I have a Colt Commander with the serial number of 215xxLW I am trying to get information on date I am thinking 1950 and a value range, it is is very good shape. Any help would be appreciated
Welcome to the forum Searchlightw20, I hope members here having knowledge of this particular brand will see this and react soon
does this sound like your pistol?
Colt entered a modified version of their M1911 pistol that was chambered for 9 mm Parabellum, had an aluminum alloy frame, a short 4.25-inch barrel, and a 9-round magazine. In 1951, Colt rushed their candidate into regular production. It was the first aluminum-framed large frame pistol in major production and the first Colt pistol to be originally chambered in 9 mm Parabellum.
In 1970, Colt introduced the all-steel Colt Combat Commander, with an optional model in satin nickel. To differentiate between the two models, the aluminum-framed model was re-named the Lightweight Commander.
This is a 45 cal
Colt CLW nr. 215XXLW falls in the series made during 1952, according to R. L. Wilson in his book, COLT An American Legend. If in really nice shape, with the original (rather ugly) stock panels, there should be some collector interest. A retail value of $500 to $700 would not be unreasonable. If not so good cosmetically, then it is still a desirable shooter/carry piece, and it would still be worth over $450.
You may have heard about the accuracy problems with the older Super .38s, which headspace on the small semi-rim. Unfortunately, this is all true! Given uniform cases and a well-fitted pistol, they are capable of adequate accuracy. My last Super .38 Commander, made in 1969, wouldn't keep five shots on a cowboy hat at 25 yards, shot from a rest! I traded it because at the time I couldn't afford to have a Bar-Sto barrel fitted to it. Bar-Sto and some other barrel makers offer update barrels, cut to allow the cartridge to headspace on the case mouth (the usual manner) and this allows for good accuracy. I understand that all Colt barrels produced since about 1995 are of this configuration. You can order after-market barrels from Brownell's, but note: gunsmith fitting is required.
With all respect, kim32321 - - Colt produced the first 65 Commanders for public sale in 1949 and production was well under way in 1950.
I'm looking for a carry-grade pistol of this type. If you're in the mood to sell, please e-mail and we can try to work out something.
My mother-in-law owns a pawn shop and sold one of her guns to her boyfried a year or two ago and we are trying to buy accessories for it for Christmas without giving away what we are doing.
The gun is a Colt Commander and we did get him to tell us that it is a Lightweight. I looked at our old records and the serial is 394xxLW. We are hoping to find a 22LR conversion kit for target shooting. So my question is, do you know of someone who manufactures a kit that would work for this gun, and is it in fact a 4.25 in barrel? It would be cool to know when this gun was manufactured, but I'm more interested in finding the conversion kit. I've been told to try a Kimber kit... any opinions?