January 2002

Lightweight Commander 1911s: Powerful .45 ACP Packages

We think Coltís interpretation of the Commander-size handguns leads the way in this test, and Springfield offers a welcome Compact alternative. But pass on Kimberís Pro Carry Type II.

We recently queried a number of custom gunsmiths to learn what they recommend as a reliable, easy to pack, powerful carry gun. A popular answer was an Officer’s frame with a Commander length slide, a combination which marries a longer slide (to make the pistol more reliable) with a shorter grip frame (to make it easier to conceal). Perhaps it was this reasoning that prompted Springfield Armory to introduce its new Compact pistol, which for all intents and purposes has replaced the Champion Lightweight (a true Commander-sized pistol).

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