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Old 12-26-2009, 12:58 PM
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So I have this Colt Commander which I really like , but it just dosent do it for me. Im not a huge fan of having peep sights on my bed side / go to handgun & id like to modify it to fit my needs.






I am dead set on putting night sights on it, but which type do you guys recomend ? What other type of basic modifications do you guys recomend ? At first I wanted to keep th is as GI lookign as possible, but il just mod this to fit my needs and buy a GI U.S property 1911a1 down the road. This is a typical bed side / holster carry gun , and quite possibly a future heavy clothed CCW gun.
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Old 12-26-2009, 1:02 PM
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I like Trijicons, or Heinie's...If you want to keep it simple and basic, just an extended beavertail and those sights...MAYBE an extended slide release...Otherwise a fine gun as is (except the sights...shiver...)
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Old 12-26-2009, 1:04 PM
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i put new 3-dot sights on my Springfield GI which has the same kind of staked front sight as this. You will probably need to get dovetails milled into the front of the slide before you can fit night sights in it.
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Hard to go wrong with Heinie Straight 8 sights. Very fast to pick up / line up.

If the trigger is servicable for you then I'd leave the hammer and trigger alone. Swapping out the grip safety for something with a bit of a tail, an ambidextrous thumb safety and opening up the ejection port a bit is about all I'd do.

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I like Trijicons, or Heinie's...If you want to keep it simple and basic, just an extended beavertail and those sights...MAYBE an extended slide release...Otherwise a fine gun as is (except the sights...shiver...)
What do you guys think of these ? On average how much does a guns mith charge to install sights ?

What are the advantages of extended beavertail ?

http://www.opticsplanet.net/trijicon...colt-ca10.html
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Heinie's, beavertail, dehorn package and good trigger job is about all you'll need to get you started
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What do you guys think of these ? On average how much does a guns mith charge to install sights ?

What are the advantages of extended beavertail ?

http://www.opticsplanet.net/trijicon...colt-ca10.html

I've had great luck with trijicons. Most Gunsmiths will charge somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 to get them in right....depends on how much milling needs to be done, but most of the Triji's should fit fine from factory.

Extended Beavertail = higher grip possible without slide bite which super sucks

Look at the Heinie's too...Not that much difference in price, may take more milling, but again, great sight system. If you really like 3-dot (which I do..the Straight 8 takes a bit of getting used to, but then, they really are very fast on target and easy to use) then I would stick with the 3-dat, and definitely Tritium. Fiber Optics "tend" to fail more often, depending on brand and install..
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Thanks guys. I really like the heinies, seems to me like a point and shoot red dot type night sight. I really have to handle guns with both 3 dot or the single stack dot to see which one I like better. Im not sure If ima be doing other modifications, but for sure night sights are a must.
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if you go with the heinie's, get about 250 rounds and practice before you make that your primary defense gun. Once you get used to them, you will love them, if that's the way you go. If not, I'm surethe Triji's will serve you well
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Personally, I would not get the extended beavertail. In most cases, the frame will require machining to make it fit. I have large hands and even then, don't need it. The Commander hammer with the standard grip safety usually does not "bite". What I had done to my Combat Commander is: King-Tappen 3 dot sights,lowered ejection port,Ramp and throat(To feed hollow points) Extended safety and slide release.
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Personally, I would not get the extended beavertail. In most cases, the frame will require machining to make it fit. I have large hands and even then, don't need it. The Commander hammer with the standard grip safety usually does not "bite". What I had done to my Combat Commander is: King-Tappen 3 dot sights,lowered ejection port,Ramp and throat(To feed hollow points) Extended safety and slide release.
yeah i actually have big hands, and have not expirience slide bite. Either way i have not fed any hollow points with this commander, Is polishing of the feed ramps necessary ? A extended slide release would be nice, id like to release the slide with my thumb but cannot lol.
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It varies with each individual pistol. But from my experience and that of my friends, yes in about 90%. Throating is also needed. In most cases,the extended slide release does not need fitting. Buy it and drop it in. I have used
Kings parts on all four of my 1911's. All of mine have Kings Extended slide releases, extended safeties,Pachmayer grips and flat mainspring housings.
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It varies with each individual pistol. But from my experience and that of my friends, yes in about 90%. Throating is also needed. In most cases,the extended slide release does not need fitting. Buy it and drop it in. I have used
Kings parts on all four of my 1911's. All of mine have Kings Extended slide releases, extended safeties,Pachmayer grips and flat mainspring housings.
Is this the same kings over at Glendale ?

http://www.kingsgunworks.com/

It will be kind of nice to head over there, and browse around and pick up the extended slide release personaly.
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How about a Clark Meltdown and a hard chroming?

http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2...commander.html

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Personally, I would not get the extended beavertail. In most cases, the frame will require machining to make it fit. I have large hands and even then, don't need it. The Commander hammer with the standard grip safety usually does not "bite". What I had done to my Combat Commander is: King-Tappen 3 dot sights,lowered ejection port,Ramp and throat(To feed hollow points) Extended safety and slide release.
My Commander eats Hollow Points just fine....Actually it eats everything I eed it...Guess I'm lucky!
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I have that same model commander and like it.Mine has no issues firing hollow points,swc,ball of different weights.

I did get some trigger work done to lighten the pull thats about it as for the sights i dont mind them i can still hit my targets but a friend of mine brought up a good point with the org style sites is that you can still rack the slide with one hand if needed i couldnt do it as easy on my springfield that novaks on it.
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I really, REALLY like meprolight night sights. Kimber owns meprolight. The dots are very large, and very bright. They make sights for just about any gun you can imagine without having to have your slide machined. Go to kimber's website and check them out.
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Send it in to Colt for the 'Model O Package' and ask them to put whichever night sights you decide you like best on it. That package consists of a beavertail grip safety, de-horn, refinish, dovetailing the front sight and a novak rear sight. The night sights would cost extra. The 2009 price list says it runs $375 for the package.

I found these pics on the net of a Commander with the Model O package:







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Yes, It is the one in Glendale. Although it is under new ownership as "Gun Kings Armory" Most of the Staff have stayed. GREAT people!
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Nice il have to go check out kings.

I have decided on the type of night sights , im going with the Trijicon novak

http://www.opticsplanet.net/trijicon...ghts-ca26.html

and I will also be getting a set of crimson trace laser grips for her
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I'm also looking to get a different type of trigger for it , what do you guys reccomend ? and what type of changes other than visual would it give the gun ?
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Night sights are overrated and counter productive sometimes. I would do a wide notch rear and be done.
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Lehn20 in your opinion how are night sights counter productive ?
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Try the different configurations before you commit. I generally run a Heinie rear (no dots of any kind) with a tritium front sight from Novak.
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