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Has anyone ever had any trouble with Colt's lightweight aluminum frame such as on a Colt XSE Lightweight Commander?
I guess I am wondering about frame battering from firing.
I bought and built up two 1911 lite weight frames about 30 years ago and have been shooting them ever since without any issues.
These were old Federal Ordnance frames. 42.00 a piece:wow:
I ordered a Springfield Enhanced 1911 about five years back for an everyday carry and it has a lite weight frame, again no issues.
All three get shot a lot, well over two K thru each, no problems.
Can carry them all day, no fatigue.
you shouldnt have any problems with aluminum frames with any of the major makers. I run some pretty hot 38 super loads through my AL framed kimber with no frame battering issues. If you are going to be running mostly standard pressure stuff through an xse it will probably out last you.
I have owned three Colt Lightweight Commanders, 9mm, 38 super, and 45acp. No problems with any of them.
If you plan on shooting 100k of full power load through the gun, you may be better off with a steel frame. Otherwise, enjoy.
Aluminum is a poor choice for a competition 1911. Extremely high round counts will loosen it up much faster than a steel frame. This is the extreme though. A normal shooter putting a few thousand rounds through their carry pistol each year will probably never know the difference. I have only had a couple aluminum framed 1911's, but both have proven to be very durable by ccw standards.
simian, my .02 worth. Due to the Commander's lighter weight, I replaced my Govt. Model for off duty carry, with the alloy Commander about 1980. I qualified with it and shot it recreationally a little. Much as I like the Commanders, I have to say, mine cracked the frame with very moderate use. I stop-drilled the crack and the Commander is still in use by a member of my family. I have also seen near-new SIG P226s, with the alloy frames, cracked. SIG replaced the guns. I know others have reported much better durability with their alloy-framed guns. Some of you may have seen Skeeter Skelton's old article years ago in Shooting Times magazine. He tested an alloy Commander. Sometime during the 5K round test, the frame on his cracked in the same area mine did. I suspect my Commander had closer to a thousand rounds through it, if that, than 5000.
I still carry alloy-framed guns due to the light weight, but would not personally buy one with the intention of shooting it a lot. I agree with Jeff Cooper, who said something to the effect of; Commanders should be carried a lot and shot a little...ymmv
I have a Talo WC04840 Wiley Clapp Lightweight Commander. I changed the recoil spring to 20# as I shoot primarily Hornady 230gr. TAP +P ammo. I have no problem with cycling standard loads. Have run about 500 rounds of +P with no noticable wear.
hope not, I just got a Colt XSE Lightweight Commander a month ago, only 300 rounds so far.
That gun will long outlast you. Shoot with confidence.
I have the Colt Wiley Clapp light weight Commander and have no problems.
I had a cusom built on a colt LWT frame, it's got ~5-6,000 through it and counting.
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