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Old 11-21-2003, 08:05 PM   #1
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Colt Commercial Lightweight 1911A1

Quote from Know Your .45 Auto Pistols, E. J. Hoffschmidt (p 20)
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"After WWII, Colt put the Model 1911A1 right back into its civilian line. The gun above is a post war commercial model with an aluminum frame for the Army lightweight tests. The serial number 649-LW for "lightweight"."
The picture looks like a normal 1911A1. Now, I have read dozens of stories about the 1940 tests that resulted in the Commander Model being released in 1949. However, I have never heard of Colt making a lightweight full size Government Model for military testing, much less for the civilian market.
I have had this book for about thirty years, but I never noticed this before.
Do any of you (smarter-than-me) Colt historians know anything about it?
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Old 11-22-2003, 07:16 AM   #2
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Clawson's book on Government Models (pp. 92-94) discusses these pistols. They were introduced in 1949 in .45 ACP, Super .38 and 9MM. A few were made in .30 Luger for shipment to Italy. The serial numbers started as 001--065 (1949) but then changed to 66-LW to 60277-LW (1950-1969). Then the Series 70 pistols started with CLW001001.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 07:28 AM   #3
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Thanks, kwill. I do not have that book. But, are you sure they are not referring to the Commander Model? This one has a five-inch barrel and a full-length slide. I know the CLW serial numbered Series ‘70s were Commanders.
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Old 11-22-2003, 04:04 PM   #4
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Yes, you're right--I'm referring to the Commander. I've never heard of a FULL-SIZE lightweight model, prototype or otherwise. However, Colt was bad about mismarking guns. There are quite a few Commanders around with Government Model marked on them and vice versa.
 
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