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1911 LW Commander 1951 model redo-Chime In Please-

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by I like black, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. I like black

    I like black

    Apr 12, 2010
    My friend has this and wants some input on the redo.

    I suggested stock looking with new sights and trigger.

    Nickel plate ?

    Toss out your ideas please.


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  2. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I would suggest to the friend to leave the gun as-is and not chopping anything off.

    Get rid of the cumbersome Pachmayr grips for a proper set of wooden grips.

    That gun is an oldie but goodie.
  3. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Trigger can be changed easily.
    Harrison makes a good set of "retro" sights.
    Loose the grips.
    Replace the grip safety with a stainless one.
    Same with the slide stop lever.
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  4. I like black

    I like black

    Apr 12, 2010
    Yea it is an oldie but a goodie built in 1951, a LW Commander 9mm.

    Thanks for the ideas.

    My lady friend wants if for EDC, it took awhile to find one.

    I also heard that you can switch it over to .38 super too?

    The slide has some wear on it but since it's going to be a EDC I wonder if it's worth messing with it?

    What 10 round mags are the best and where do you buy them?


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  5. pezzulli


    Jan 16, 2007
    New York
    I sent my 1951 Colt Commander to Ted Yost at Heirloom Precision for his Retro Package. He did a fantastic job!


  6. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Behind the Green door
    I would put some nice High viz sights on it like a Gold bead front and Kings style rear..

    Put on some nice grips, have a better beavertail and safety fitted and carry it everyday.
  7. I like black

    I like black

    Apr 12, 2010
    Very nice,

    What cal is it and how does it shoot?

    How long did it take and about how much if you don't mind saying?

    Thanks for the info and the photo !


  8. pezzulli


    Jan 16, 2007
    New York
    The pistol is 45 ACP. It took approximately 1 1/2 - 2 years from the time I put my name on the waiting list to the time that I received the pistol. However, only a month to a month and a half from the time I was told that my turn has comeup and I sent the pistol to them, to the time the work was completed and I received the pistol. Current pricing is on the Heirloom Precision Website.

    BTW, both Ted and Jason Burton are great to work with and easy to discuss your "wants" with.

    Last edited: Feb 15, 2012
  9. Colt introduced the Commander in 1949, but almost none were made. So a 1951, if that is what it really is would be interesting except for the different trigger and thumb safety. Also remember that in those days all Commanders had Aluminum Allow frames till 1970 when the Combat Commander was introduced. Triggers and thumb safeties are not trivial to change. The different grips and what I think is a flgr or full length guide rod would be sort of trivial to change.

    The first thing I would do is call Colt on their 800 number ( I think) and find out the year the frame was made, or are you sure it is a 1951 frame. Next I would shoot it a little and see how it shoots. If there are any cracks or burps in shooting a little then take it to a gunsmith. If it shoots O.K. then I would enjoy it.
  10. I like black

    I like black

    Apr 12, 2010
    Thanks for the replies!

    From what I have researched it is a 1951 made Commander with a very low 6000 LW serial #.

    It seems to be all stock, shot very little and has some carry wear.

    I saw a similar full size from the same year and it had the same grips which the owner said were stock so I am thinking that the grips on this LW Commander are stock possibly ?

    I can't wait to strip, clean and shoot it !

    Can someone offer up some input on the best mags to use and where to find them?

    Thanks again!

  11. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    What he said + 2
  12. Midway has CMC power mags for $20 for the blue and $22ish for stainless.
  13. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I totally agree. A colt of that age and still looking to be in nice shape, I would leave alone and just put some nice double-checkered wood grips w/ the Colt medallion. That is a classic Colt pistol that I would be proud to own.
  14. Sights and trigger job and carry it.

    Great looking gun.
  15. Feanor


    Feb 28, 2010
    I would literally kill for that Colt!
  16. I like black

    I like black

    Apr 12, 2010
    Thanks for all the input guys and the kind words !

    I totally agree that Pezzulli's Colt is incredible ! Thanks for taking the time to post it up !

    A super fine piece of work and it would be nice to see a you tube of it in action.... hint =)

    One of the things that if find fairly awesome about the Colt I pictured is that in 1951 it must of been a huge leap forward with the color combos of black and silver, alloy frame combined with the Pachmeyer grips, etc... and in a 9mm Luger.

    I ponder that engineering fashion statement and think wow that was extremely unique , bold and very stylish for the era...

    Again thanks for the input, ideas and help.

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012
  17. I like black

    I like black

    Apr 12, 2010

    Wow is this pistol fun to shoot !

    Runs fantastic and is very accurate, or at least more accurate than I am.

    Cheap to feed too with wally world federal 9mm @ $19.95 per 100 :supergrin:

    My Lady friend is very happy with the Colt, it's perfect for her in the nine.

    I think I am going to have to look around for one for me now...