Lets see some nice Commanders.

hipowr

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I got a couple more Commanders since my last post. First is a Colt I found in a local shop. Hard chrome finish and I ditched the rubber grips for some G10, but sweet Colt. I love the old school custom look.

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Second is a Wilson ACP Commander I got for myself to celebrate my retirement. I had to change to grips to add some color though. The black factory grips just didn't do it for me.

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Bob Lee

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I got a couple more Commanders since my last post. First is a Colt I found in a local shop. Hard chrome finish and I ditched the rubber grips for some G10, but sweet Colt. I love the old school custom look.

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Second is a Wilson ACP Commander I got for myself to celebrate my retirement. I had to change to grips to add some color though. The black factory grips just didn't do it for me.

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I love your commanders, especially the Hard Chrome one! My taste runs more to retro, or stock looking guns.
 

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Love me some hard chrome and on a Colt? Outstanding. Congratulations on your retirement and the gift to yourself
 

rmac

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Any idea who did the work on this gun?
I have a Combat Commander that is set up like that with two slides. It was built in mid 1973 by Austin Behlert.
Looks more like his work than Armand’s. Also have a couple of guns Armand did for me that both have his stippling on the slide top and his version of a squared trigger guard.
The name on the slide does not ring a bell with me.
 

jquan2004

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Any idea who did the work on this gun?

this was built by oliver smith of san bruno, ca. circa 1972. at this time, he rivaled bob chow, armand swenson, and pachmayer . this pistol is on its 3rd barrel and still shoots good. its run hard and fast, still all original except barrel, bushing, and springs. mr smith could nave been a great one in this business, but sadly, the bottle got to him and he passed way too early. i have a 5 incher built by him that is all original except for the recoil spring. been blasting it for 45 years, thousands of hard ball rapid fire sessions. no breakage or malfunctions what so ever! thanks for asking.
 

Bob Lee

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this was built by oliver smith of san bruno, ca. circa 1972. at this time, he rivaled bob chow, armand swenson, and pachmayer . this pistol is on its 3rd barrel and still shoots good. its run hard and fast, still all original except barrel, bushing, and springs. mr smith could nave been a great one in this business, but sadly, the bottle got to him and he passed way too early. i have a 5 incher built by him that is all original except for the recoil spring. been blasting it for 45 years, thousands of hard ball rapid fire sessions. no breakage or malfunctions what so ever! thanks for asking.
Thank you for the back story. Shame he passed so early.
 

nod

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Guncrafter makes some nice pistols.
A person really doesn't know how nice a Guncrafter is until they shoot one. The commanders are really, really great to shoot plus they look great. Yes I have one and was blown away the first time I took it to the range.
 

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A Hillsdale/Baer Comanche (Commander) in the Lord's Caliber
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cxm

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Ok... I'll take a shot at a few...

This is a 9mm Commander , or started life as one... lt is now a 9x23 and an amazing pistol...

pScXPVJ.jpg



Next is a stainless Commander from the 1990s IIRC I used for a carry gun for a few years... It is a good shooter and totally reliable... it is a 45ACP of course...


Kt5vNOa.jpg



Here we have another 9mm Commander that became a 9x23... Shoots like a laser with a very powerful cartridge. The factory load is a 124gr JSP at 1470fps!! I load a Speer 124gr JHP designed for the 357 SIG and get a significantly faster result... I have chronographed some loads at over 1,600 fps from a 5" 1911 in 9x23. I expect from a 4" barrel it would be 40-60 fps slower.


m9eTo6B.jpg



Here is another stainless Commander, also used as a carry gun.


Pz8nWcD.jpg



This one is a safe queen...


5T7YjR8.jpg



Another Commander, this time plain old 45ACP.

4c1EzCn.jpg



This stainless Commander went to Clarks for a meltdown for carry... a great carry gun now with no sharp edges. Other than having the melt down I added a new thumb safety, a slightly extended beaver tail (the original Colt cut the web of my hand) an arched main spring housing, skeletal hammer and light weight trigger... otherwise is a strait stock gun.


77gy7iM.jpg



That should be enough for now... hope they are of interest.

Chuck
 
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squarebale19

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Ok... I'll take a shot at a few...

This is a 9mm Commander , or started life as one... lt is now a 9x23 and an amazing pistol...

pScXPVJ.jpg



Next is a stainless Commander from the 1990s IIRC I used for a carry gun for a few years... It is a good shooter and totally reliable... it is a 45ACP of course...


Kt5vNOa.jpg



Here we have another 9mm Commander that became a 9x23... Shoots like a laser with a very powerful cartridge. The factory load is a 124gr JSP at 1470fps!! I load a Speer 124gr JHP designed for the 357 SIG and get a significantly faster result... I have chronographed some loads at over 1,600 fps from a 5" 1911 in 9x23. I expect from a 4" barrel it would be 40-60 fps slower.


m9eTo6B.jpg



Here is another stainless Commander, also used as a carry gun.


Pz8nWcD.jpg



This one is a safe queen...


5T7YjR8.jpg



Another Commander, this time plain old 45ACP.

4c1EzCn.jpg



This stainless Commander went to Clarks for a meltdown for carry... a great carry gun now with no sharp edges. Other than having the melt down I added a new thumb safety, a slightly extended beaver tail (the original Colt cut the web of my hand) an arched main spring housing, skeletal hammer and light weight trigger... otherwise is a strait stock gun.


77gy7iM.jpg



That should be enough for now... hope they are of interest.

Chuck
Ok... I'll take a shot at a few...

This is a 9mm Commander , or started life as one... lt is now a 9x23 and an amazing pistol...

pScXPVJ.jpg



Next is a stainless Commander from the 1990s IIRC I used for a carry gun for a few years... It is a good shooter and totally reliable... it is a 45ACP of course...


Kt5vNOa.jpg



Here we have another 9mm Commander that became a 9x23... Shoots like a laser with a very powerful cartridge. The factory load is a 124gr JSP at 1470fps!! I load a Speer 124gr JHP designed for the 357 SIG and get a significantly faster result... I have chronographed some loads at over 1,600 fps from a 5" 1911 in 9x23. I expect from a 4" barrel it would be 40-60 fps slower.


m9eTo6B.jpg



Here is another stainless Commander, also used as a carry gun.


Pz8nWcD.jpg



This one is a safe queen...


5T7YjR8.jpg



Another Commander, this time plain old 45ACP.

4c1EzCn.jpg



This stainless Commander went to Clarks for a meltdown for carry... a great carry gun now with no sharp edges. Other than having the melt down I added a new thumb safety, a slightly extended beaver tail (the original Colt cut the web of my hand) an arched main spring housing, skeletal hammer and light weight trigger... otherwise is a strait stock gun.


77gy7iM.jpg



That should be enough for now... hope they are of interest.

Chuck
You should be ashamed of your selfishness and sell quickly contact me anytime.
 

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