The story behind the Colt Commander is an interesting one. In 1951, the US military opened up a gun trial looking for pistol candidates to replace the full-size Colt Government model 1911 that military officers were carrying. The full size government was somewhat large and heavy for military officers who weren’t station in a combat zone, so the military was looking for a lighter weight alternative.
The military requirements for the trial stated that the pistol had to be chambered in 9mm that did not exceed 7 inches in overall length or weigh more than 25 ounces unloaded. Colt entered a cut down version of their 1911 that featured a 4.25 inch barrel, was chambered in 9mm, and used a 9 round magazine. As the trials were underway, Colt elected to go ahead and push the trial gun into production under the name of a “Colt Commander”. Although primarily known as being chambered in 45 ACP these days, the first few years of production, the Commander was also chambered in 9mm and 38 Super calibers.
Over the years, a number of Commander variations have been offered by Colt, including the following:
- Lightweight Commander – In 1970, Colt introduced an all steel version of the Commander and named it the Colt Combat Commander. To avoid confusion between the aluminum frame original model and the all steel version, Colt renamed the original Commander to the Colt Lightweight commander.
- Combat Commander – An all steel version of the Commander that was released in 1970.
- Commander Gold Cup – Designed for competition right out of the box
- Combat Elite – Designed for combat competition shooters right out of the box
Since the Commander was introduced, it has steadily gained a following among 1911 fans as it offers the same round capacity of the full size 5” model, but weighs anywhere from 6 to 8 ounces less depending on the Commander version.
In terms of holsters and concealed carry, the single stack Commander features a thin grip and overall profile that is ideal for IWB carry at the 3 or 4 o’clock position on the waist. It also carries and rides on the waist in OWB carry very well. One point to mention about thumb break holster models for the Commander: most all holster makers produce holster models with a thumb break or retention strap that is designed to be worn with the Commander in the cocked & locked (hammer cocked) position. So if you prefer to carry your Commander in the hammer down position, you’ll be better suited to purchase an open top style holster.
Holsters listed below are produced to fit the Colt Commander 1911 with a 4.25” barrel.https://www.pinterest.com/mtrcustomle0877/
Bull Hide Gun Belt (GB-1)$74.99
Exotic Professional Paddle (A-8C)$89.99
Double Mag Carrier (A-1M)$69.99
Low-Rider Holster (Swan) (C-1)$79.99
Deluxe Double Quick-Snap Mag Carrier (A-3M)$74.99
Tactical Paddle Bundle (SP-5)Product on sale
Double IWB Mag Carrier (Tuckable) (A-6M)$79.99
Horizontal Shoulder Rig (B-9)$259.99
Dual Purpose Holster (A-2) QUICK SHIP ITEM$89.99
- Inside the Waistband (IWB) 7 products
- Outside the Waistband (OWB) 12 products
- Exotic Leather Holsters 25 products
- Autumn Collection 12 products
- Dual Carry (IWB/OWB) 2 products
- Package Deals 13 products
- Belts 13 products
- More Holsters 15 products
- Service/Maintenance 35 products
- Accessories 22 products
- UKOALA Concealed Carry Bags 25 products
- Women's Top Choices 19 products
- Quick Ship Items 12 products
- CLEARANCE 10 products
- Gift Certificates/Wrapping 2 products
Paddle Holster (A-8) (CLEARANCE)Product on sale
Adversary Holster IWB (A-3) (CLEARANCE)Product on sale
UKOALA BAG BIGFOOTProduct on sale
KANGAROO-BACKPACK & HIP BAGProduct on sale
Richardson MTR HatsProduct on sale
Universal Leather Belt/Clip Holster$19.99
Ukoala Pouch (Wallet)Product on sale
Stingray Bundle Gun Belt & Pancake HolsterProduct on sale
Armor SteelProduct on sale