Commander vs. Government

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Cop_Out, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    So, what's a better size, Commander or Government? What's the hives opinion on this?
  2. WWB

    WWB Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    Depends on the purpose and what you prefer me I prefer either a Government or a CCO for some reason I have had a half dozen commanders and they just dont do much for me..
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  3. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    I like the Government for shooting & the Commander for carry.
    Big weight difference, but my Government models shoot better.
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  4. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Papa Bear, Momma Bear, Baby Bear . . . .
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  5. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Active Member

    Sep 27, 2018
    One of each!
    They all have a purpose
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  6. Au Jus in Bello

    Au Jus in Bello Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2017
    They're identical except for 3/4" at the front end. To me, that balances a little better, points a little easier, and clears holster a little faster. In all of those, however, the difference is minimal. The trade is the 4-1/4" commander length is the minimum the 1911 design will function using a bushing, so you've reduced the reliability threshold slightly.
  7. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Government slide with a commander grip works best for me
  8. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I have both, have come to prefer a Commander for general carry, a little shorter, a little faster out of the holster, a little more comfortable when sitting in the car. But, most of my 1911s are Gov'ts, some of them also get carried, depending on the circumstances, and I usually us a 5" in competition. You have to try them all and figure out what works best for you.
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  9. RatBikeRod

    RatBikeRod You Don’t Know Me!

    Nov 22, 2017
    What’s better, beats or bears?

    Really its what you like most. Personally, pretty much everything I own (1911 or not) is commander length because I want the option of carrying them all! And yes, you can carry a Gov sized 1911 just fine, I just prefer the look, feel and balance of a commmander.

    Really up to you.
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  10. Yoemen66

    Yoemen66 Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2017
    I like the government for either shooting or carry. Your size will play into that a bit. I am 6'4" and the commander just feels small when I have messed with them. Of course, I also like having magwells on my guns for the added heft.
  11. pistolpete

    pistolpete Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2016
    I'm a little more accurate with a 5" gun but my favorite shooter is a Ruger CMD. For carry a lightweight Commander. The lightweight is a little snappy in .45 but manageable. I have a new 9MM Valkyrie Commander, it may become my favorite shooter, we'll see.
    The Commander is faster out of the holster, I really like the CMD.
  12. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    I’m sticking with commander and cco versions. I’ve been thinking about releasing my government sizes into the wild but probably won’t!
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  13. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    I change my opinion weekly. I have all 3 sizes and enjoy them all.
  14. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015
    Same as @stlgecko. I like them all and rotate often. Lol
  15. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    one potato.. two potatoes...three potatoes....four
  16. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    I have a new found love affair with my Ruger LW CMD and have an all stainless Ruger CMD on the way. I like the feel and weight better than the full size. To me, 3/4" can be felt and does make a difference.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
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  17. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    Sounds like breakfast! What time we eat'n?:D
  18. DD_USMC

    DD_USMC Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2014
    Please clarify....LOL or confused...not sure of your meaning.
  19. BigSkyGuy

    BigSkyGuy Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2018
    What these gents said.

    I used to favor the Commander size, but then started feeling more love for the G'ovt...then I tried out a CCO...I wouldn't want to have to pick between any of 'em!

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  20. BigSkyGuy

    BigSkyGuy Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2018
    You let me know if you decide to turn that 5" 10mm Wilson out...

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