Unusual 38 Super Colt Commander

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Jerrybee, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Jerrybee

    Jerrybee New Member

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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?
     

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  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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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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    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010

  3. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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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.
     
  4. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Welcome to the forum friend.

    And nice pony you got there.
     
  5. Jerrybee

    Jerrybee New Member

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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.
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  8. mesinge2

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