This is a Colt 1911 Lightweight Commander originally purchased from my LGS during the Clinton AWB in 1996. The intent was to use it for CC, but eventually it fell out of rotation in favor of lighter carry pieces and because I didn't want to risk ruining its finish. Recently I decided to change the grip panels to something a bit more traditional and replace the beavertail because its finish didn't match. One thing led to another . . . This is an enhanced version (identified by an E suffix and the end of the serial number) that Colt made for a few years in the early to mid '90s, from 1992 - 1998 to be exact. (This one was born in 1995.) For the purists, I still have all of the original parts. Mine looked like this originally except that the grips were checkered, not pebbled. The enhanced models were Colt's attempt to offer consumers some factory options that many individuals would have done themselves using aftermarket parts. The enhanced series had a flat-topped slide with a plain rib and forward slanted serrations like the Gold Cup series, three-dot hi-profile combat sights, a lowered and flared ejection port, undercut trigger guard, beveled mag well, skeletonized Commander-style hammer with an oval cutout and a "duck bill" grip safety. They were not particularly well-received and when Kimber hit the market in 1996, Colt was losing out to its new competition who were producing semi-custom 1911s with many of the same enhancements as Colt's enhanced series, but also with upswept "beavertail" grip safeties which many preferred. For Colt, the enhanced E series was replaced by the XS series and then by the XSE series a year later. Magazines are Colt 8-rounders and I've never had any issues with them. When I first got it, Dad asked, "What did you get that for!?" His experience was with loose fitting worn out Government models from his service days as a Marine. This one was very tight and when he tried it, his face quickly broke into a big grin. "This is fun!" My experience was that after about 50 rounds the web between my thumb and index finger became sore. The original duck bill grip safety didn't work for me. I never got hammer bite or drew blood, but it wasn't comfortable after dozens of rounds. The replacement beavertail is a Wilson Combat drop-in model. Early on I replaced the original wrap-around plastic grips with fat Hogue wrap-around grips with finger grooves. While I liked the feel, I had a hard time in the accuracy department. It points much more naturally now with the new Altamont rosewood grip panels with snakeskin checkering. It no longer feels like a flipper (which is how it seemed after shooting Glocks). The final touch was to replace the original arched plastic MSH with a flat Ed Brown snakeskin checkered one. Wow, is it grippy! And the feel is much better in my hands than it was with the arched housing. The ambi tactical safety is also an Ed Brown product. The adjustable skeletonized K trigger is a Fusion Firearms part as is the stainless barrel bushing. Internally there is a Wilson Combat full length recoil rod, spring and buffer which makes it a softer, more enjoyable shooter. Trigger pull is short, light and crisp as one expects from this platform. Since I tend to make things my own, this 1911 is just another reflection of my tastes and what works for me.