Colt Request Assistance On Value Of Colt LW Commander

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by budroe, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. budroe

    budroe Well-Known Member

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    Apr 22, 2014
    I've a friend who's been ask to sell an older LW Commander .38 Super for a lady who's husband just passed away. The SN dates the Colt to 1956. There are some blemishes on the frame but no rust. According to the lady the pistol had some military connection, but I have never heard of the Army fielding handguns in .38 Super; of course, there's a lot of things I don't know about LW Colts, .38 Supers or the military.

    I have been forwarded several photos of the gun, and was hoping someone here with experience in Colts can help in estimating the gun's worth. Sorry, realize the photos aren't all that clear. Appreciate any help provided.

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  2. Greg Derr

    Greg Derr Custom Pistolsmith Supporting Addict Sponsor

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    Oct 3, 2011
    The photos are too small to be of any use in determining condition or value.
     

  3. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    Value on these is driven by how original it is along with condition. As Greg said, you can't tell much of either from the pics.
     
  4. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    What I see looks pretty rough .
     
  5. budroe

    budroe Well-Known Member

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    Apr 22, 2014
    Yeah, I realized the photos were really small; that's the way they were sent to me. Sorry, I haven't an idea on how to enlarge them. I'll try to get my friend to send me some that are larger.
     
  6. budroe

    budroe Well-Known Member

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    Apr 22, 2014
    My son was able to enlarge the photos a bit - hope they show better now. cmdr.jpg cmdr1.jpg cmdr2.jpg
     
  7. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    Maybe $1200-$1400 in my part of the world. Slide stop and thumb safety look like they have been replaced?
    PS: Glad it is not a 1958, I would probably do something stupid...
     
  8. Greg Derr

    Greg Derr Custom Pistolsmith Supporting Addict Sponsor

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    Oct 3, 2011
    It looks original aside from the grips which would have been " Coltwood". It would be a good base gun if it has no cracks or internal battering. The finish is poor and would need to be redone by someone who knew what they were doing. In the condition is in, given that it is a Super .38 I would value it at $850. The first year of production was 1949 1/2.
     
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  9. budroe

    budroe Well-Known Member

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    Apr 22, 2014
    Thanks guys. I'll pass that on to my friend.
     
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  11. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I should send the O.P. the name of the guy on GB who could sell it for his friend as a "nearly virgin Colt" but only if he has the styrofoam box for which he will detail that in 12 pics. :grin: :cry::cry::cry::cry:
     
  12. deadguy

    deadguy Charlie Daniels Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    Several years ago I was offered a similar model in .45, and I believe it was a 1952 or 1954 production. Selling price was $750, and it was in better shape than this one. However, as Greg said, being a .38 Super, value may be higher.
     
  13. budroe

    budroe Well-Known Member

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    Apr 22, 2014
    Thanks guys, I do really appreciate the help with this. Has anyone here ever heard of the Army issuing a .38 Super Commander to any personnel?? The owner was not an officer, he was supposed to be in security, escorting some senior brass around Korea back in the mid-late 50s. Doesn't make much sense to me.
     
  14. sparkyfender

    sparkyfender Active Member

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    Nov 26, 2017
    That's a pretty nice pistol, taking into account the surface condition. I could go for it, as long as the internals haven't been buggered, which is a concern. Unless it is super collectible, I would opt for a refinish. Thanks for sharing!
     

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