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Heat
July 11, 2016, 23:47
I am liking the lightweight commander--and they are under $900 it seems--anyone know if the are made here and any experiences with them?
http://www.gunbroker.com/item/570651948

http://www.colt.com/Catalog/Pistols/Lightweight-Commander

I know that a lot of firearms source parts, sometimes slides etc from overseas--that's why I ask. I have owned foreign 1911's and no complaints--just have a hankering to own a classic. Thanks for any feedback!

sweetwine
July 12, 2016, 07:46
All Colt's are made in the US. There are a few MIM parts but all hi wear parts are forged machine made. Have a light weight commander in 38 Super. great pistol. That's a good price on the one you are looking at, go for it you will be happy.

Heat
July 12, 2016, 11:30
All Colt's are made in the US. There are a few MIM parts but all hi wear parts are forged machine made. Have a light weight commander in 38 Super. great pistol. That's a good price on the one you are looking at, go for it you will be happy.

thanks! Yes--it's funny, I have owned and looked at so many 1911's that are not Colts--brother has a Kimber that costs about the same as this pistol and from what I read on a couple other forums, Colt is the better 'bang for the buck'.

Retired Bum
July 12, 2016, 12:29
The last 1911 I bought a little over a year ago was the Colt M1911 100th Anniversary issue. Definitely US made.

Years ago the Smith & Wesson foundry in New Hampshire was producing raw forgings for 1911 frames and slides for other makers. I believe one of the major buyers of these forgings was/is Kimber.

OTOH Springfield Armory imported their frames and slides from IMBEL which are made in Brazil. I don't know if this is still the case or not. Very few makers of M1911 type pistols have the means to produce a new pistol from scratch. S&W does and maybe they are the only US maker who can claim that.

And so it goes.


The Retired One