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Old 11-09-2013, 07:22 PM   #21
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The only principal difference is the guide rod type. The extractor is an eternal conversation piece, the practical difference is immaterial. The looks and the Colt pedigree is what decides it 9 out of 10.

Both 1911s are so good and so similar, you have to be the Princess on a Pea to categorically "feel" the difference.
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I've shot the Smith and like it, don't care for the full length guide rod. It would really come down to the model of each, the price, and how much of what you really want comes in the box. I have a Delta Elite and a Novak customized 1991A1 but they are both such old purchases it really doesn't compare.
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I have 3 Colts so I recommend Colt but I'm getting a S&W 1911 soon
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I love my colts- defender plus and commander besides 3 other brands.
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To me a 1911 had to be made by Colt, however my wife bought me a S&W E Series last Christmas and I was impressed. The S&W is an excellent 1911 with many features not on the Colt. What's next S&W will be making sSAAs or ARs, oh wait they already make ARs.
As much as I still believe you'll never go wrong with a Colt, it's nemesis S&W makes an excellent 1911.
A couple days ago though I just bought another Colt, their Government Model Double Action.
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Double action, bobbed hammer Colt Government?
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Double action, bobbed hammer Colt Government?
Yes, it's Colts latest 1911 offering.
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Colt. I have two, and everyone should have at least two. Someone else is going to buy them out and fill them full of Chinese MIM parts. Get 'em now while they're still the real thing.
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I have owned five Colt 1911's

The first was a Series 70 Government with that collet barrel busing. It was a jam-o-matic out of the box. In those days, I knew nothing about 1911's and had no money or ever heard of anyone "send(ing) it back to Colt." It would malfunction intermittently. It would, upon occasion, jam an fired case forward into the feed lips. I would take it apart and study it, clean it and put it back together to no avail. One day, I consulted with Rich Pedersen (Pedersen's Gun Shop, Ludington, MI...his son Rex Pedersen is a nationally known engraver), and mentioned that when I took the firing-pin stop out, the extractor would fall out under its own weight. He explained that the extractor should have a bend in it and instructed me how I could do it. Of course (as I know now), that was the problem. However, it begged the question: How did an expert Colt assembler miss that when assembling the gun?

My second Colt was a Circa 70's Combat Commander (all steel of course). It worked flawlessly. I cannot remember it malfunctioning in any way at any time with all the lead hand loads I put through it. It was perfect.

My next Colt was another Circa 70's Combat Commander, this time in .38 Super. Fired it for a few years and then noticed that the locking lugs were peening on the top-front corner. Consulted a gunsmith checked the specs... told me that the lugs on the slide were machined incorectly. I ended up buying a new slide, replaced the ruined barrel, but had to take a slide that was roll marked, 9MM as the gunsmith told me that he could not locate a Commander length slide in .38 Super. Anther screw-up (slide out of spec), at Colt quality control.

My fourth Colt was a used stainless steel Officer's Model. I swapped the standard barrel bushing with the little stud with a kit from Brownells. That Colt also had no issues.

My fifth and last Colt is a fairly recent stainless steel Combat Commander that I saw and immediately was taken by how nice it looked. Got it home and when looking at it, noticed the the checkering on the grips seemed to have been done by a blind man...I had not seen that in the store. I wondered, why the person who did them sent them to Colt (Colt, I am told, does not do their grips, they buy them), when he must have known that they were junk. And again, when the person assembling the gun put them on, why did they not see how bad they were checkered? Anyway, I though, what the heck and proceeded to shoot the gun. Malfunction after malfunction. I compared the new gun with my old .38 Super and it become abundantly apparent the the recoil spring in the new .45 Colt was wayyyyy, under-powered. Just racking the slide it was abundantly evident that the spring was not right. I sent for a new recoil spring and the malfunctioning (as I remember, it lock-back before the magazine was empty), stopped. However, a new malfunction developed...the firing pin stop would drop down when firing and tie-up the gun. Comparing it to my .38 Super again, it became apparent that the firing pin spring on the new Colt was under-powered also. Got a new firing pin spring and the problem stopped. Having worked in an industry that used springs from vendors and had ridged quality control, and the fact that anyone who supposedly has assembled hundreds of the same item, day-in and day-out should have detected the under-powered recoil spring when they assembled the gun, I concluded that there was or is a quality control problem at Colt. The mistakes they made with mine (the last, third and the first), are hard to justify. I have caught a lot of flak for talking about my experiences with Colt in the past, but the truth is the truth. 3 out of 5 Colts with problems...no way would I recommend them. My next "Colt 1911" will likely be a Ruger SC1911.

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I bought my Colt Series 70 Government 40+ years ago. Brushed nickel avatar. Before I brought it home I had it updated with Bomar fixed sights, throated and polished, enlarged ejection port, beveled mag well, and ambi safeties. Later added a Barstow stainless barrel and updated recoil spring assembly. I used it for IPSC competition for some ten years. Put at least 60K down the barrel. I remember not a single malfunction, although it must have happened at some point. It is now my carry choice. I would not have anything else. It is still young and agile. I am not as I used to be. However, my Colt will keep me good once as I ever was.
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