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Jerrybee 10-28-2010 05:19 PM

Unusual 38 Super Colt Commander
 
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I have a very unusual Colt Commander LW in 38 super. It is nickel plated with aftermarket grips showing a chesspiece knight. The serial number is 242-LW.
Left side of slide has marks: Colt MFG.CO Hartford CT.USA
Right side of slide has marks:Commander Model Colt Super.38 Automatic w/ Colt Logo.
Barrel is Stainless and is marked Colt super 38 auto.
Magazine has a SS bottom plate marked Colt Super 38 Auto.

What is puzzling is the low serial number and the fact that the pistol has a spur hammer rather than the rounded hammer with hole found on most colt commanders.

Can anyone provide more information on this 1911 style firearm?

NGIB 10-29-2010 11:25 AM

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Maybe it's my old eyes, but that looks like a government model to me. Here's a pic of a Commander I grabbed off the web...

BillM 10-29-2010 01:28 PM

It's a 1950 commander, hence the low sn. Sure is shiny for a 60 yr old
gun. Check with Colt and see if they know how it left the factory.
If it's been refinished the value is as a shooter. If that bling is factory
the value is a lot higher.

Jo da Plumbr 10-29-2010 01:31 PM

Welcome to the forum friend.

And nice pony you got there.

Jerrybee 10-29-2010 07:47 PM

BILLM I think that the nickel plating has been redone. If it is a 1950 Commander the nickel is in too good a condition to be original. A Colt factory letter costs a $100.00 and I am still trying to decide if it is worth it to get one. In any case it is a good shooter and plentiy eye-catching.

danf_fl 10-29-2010 09:36 PM

It looks good. If you are happy, who cares about a letter?

BillM 10-29-2010 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerrybee (Post 376937)
BILLM I think that the nickel plating has been redone. If it is a 1950 Commander the nickel is in too good a condition to be original. A Colt factory letter costs a $100.00 and I am still trying to decide if it is worth it to get one. In any case it is a good shooter and plentiy eye-catching.

I agree--it looks WAY too shiny to be a 1950 gun. But stranger things have
happened, and a plain blue 100% Pre 70 series Commander in 38 Super Blue Books at $1,400. Take it to a gunsmith or gunshow--if everyone agrees it's
a replate job, shoot it and enjoy. If there is a chance it's original, that
$100 for the factory letter is money well spent.

mesinge2 10-29-2010 11:38 PM

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