View Full Version : sw1911pd vs. colt 1911 1991 series

01-14-2012, 7:05 PM
I have a sw1911pd commander, it is a sweet pistol, eats all ammo flawlessly. However I really dont shoot it much. I have been thinking about either selling it or trading for a colt series 1991 stainless commander, it is on the roster. I'm thinking of the Colt for collectability, so would it be worth the trade? Are the newer Colts anything special compared to the Smiths. I do like the stainless finish and classic look of the internal extractor. Would like to hear some opinions. Also my Smith has the small writing on the slide not the big advertisment of the older ones.

01-14-2012, 7:54 PM
I wouldn't make the change. That S&W is fitted tightly and has a host of features that make it a very good choice as a carry gun. You don't gain anything by going with the Colt except a poorer fit and fewer features.

The only reason I'd choose a Colt over the S&W is if I was buying it as the base gun for a full buildup...which would address the fit issues

01-14-2012, 8:36 PM
You're not getting the bells and whistles with a 1091 (stainless is 1091 not 1991). Unless you spent about $900 on your 1091 it won't have the same features as the S&W out of the box.

The way I see its you're wanting to trade a S&W commander which lists at $1109 with an alloy frame and what most would consider upgrades for a Colt that lists at $960 with basically no upgrades with the intention of perceived 'collectability' down the road. You're talking about two production guns, not something that already is collectible e.g. 50's Combat Commander or WWII 1911, etc. versus a new production gun. If you like the Colt better, go for it. Otherwise you're not really gaining anything in resale value.

The fit on a Colt vs. a S&W is a non-issue for me. The original specs on a 1911 called for tolerances in the slide and frame to allow for a reliable gun. In my opinion current manufacturers who reduce those tolerances for a gun with a 'tight fit' sacrifice reliability. My most reliable 1911 is the loosest fitting one I have.

01-15-2012, 7:39 AM
I have a Colt XSE and the S&W was third on my list of 1911s...I like my M&P but when I think 1911 I think Colt.

Worth it since you yourself said it was for a collectable.

If you said you were going to buy a Colt I would say to do so as well.

01-15-2012, 9:05 PM
Decisions decisions, I do think I want the Colt thanks for helping me make up my mind.

01-15-2012, 9:32 PM
I just bought my first 1911, a Colt 1911 SS because of the collectibility reason you mentioned. If you want 1911 it has to be Colt, all others are imitations :-).

Just my 2 cents.

01-16-2012, 9:45 AM
keep the smith they are great pistols

01-16-2012, 10:07 AM
I have the O1991 and I love it. Its just soo sexy. It eats any ammo I load it up with. Very reliable and accurate, it is a Colt after all :D. I will say though I have handled a few of the S&W 1911s, the 108282 model, and all of them had oustanding feeling triggers. Just a hair lighter than my Colt. I still love my Colt though and the blued finish they use.