Colt 1968 Commander

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  1. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim chicken wings

    Jan 18, 2018
    AC17A7EB-0AE7-442B-B575-1BFC3F707E53.jpeg 384973D8-B31A-49B3-ACD1-3F9FCCDD2DCC.jpeg 56CB59C2-8A58-48A2-B7E8-66DD11296401.jpeg 9007F73C-4906-4272-A146-6E92574F97E5.jpeg DA060169-1BAF-4F97-B716-53603C50B075.jpeg 0B165AAF-3E6E-4123-BB77-43237CB29175.jpeg FA869F04-ECEA-42B6-8F5D-FA05D38ED227.jpeg 16B82A30-F76D-4E7B-BCA1-43427DC6958A.jpeg 0DA03B86-C9D0-43AD-A5DA-CD153C9B448E.jpeg 185B814D-B0E8-4A21-9565-7AED828F792D.jpeg Hello. I had an opportunity to purchase a 1968 from a gentleman whose grandfather in law just passed. This would be the oldest 1911 I own. I assured the gentleman this would be respected and well cares for. Condition upon receipt was great in my opinion. Trigger is a bit gritty but I think I’ll keep it as is. Plastic Colt grips shrunk and by the looks of one of the grip screws someone at one point had a hard time. Sure enough, the bushing came out and the frame hole is stripped. Lots of dried oil upon disassembly. My FFL was afraid to rack it since it was stuck. Frame and slide fit are great. No rattle. Thumb safety has that slight over travel when taking off safety. Lots of gum removed. This thing is beautiful in my eyes.


    Looking to buy a bushing repair kit and get it going. Hoping that it is not difficult.

    If anyone has any thoughts or opinions, let me know.
     

  2. Greg M.

    Greg M. Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 6, 2020
    I like it. Just a classic looking 1911.
     
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  3. LEO918

    LEO918 Death Valley, Arizona.

    94
    Jun 7, 2020
    Looks like a fun project. Here's one of mine. LW Commander Ivory.jpg
     
  4. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I have a pair of the original grips for this that are not shrunk...
     
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  5. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim chicken wings

    Jan 18, 2018
    Really? What do they go for?
     
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  6. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim chicken wings

    Jan 18, 2018
    Nvm. I realize which grips you are talking about. Serendipity that I ended up with a 68, Steve.
     
  7. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
  8. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I can send you a set of original bushings too, if you haven't already ordered them.

    Challis bushings would be a nice upgrade however.

    UZ
     
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  9. Havoc35

    Havoc35 Active Member

    64
    Apr 14, 2020
    Complete and total work of art. From a time where NC programming didn't cut steel for people. Great piece, make sure you treat it right and shoot it!
     
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  10. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Tree fiddy fib!
     
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  11. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Note the LW in the serial number
     
  12. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Great catch!
     
  13. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    I’ll take it!

    Oh... sorry, I got caught up in the moment. :cigar: Nice pick up Peter
     
  14. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Those grips don’t look too bad. I’ve seen far worst (stretched) grips than these. Mount them on another 1911, while you repair the bushing. They will continue to shrink while off of your ‘68. They appear to have some original life left in them!
     
  15. DWdude

    DWdude Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2019
    Nice pony!
     
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  16. retrieverman

    retrieverman Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2013
    When you say bushing repair, do you mean a bushing was stripped?
    I had to go to oversized bushings on a similar gun a while back and still have the retapper somewhere. If you have to go that route, I’ll gladly let you borrow it.

    That’s a great looking gun for it’s age. Congrats!!!:thumbs:
     
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  17. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    You’ll have to use an oversized bushing if the frame is stripped. challis has everything you need. Nice Colt.
     
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  18. dasroofr

    dasroofr Well-Known Member

    584
    Jul 13, 2019
    That 62 year old Colt has aged very well, congratulations, fallenangel.
     
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  19. DWdude

    DWdude Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2019
    52 years sir! I'm a '67 production model and I'm not quite ready to be in my 6th decade yet!
     

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