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Old 10-28-2010, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default Unusual 38 Super Colt Commander

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?

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Old 10-29-2010, 12:25 PM   #2
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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...

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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.

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Welcome to the forum friend.

And nice pony you got there.

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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.

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

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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.
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