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Old 12-14-2012, 10:27 PM   #21
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My LGS just got a few Colts in that are 2012 production. I'm happy to report that Colt quality is still top shelf. The finish on both a blued 01991 and a stainless version was exceptional as was the fit. I agree that Colts are the benchmark for all others and always will be. Seems like everyone is making 1911s these days so there's a lot of competition. Sure some of the semi custom 1911s like Les Baer are nice but let's face it they're still copies, very good copies but copies nontheless. Most current makers such as Ruger or Remington use cast frames whereas Colt still uses forged frames. Being an old guy I've always considered Colts to be the original 1911 since they've been making them the longest. And when one thinks of Colt they think of the 1911 or the iconic SAA. Colts will also hold their value through the decades, here's an early postwar Government Model I picked up. The current 2012 production examples I just looked at still maintain the same quality.

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My LGS just got a few Colts in that are 2012 production. I'm happy to report that Colt quality is still top shelf. The finish on both a blued 01991 and a stainless version was exceptional as was the fit. I agree that Colts are the benchmark for all others and always will be. Seems like everyone is making 1911s these days so there's a lot of competition. Sure some of the semi custom 1911s like Les Baer are nice but let's face it they're still copies, very good copies but copies nontheless. Most current makers such as Ruger or Remington use cast frames whereas Colt still uses forged frames. Being an old guy I've always considered Colts to be the original 1911 since they've been making them the longest. And when one thinks of Colt they think of the 1911 or the iconic SAA. Colts will also hold their value through the decades, here's an early postwar Government Model I picked up. The current 2012 production examples I just looked at still maintain the same quality.
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I have the Colt Officers (all steel) n Colt Combat Elite (Bi-tone) - I would also like to add a commander to complete the set.

Do LW alloy frames hold up as well as steel ? Carry vs range - where will the majority of your time be spent ? My officers is very heavy - love it on the range but PIA to carry. No free lunch.

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Alloy frames are now more durable than they use to be but they will not hold up like a steel frame. Even Colts could develop a cracked frame after heavy use. Colt modified their frames some time ago to alleviate the problem with a strengthening cut by the slide lock, which was the area most prone to cracking.
That said most owners will never shoot their alloy framed pistols enough to crack the frame. Steel is definately stronger and more durable.

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I have the Colt Officers (all steel) n Colt Combat Elite (Bi-tone) - I would also like to add a commander to complete the set.

Do LW alloy frames hold up as well as steel ? Carry vs range - where will the majority of your time be spent ? My officers is very heavy - love it on the range but PIA to carry. No free lunch.
Ask yourself how many rounds do you really throw down range per year?

If you realistically do less than 2K of .45 ACP in your carry piece....(most of us can not afford much more than that)...your alloy frame 1911 will be fine. Double that for a 9 mike-mike 1911.

The alloy frame (Colt) 1911 in Government, Commander and Officer would provide contraindications for a target shooter expending 10K+ rounds per year. for the EDC individual, you're GTG.





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I've owned 2 Series 70 Combat Commanders in the last 30 years, loved both of them dearly, was really sad when I had to sell them at different times to keep a roof over my head.

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One nice thing about commanders is you can add a recoil compensator and still be approx the size of a gov't model.

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