Anyone have a 38 Super in a 1911

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  1. F350-6

    F350-6 Well-Known

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    Ran across one of these today at the gun show. It was a Colt lightweight commander with a 4 1/4" barrel. I've been wanting a 1911 with a 4" barrel, but put it back down and walked away since it was a 38 super.

    Now I'm wondering how it would shoot and if I should have grabbed it? I've never shot a 38 super, but am comfortable with the 1911 frame. Some of you might consider it sacrilegious, but has anyone shot one of these? How do you like it? How does it stack up? Fun to shoot? Accurate? Should I just stick with the 45?
     


  2. bvillars

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    38 super

    own a 38 super in three different models. It took a mexican friend to show me this fine caliber. Colt even made a special series for the 38 super based on mexican army ranks. El Presidente, El Tiante, and about three more. I kept an el presidente and also a 1911 commander. also thompson arms also made a 1911 38 super. Steel plate shooters also use this caliber. i am sure you will get a lot more posts on this subject. good luck oh by the way what was the asking price?
     
  3. dbgun

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    I had been saving up for one of these for some time, and finally bought a Colt Commander XSE, SS in Janurary. I really like shooting it. Ammo gets kind of hard to find, but I do manage to find it. For me, shooting it was somewhere between my 9MM(STAR 30MI) & .40cal(Ruger 94). IMHO you really have to want a 38 Super. I had a hard time picking between the 38 Super & a Colt 45ACP. I already had a nice 45ACP, so I went with the 38 Super.Just my $.02:2cents:
     
  4. F350-6

    F350-6 Well-Known

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    It was around $900.

    Thanks, this is the kind of info I was looking for. I understand your point about having to want a 38 super, but my tastes seem to have wandered into the unusual lately. Ran across a Snake Slayer IV a few months back, and it wasn't long until I decided I had to have one. Fun toy, kicks like a mule, glad I got one.

    I'm trying to decide if the 38 super in the 1911 model will become another one of those can't live without items. Anniversary is 1 month away and counting and the wife's been asking what to get.
     
  5. mmay1

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    I have a series 70 Colt Government model in 38 Super, dating back to the late 70s. I bought it nearly 30 years ago for $225, without knowning enough to recognize that it was a "odd" caliber. For years all of the ammo I could find was +1 and I thought it was loud and snappy. No one used hearing protection at the time. But I taught my sons to shoot it when they were quite young, so its become somewhat of a family heirloom. The boys all shoot well and don't flinch.

    If the 38 Super appeals to you, get it. If I had a choice between it and a 45, I would get the 45, due to the greater availability of ammo.
     
  6. drj3828

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    They have 38 super ammo at Tomball pawn.
     
  7. Charley

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    Built one about 15 years ago. Comfortable to shoot, plenty of power, ammo is not that tough to find if you look. I handload anyway, so the only factory I buy for it is defense loads.
     
  8. dee

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    I have a colt and love it also with the right ammo its very powerful.
     
  9. F350-6

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    With the internet now I haven't been too worried about finding ammo (unless the public goes into another buying frenzy). I'm still undecided, but I kind of like the idea of it being a little different. Maybe it's just the idea of the commander size pistol having a smaller caliber that makes it seem appropriate. I've never had a smaller frame 1911 or one that was not a 45.
     
  10. dee

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    In a full size frame the .38 has a lil more snap than a .45. I've had better luck buying the odd ammo than the popular stuff.
     

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