1911 Lightweight Commander

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by F350-6, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. F350-6

    F350-6 Well-Known

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    I'm looking to pick up a commander size lightweight model. I'm looking for opinions from those who have one. Any significant difference in recoil from the steel frame version? (I've never had anything smaller than a 5", but don't assume the difference will be that much).

    I've seen the Colt, S&W, Para Ordnance, and of course everyone seems to have a Kimber in stock. Is there one you would avoid? Is there one you really prefer, with good reason?

    I've read the internet rumors about the CBOB from Dan Wesson, but since I can't seem to find one to lay my hands on, I'm assuming it's just some old wives tail. :rolleyes: Anyway, it's not a lightweight, and I won't buy something I can't lay my hands on first, so please leave that one out of the conversation for this purchase (I think, at least I'm pretty sure I've decided on a lightweight :banghead:).
     


  2. randmplumbingllc

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    Yeah, I have a LW Commander. It is a little more "snappy" then a regular Commander. I like it and sometimes CCW it, cuz it is lighter and don't rust IWB holster.

    Just WATCH out for the slide, on the bottom. It is REAL SHARP. I KNOW ! Needs to be rounded off.
     
  3. F350-6

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    Slide bite? I thought that and hammer bite were a thing of the past with these fancy grips and hammers now a days? I got training from my Uncle when I was younger, and as a result, have never had slide or hammer bite with any auto.

    Any opinion as to how much more snappy? How much of the snap is from the commander size, and how much from the light frame?
     
  4. Texas1911

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    It's noticeably more snappy than a full-size. The short length means less weight and stiffer recoil spring, the frame means less weight, and that all translates into snap.

    It's no .44 Magnum, but it's not like a full-size.
     
  5. Okierifleman

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    If you handle a 5" well and practice a lot, its nothing you wont learn how to handle. When I first bought my UCII, it took me a little while to learn to control it, because it is, as Alan stated, noticeably more snappy.
     
  6. F350-6

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    :gotme: So what you're saying is I should really go ahead and get a 5" STI for the range and the lightweight commander only for carry:devil:. I wonder how the wife will take the news.

    I know there will be more snap, and that does not bother me. As long as it kicks less than my Snake Slayer IV with 3" shells I'm good. (Yes my newest favorite toy from Bond Arms moves past snap into the full fledged kick category).
     
  7. Texas1911

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    If you are used to a .45 then it won't bother you too much. It's just snappier, but it's not a full house 10mm or .357 Magnum.

    I think you should buy an STI Ranger to fulfill both roles. You can conceal a full size 1911 just fine. Too many people want micro-machines for carry guns, and frankly small guns suck.
     
  8. F350-6

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    I can understand this since this is how I ended up on a commander size lightweight model. Went to gun shows and handled all sorts of pistols. Found several I thought I could live with, made a list, and discovered when I returned, I could not force myself to spend a few hundred on the thing. I'm old enough to resist the initial buy impulse, and the little compacts never looked as good on the return trip.

    Most of my experience and comfort level is with 1911's or Hi-Powers. (wheel guns excluded).

    As for the Ranger, it's almost as hard to find as the Dan Wesson. Since I think I'll have some extra disposable income next year, and hopefully the prices come back down a little, an STI is still a future possibility. Just need to decide on Commander or full size.
     
  9. res1b3uq

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    I owned a lightweight Commander "Enhanced" It was a good pistol,accurate and reliable. I carried it for a while, with no problem. Bought a P12 alloy at a bargain, and never carried the Commander again. I can carry the P12 all day and never have to adjust it, and it is at least equal to the Commander in accuracy and reliability.
     
  10. navyguy

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    As already stated, the lightweight commander is going to snap a bit more than a full sized 5" 1911. . But it should still be controllable.

    If you're in or around the DFW area, you could come to our next shoot/meet. Both myself and Army1911 have CBOB's, and you're welcome to fondle and shoot mine if you like. All though DW makes a very limited amount of these guns each year, they can be found.

    Of the others you mentioned, Kimber probably has the largest selection. I'm not sure which of their models are 70 series, but I'm pretty sure some of the 4.25" models come that way,

    DW also has a lighter weight 4.25" gun. The CCO Bobtail. I'ts a commander upper, mounted on an Officers frame (Alloy) which gives it a bit shorter grip (for concealment) and about 5 oz less weight. And although you can find those on the auction sites, I've never seen one in person.
     

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