Handgun Reviews: The Colt Lightweight Commander

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September 18, 2023 / Comments (3)

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The Colt Lightweight Commander has been around since the early 1950s and is still a heavy favorite among gun aficionados. This handgun is still in command and rockin' even with all the polymer-featured firearms of today.

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Colt Lightweight Commander Review


The Colt Lightweight Commander stainless steel is one of those classic firearms that has always been popular. It has an alloy frame that is light, easy to carry, and shorter than a full-size 1911-design gun.

This handgun is considered one of the ultimate 1911s to carry. We tested one of these gun models in the past for three days with no malfunction.

A few hundred rounds of firing this pistol, with its accuracy unaffected, were very impressive. It feels pretty good in the hand as well as shooting with its extended trigger.

The Lightweight Commander has an overall length of 7.75 inches and a weight of 27 oz. Let's take a look at the other features of this thing of beauty made by Colt.

Gun Look and Specifications

This handgun has deep and sharp serrations on the slide, providing a secure grip for quick and reliable loading. Beginners and experienced shooters look for this feature in a gun.

Ease of Use and Performance

Unlike most handguns, the Colt Lightweight Commander has a comfortable alignment feature that makes it different from the rest.

This feature of the Lightweight Commander provides instant vertical and horizontal alignment.

Not all shooters are comfortable with this gun setup, though others claim it improves your accuracy once you get used to it.

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Pros and Cons

This gun has 7 or 8 rounds .45 ACP caliber magazine, as well as a 9-round capacity for a Colt Lightweight Commander 9mm. The weight of the handgun is definitely a plus for most people since it's easier to keep.

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On the downside, OEM magazines are always noted to not go into full battery. However, most aftermarket brands fit perfectly in this badass.

Overall Verdict

The Colt Lightweight Commander has a great value for its price. Its lightweight feature proves to be the best thing about this weapon.

It is comfortable and has a great feel on its grip. This is definitely recommendable to the casual gun enthusiasts and even for the gun junkies.

Watch this video by Juan Rivera and take a closer look at the Colt Lightweight Commander:

This handgun from Colt may look like your granddaddy's gun due to its 1911 design, but not really. It's customized with some of the modern firearm features like the Novak sights, which are known for their high visibility and durability for self-defense or competition shooting.

The Colt Lightweight Commander is not your ordinary sidearm.

What can you say about the Colt Lightweight Commander? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 7, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

3 Responses to :
Handgun Reviews: The Colt Lightweight Commander

  1. Teeroovengadum Kevin says:

    Will it Hurt a recoil sensitive Person with weak hands and Is the slide easy to rack?Also please tell me about the trigger pull and how Much does it weights with the empty mag.Thanx very Much for your reply

    1. TJC says:

      Racking this 1911 or any other semi auto pistol out there is now Very Easy to do – even for those of us with old hands that are not as strong as they once were. It is called Handi-racker. Check it out at; http://www.handiracker.com It’s the best $20 you’ll spend this year!

      1. Teeroovengadum Kevin says:

        Thanx for your reply.What about recoil for the différent calibres it is chambered for?

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