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Colt Combat Commander



The Colt Combat Commander is a semi-automatic, single-action handgun developed by Colt Manufacturing Company. It is based on John M. Browning's renowned M1911 design. Notably, the Colt Commander was the first American pistol produced on a large scale to feature an aluminum alloy frame. Additionally, it was Colt's initial firearm chambered for the 9mm Parabellum cartridge.

Originating from a U.S. government initiative after World War II to procure a lighter sidearm for officers, the Colt Commander emerged in response to specific criteria set in 1949. These stipulations mandated the pistol be chambered for the 9mm Parabellum round, have a length not exceeding 7 inches, and weigh no more than 25 ounces.

Colt's response to this was a modified version of the M1911, featuring an aluminum alloy frame, a compact 4.25-inch barrel, and a 9-round magazine. In 1950, Colt began regular production, marking a significant milestone as it became the first large-frame pistol with an aluminum frame to undergo extensive manufacturing. Furthermore, it was Colt's inaugural pistol designed from the outset for the 9mm Parabellum cartridge.

Over time, Colt introduced variations of the Commander, including models chambered in .45 ACP and .38 Super. In 1970, the company introduced the all-steel "Colt Combat Commander," with an optional satin nickel finish. The original aluminum-framed version was subsequently renamed the "Lightweight Commander" to differentiate between the two models. The Colt Combat Commander series remains an emblem of Colt's dedication to producing innovative, reliable handguns, leaving an indelible mark on American firearm design and engineering.

Origin: United States
Manufactured: 1970-Present
Manufacturer: Colt

Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol

Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel Length: 108mm (4.25")
Action: Single-Action

Magazine Capacity: 9 Round Detachable Box Magazine


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