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Old 07-01-2003, 01:52 PM   #1
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It's True....It's True....

Yes, the Stainless NRM Colt Commanders are SWEET.

I received mine today and aside from a few swipes with a stone to knock down some edges, this weapon is beautiful. Trigger pull was gritty until I boosted it about 10 times, now it breaks at 4.25 lbs. The movement of the slide is very smooth, without the bumping so common with ill fitted guns. The gun was received with the long trigger and spur hammer and black rubber stocks. It was supplied with 2 stainless magazines.

All in all, the fitting was superb. The slide was centered in the dustcover, the bushing was tight around the barrel, yet moved freely when removing it. The barrel has no vertical/horizontal play within the bushing. The slide to frame fit was on par with my Springfield Loaded Government Model, if not a slight bit tighter.

It does have the downswept beavertail, which when comparing it to the Springfield is actually EASIER to manipulate the hammer due to not having to reach around the upward sweep with your thumb.

I have not fired the pistol yet, but will within the next week. Until then its in the safe as an known commodity, but with promise.

Thanks for all of you who have recommended this particular sidearm, especially "tuner" and Dane Burns.


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Old 07-01-2003, 03:30 PM   #2
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Yup, I just picked up my NRM Stainless full size and it is sweet. Pretty much everything you stated applies to mine as well. Here is a really big pic:
Old 07-01-2003, 04:47 PM   #3
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Actually, I knew you had picked up yours from reading some of the posts and I was counting the days until my Dealer got through the "backorder" and was able to pick one up. He even had me call his distributor to verify the "New Roll Mark" status and description of the weapon before he shipped it.

Yours has the checkered double diamonds, mine came with rubber, but I have a set of Gunsite Grips that went on mine that are similar in color to yours and it really sets it off.

I was kind of surprised at how well I like the trigger also, I figured that it would be the first thing gone, but it is kind of growing on me.

How does yours shoot? I won't be able to get out until next week with mine.
Old 07-01-2003, 06:51 PM   #4
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It seems to be shooting great, although I have been using really dirty ammo because of walmart's poor selection. I'm not that great a shot, but I've been getting nice 1" groups at 7 yds. Out of 100 rounds so far I've had 2 misfeeds, both were the last round in the mag. I don't know if this is due to me limp-wristing or if it is another problem I remember reading about here, I guess I'll find out when I get more and better ammo.
Old 07-01-2003, 08:25 PM   #5
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Last round misfeed: Depends on what the round is doing. If it is going 3/4 of the way into the chamber and then when you bump it it sticks, then it could be an extractor problem. If it goes the rest of the way in when bumped, it could be either more break-in or too weak of a recoil spring.

Have you tried another magazine, a known commodity? a lot of what goes wrong with these things is do to poor magazine springs/followers.

Just fire the heck out of it (about 500 rounds). If things don't start getting better then call Colt.

I am glad you enjoy yours. I can't wait to get mine into action.
Old 07-01-2003, 09:01 PM   #6
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The NRM Colts are awsome. I'm so impressed by the stainless models that I bought two of them.
Old 07-01-2003, 09:03 PM   #7
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Yeah when the last round jams, it goes half way into the chamber. When I just tap the slide it goes the rest of the way in, or I can rack the slide and eject it. I only have the two stock magazines, and I don't know which one was in when the misfeed occured. It probably just needs more breaking in, since these happened in the first 100 rounds.
Old 07-06-2003, 09:47 AM   #8
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Congrats on the new Commander. I have not seen that particular configuration. Try some Power mags or Wilson mags. The CMC's have been working very well in my 1911's.
Old 07-06-2003, 01:11 PM   #9
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The new Colt has shown itself well this weekend. I put 200+ rounds through it yesterday with no hiccups. The brass was ejected 6-7 feet to the right rear at the 4 o'clock position and there was no looseness found in either the sights or the plunger tube after firing. The trigger DID get a little stiffer, but still serviceable.

I did have to take a stone to the edges along the slide of my commander as they were definiitely sharp, but that took just a few minutes to break the edges slightly. The accuracy was okay for the pistol, but it could use a tighter barrel bushing. (is that something that colt would do under warranty along with looking at the trigger pull wieght???)

As far as the last round failure you were discussing, you may want to check the bottom edge of your extractor to see if it is chamfered. Look at it from underneath and see if the bottom edge has been rounded towards the front to allow a 45 degree cant to the round while entering the chamber. Otherwise I would suggest different mags or a recoil spring.

If anyone has had experience with Colt's warranty department please advise how to go about talking with them. I usually just fix them myself, but this one is too nice for me to play with.
Old 07-06-2003, 02:20 PM   #10
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Call Colt

and ask for Cindy. She is not only knowledgeable and professional, she is
a delight to talk to.

Luck to ya!

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