. How much did you pay if you don't mind me asking?

fnfalman
05-03-2012, 23:56
The pistol fires nice tight groups about 3-4" inches low at 10 yards.

Yep. Both my Lightweight Commander and Talo CCO were like that.

fnfalman
05-03-2012, 23:58
Thanks Fin, I will keep that in mind. I have sights on my short list for sure. The Colt ones are not bad as they are but if they need adjustment anyway, I can replace with better ones.:cool:

The Colt ones are Novak's. They don't get much better than that. Colt just happened to didn't get the proper sight heights. Not all Commanders and Talo CCOs have this issue, just a few.

I went with the 10-8 sight because that's what the local smithy had on hand with the right height. Otherwise I would have stuck with Novak. The 10-8 has a very nice sight picture, but so's the Novak.

steve1911
05-04-2012, 00:12
Congrats!

Very nice.


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AWMP
05-04-2012, 05:53
Great choice

got2hav1
05-04-2012, 18:16
Nice gun. How much did you pay if you don't mind me asking?

The gun was sold as used but LNIB. Other than a take down mark I don't see any evidence that it has been shot. 850.00 OTD. :supergrin:

Bruce M
05-04-2012, 18:20
Wow very nice! Enjoy your 1911.

fnfalman
05-04-2012, 20:30
The gun was sold as used but LNIB. Other than a take down mark I don't see any evidence that it has been shot. 850.00 OTD. :supergrin:

Not bad at all. I paid 950 OTD on a brand new gun with some serious negotiation.

larson1122
05-04-2012, 23:58
Very nice, Congrats!

zackwatt
05-05-2012, 07:50
Nice!