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Old 09-10-2013, 12:06 AM   #31
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I'm in the market for a 1911 Colt Commander and this steel vs. alloy frame really has me on the fence as which route to go? I really like the 1911 Colt Commander LW XSE,the Willey Clapp Colt 1911 Edition,and of course a all stainless Commander. But how will the Alloy frames hold up compared to a steei frame?

What are your thoughts and experiences with steel frame vs. alloy?

The pistol will be shot frequently informal shooting,no competition yet? And will be carried from time to time as a CCW.
I have owned both and liked them both. BUT if you are going to carry it A LOT get the LW, but if you are going to shot it A LOT get the Combat commander!
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Colts are fine pistols. you will have many years of enjoyment out of that 1911! you made a good choice and now i'm jealous!
Thanks Axxe I did a ton of research to the point it was a relief to finally make a purchase lol I hope to have lots of years of shooting and enjoyment from the 1911.
I just wish 20 years ago I would've made the right choice and purchase of a standard single stack 1911,don't get me wrong the p14-45 is a nice pistol,it's just not nearly concealable as a standard single stack 1911.
It sure feels like I made the right choice this time with a single stack 1911

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I have owned both and liked them both. BUT if you are going to carry it A LOT get the LW, but if you are going to shot it A LOT get the Combat commander!
Jim thanks for the input,
I decided on the steel frame this time and hoping to shoot it a lot and maybe some local friendly competition in the future. Down the road I may look into a LW,but for now the steel frame sure feels good

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Thanks Axxe I did a ton of research to the point it was a relief to finally make a purchase lol I hope to have lots of years of shooting and enjoyment from the 1911.
I just wish 20 years ago I would've made the right choice and purchase of a standard single stack 1911,don't get me wrong the p14-45 is a nice pistol,it's just not nearly concealable as a standard single stack 1911.
It sure feels like I made the right choice this time with a single stack 1911

Thanks again
right now the only 1911's ill get is colt and springfield. you made a fantastic choice
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right now the only 1911's ill get is colt and springfield. you made a fantastic choice
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I agree the colts and springfields are producing some awesome pistols right now.

Thank you I did a ton of research before pulling the trigger,I really like the way the pistol feels in the hand and the natural point ability of the 1911s

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Edit: I did end up with a newer colt throated barrel design,thanks again for all the great information on the barrels.
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What a beautiful Colt. Congrats on the purchase. A range report?
I finally wrote a short range report and posted in Range Report..Sorry for the delay,i've been slinging brass
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I finally wrote a short range report and posted in Range Report..Sorry for the delay,i've been slinging brass
Good for you man! I'm going to go find your post and read!
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I have a Para Ord LTC that has an alloy frame that has untold rounds though it.....
...But it's a lot. Other than holster wear it;s as good now as it was new.
I've had them with both steel and the alloy and really don't have a beef with either. I don't get the weight is too much with steel and I've not had any durability issues with alloy.

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Good for you man! I'm going to go find your post and read!
Thanks Dr.
The range report is a very short post about the pistol and how it preformed,which was very positive.

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I have a Para Ord LTC that has an alloy frame that has untold rounds though it.....
...But it's a lot. Other than holster wear it;s as good now as it was new.
I've had them with both steel and the alloy and really don't have a beef with either. I don't get the weight is too much with steel and I've not had any durability issues with alloy.
I have a Para P14-45 that i've owned for 19 years now which is also a alloy frame,i've haven't shot gobs of ammo through the pistol,but the alloy frame looks as good as the day I purchased it.
My decision to go steel this time was swayed by a few factors. I wanted something that I wouldn't have a worry in the back of my mind shooting large amounts of +p ammo. I read several reports Colt was having some problems with their Teflon finish on some of their the alloy frames,the finish was peeling and chipping on some alloy frames. Colt is now cerakoting the alloy frames,so I thought I would wait on a alloy colt frame to see how the newer finish holds up?

I really haven't noticed much recoil difference between the alloy and steel frames. As far as the steel frame weighing too much for carry? I'm sure the few ounces makes a difference to some people,while others aren't affected by a few more ounces of weight to carry? I'm glad we have a choice

Thanks for posting your input on this subject.
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Thanks Dr.
The range report is a very short post about the pistol and how it preformed,which was very positive.

I have a Para P14-45 that i've owned for 19 years now which is also a alloy frame,i've haven't shot gobs of ammo through the pistol,but the alloy frame looks as good as the day I purchased it.
My decision to go steel this time was swayed by a few factors. I wanted something that I wouldn't have a worry in the back of my mind shooting large amounts of +p ammo. I read several reports Colt was having some problems with their Teflon finish on some of their the alloy frames,the finish was peeling and chipping on some alloy frames. Colt is now cerakoting the alloy frames,so I thought I would wait on a alloy colt frame to see how the newer finish holds up?

I really haven't noticed much recoil difference between the alloy and steel frames. As far as the steel frame weighing too much for carry? I'm sure the few ounces makes a difference to some people,while others aren't affected by a few more ounces of weight to carry? I'm glad we have a choice

Thanks for posting your input on this subject.
I was on Para's website last night, and I realized that they Do make 2 of their models in 9mm,..18 rounds in a double stack 1911,...(figuring how many double & single action revolvers he'd have to getfor the wife for him to get 3 1911's in 9mm(officers, commander, and Full size)!!
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