I picked up a 1954 Colt LW Commander...

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Longbow, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    567
    Aug 15, 2018
    It’s been years since I’ve owned a Colt.
    This one has been sitting in the store for about 3 months.

    1954 was the 4th year of production for the LW Colt Commanders.
    The steel framed Combat Commanders wouldn’t appear until 1970.

    The Korean War had just ended, MIM parts were still in the future. Colt still made guns that rattled, but not to the extent that they do now.

    Lock up is tight. Barrel is sharp. No frame cracks, but it needs some TLC, new springs, and a good trigger job.

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    Sooo, what now ??
    I’m used to dealing with newer Springfield’s.

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  2. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    very nice, enjoy!
     
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  3. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    A very nice example of the early Commander. Why would you need to do more than a complete spring replacement? I would just carry it, & enjoy this fine pistol the way it is.

    Sell it if you need a custom. I assure you some Colt lover will be happy to have it in his or her stable. :D
     
  4. joerockhead

    joerockhead "BOURBON" It's not just for Breakfast anymore ! Supporting Addict

    Oct 12, 2011
    Nice grab,,
    Great lookin Gun !!
     
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  5. Greg Derr

    Greg Derr Custom Pistolsmith Supporting Addict Sponsor

    660
    Oct 3, 2011
    Very nice.
     
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  6. Cousin Vinny

    Cousin Vinny Well-Known Member

    600
    Feb 24, 2015
    Agree with mike a. It’s awesome as it is!.
    Cousin vinny
     
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  7. LPRoad

    LPRoad Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 16, 2015
    Love the old Colts, congrats.
     
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  8. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    567
    Aug 15, 2018
    Yes, the plan is to keep it as is, just clean it up and carry it.
    It has some very minor external rust spots, but it’s very dry inside, and the mainspring plunger is pretty rusty.
    It’s obviously been sitting for a very long time.
     
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  9. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    567
    Aug 15, 2018
    As fortune would have it, a set of American Holly grips arrived today, from Woodcaliber.
    They are amazing !!
     
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  10. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Heck, I'll send you a newer Springfield for it . . . . . . .
     
  11. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I agree that is a good find. Very nice.
     
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  12. KS95B40

    KS95B40 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Aug 16, 2017
    My 1954 Commander.
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    The grips are Colt replacements. I still have the original Coltwood which had shrunk a bit over the years.
     
  13. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    567
    Aug 15, 2018
    I was able get rid of the rust spots, with an oil bath, tooth brush, and Hoppes #9.
    Just worked on the slide tonight.

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  14. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
  15. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    Nice looking LW Longbow! I have a 9mm and 38 special myself. What database did you use to determine it was a 1954?
     
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  16. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    567
    Aug 15, 2018
    The guys at the store had looked it up.
    They had three in there; this one, a stainless commander, and a nickel Government.
    I wasn't really interested in the stainless or the nickel one.
     
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  17. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    567
    Aug 15, 2018
    Quick question concerning barrel lugs, link, and slide stop fitment. (I'll try and get pix up after work).

    There seems to be no lug contact with the slide stop bar.
    The contact points on the lugs are still totally blued, with no wearer at all.
    The slide stop is showing wear on the center, from the link.

    Is this a problem ? Is it rectifiable ? Where would I look to rectify the issue ?
     
  18. WC145

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

    Jan 1, 2013
    You've cleaned it, now lube it and shoot it before messing with anything else. If it runs good and shoots straight then it doesn't need anything else.
     
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  19. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    567
    Aug 15, 2018
    Okay :D
    I'll still get pix once she's back together...

    Problem with working, is it takes time away from fiddling :(
     
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  20. WC145

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

    Jan 1, 2013
    No kidding, between my work schedule and the farm has whittled my fiddling time down to almost nothing.

    Let us know how it shoots. And, post some dirty guns pics!
     
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