My NEW Carry Gun

A few months back I got a good deal on a Colt LW Commander. My intention was to make this my new carry / travel gun. I have several 1911s but all are on the expensive side because that’s the way they came or because they have been worked. I wanted a good gun I could carry and trust and one I would not cry about if some airline baggage handler decided he deserved it more than me. When I was a cop, I carried a LW Commander off duty for many years and felt this would be the perfect gun – being the 1911 guy I am. (Also, this being the 100th anniversary of the 1911 meant I had to buy another one.)

This new Colt Light Weight Commander will be my primary carry gun - after minimal tweaking.

So far I’ve run 50 rounds (from light frangible loads to 230 gr. HPs) through the gun and it has functioned perfectly. The trigger is fine out of the box with a clean 4 pound break BUT other things need some work so the gun is similar to my other 1911s.

I’ll replace the factory Novak style sights with a set of XS 24/7 Big Dot sights.

The ambi-safety on the right side will go in the trash.

The full length guide rod will go in the trash too.

All the sharp edges will be rounded off.

And, the grips will be replaced with Crimson Trace’s new Pro-Custom Chainmail III grips.

I’ll let my buddy, Jerry Dove from Dove’s Custom Guns, do all the work.

As you can guess, a feature article about this is in the works. I’ll let you know where to look for it. In the mean time; I got some shooting to do.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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3 Responses to My NEW Carry Gun

  1. Jim Dodd says:

    You need to give the H&K P30 handguns a try, I hear great things about those LEM equipped as a carry option…jim

  2. Pingback: The Shadowland Special | EMPTY CASES

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