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Is the Colt Commander REALLY the best Pistol?

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    Cool Is the Colt Commander REALLY the best Pistol?

    Is The Colt Commander really the best combination of reliablity and accuracy? please give some feedback im considering buying one.

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    Opinions are one of two things we all have and I am no exception. My opinion, single action autos were great in their day but the double action or double action only auto is a much better, more modern weapon. Just as the Luger was a good weapon in its day but no where as good as a modern HK or Sig etc. I feel the same about the 1911. Again I know a lot of others will disagree with me on this so as the saying goes "what ever floats your boat".
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    I am currently carrying a gun no longer in production. It is a Star Firestar and I also carry a compact single stack Para Ordnance about the size of a Colt Commander.Both guns are reliable and accurate for their intended use:Self Defense. I also own Glocks,carry what fits you best. I'm sure that if ever used in self defense the criminal is not going to know if he was shot with a century old design or a more modern pistol.Try out a Commander or one of the newer designs at your local shooting range if rental models are available and choose the one you like best.

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    One of my favorite guns is the Colt Commander. I have a 70 series in satin nickle. It functions flawlessly and at 10 yards is more accurate than any pistol I have ever shot. What I like about the Colt is cocked and locked carry. Always ready. Single action. Light, smooth trigger pull every time. The Commander is a little lighter than the Government model but not enough to care.

    Other guns might be more hi-tech or have a finer fit or finish but invariably, they are all just guns. The Colt has history, Almost a hundred years in production, relatively unchanged. Wielded by heroes. Must be a pretty good piece to have lasted this long. It is the most copied and by far the most produced gun in the world. Pulling in a far second might be the Beretta 92.

    Fewer parts, I can field strip mine without tools in less than a minute. I can take the whole gun apart without tools. Parts are varied and plentiful and inexpensive. Mags are plentiful. Ammo is plentiful. I've carried both my AMT Hardballer and the Colt as a backup. Granted, eight pounds but eight pounds of 45ACP reassurance.

    Over all, a very easy gun to work on, modify or repair. May cost a bit more up front but it will be worth every penny.

    Bottom line is that any quality gun is better than no gun.

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    I carried a Commander for years and would have quickly answered 'Yes' in the past. Many people are more comfortable with the double action autos that have become common. A carry gun is too personal a choice to force the 'one size fits all' idea upon people.


    BTW--a few years back I replaced the Commander as my primary carry, a Kimber Ultra CDP now has that place. It's still a 1911 design in .45 ACP but it's even smaller and much lighter than the Commander.

    (To be honest, the KelTec PF-9 is often what I carry these days due to its small size and light weight; I consider the 9mm to have acceptable stopping power)
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    the 1911 design is unaltered since 1910 if that doesnt say quality almost every moden pistol has a base in the 1911 design. the commander is not different i have RIA 1911 with a 3.5 in barrel i think that transfers to the colt officer. it shoots absolutly fine and is more accurate than to be expected.

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    I'm a huge 1911 fan, in any size - but my personal opinion is that while Colts are nice, they're over-priced.

    There are no shortages of less expensive, equal or greater quality, performance and reliability in the 1911 line.

    IMHO. I'm not a Colt-hater... but the NAME seems to command price. (Also true in the AR family.)

    Rock Island, the STI Spartan, the Taurus P1911, Springfield Armory, SIG, S&W... the options are bountiful & legitimate. IMHO.
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    To answere your question the Commander is the best combination to alot of people. But they are not YOU. Are you a shooter or beginer? Do you like autos or revolvers. If you like the Commander then get one. There is nothing wrong with them. Each type of gun has its good points. Buy what you like and learn to use it properly. More important for your auto is can you clear a jam fast and ready the gun for another shot. Sometimes auto loaders don't auto load. If you find a gun ( auto or revolver) that you like you use it it's best way. In cse you dont know> A single action auto like the Commander is carried Cocked, On Safe, with a round in the chamber. A double action auto would need to be carried Hammer down, safety Off and a round in the chamber. It needs to be shot double action for the first shot for speed. After that it is in single action mode as the slide cocks the hammer for the next shot. A revolver is carried fully loaded also and shot double action for speed. You would need to practice double action shooting for self defense. You could cock the hammer for single shots taken from cover for accuracy if needed. You and only you can determin what you want to do with the gun. Im not so partial to aluminum guns for weight savings. If I'm going to carry a gun I want it to shoot the most powerfull round I can shoot well. To me that does not say aluminum but thats me.The Commander has an aluminum frame. The Combat Commander has a steel frame. You have to find out which gun your talking about. A gun carried for self defense is used most of the time at distances from arms length to 20 feet. At 20 feet you can head shoot with a stock Commander. At closer range you can shoot from the hip if necessarry and you may have to. A stock Commander will outshoot most people and it has good balance, it holds sufficient rounds for a first encounter(always carry a reload or two). You need to practice and practice and practice with your chosen gun. When you know what your talking about then you will know if you like it.

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    I believe it was Col. Jeff Cooper who said the double-action auto-pistol was an answer to a non-question, or something like that.

    A true double-action auto-pistol will be the same long pull for every shot. The double-action first shot followed by a single-action until you stop shooting and apply the safety [dropping the hammer] is a more difficult hand skill to learn than thumb the safety off, fire, thumb the safety on.

    Good sights and a good trigger are the fundamentals of easy and good shooting. Good sight and trigger are often standard now on 1911s, easy to fix if you've an old gun.
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    As I stated in an earlier post I have a Para Ordnance similar in size to a commander.Recoil wise mine is closer to the combat commander as it is a steal frame.You should go out and rent what guns you are interested in at your local indoor range or if your friends have the models you might like go to your local range with them and try out several guns. That way you can get a feel for them and make your choice on what fits you best and how well you handle the heavier calibers.Also remember with all steel frames you carry more weight and cheap holsters for concealed don't get it.Your firearm has a tendency to lean away from your body and print under your clothing.

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