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.)
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.