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Colt Lightweight Officer’s Model

Once I became a 1911 junkie, it seemed the search was always on for a lightweight, more-compact, more concealable 1911 pistol.
Why didn’t John Moses Browning (PBUH) develop titanium first? *sigh*
A guy I used to know actually won a Colt Officer’s Model in a competition.  An all-steel one.  If I remember correctly, it was a Series 80, and constantly had functioning problems.
(I’ve never been a fan of Series 80 lawyer-induced modifications to the genius’s design  And this pistol seemed to prove it out.)
However, when you spend free time, hanging out with gunnies, going to gun shows, working part-time in a gun store, shooting guns and reading about guns, sometimes someone offers you a gun.
One of my gunnie friends called me with a LW Officer’s Model, Series 80, he was selling privately.  I jumped at it, and dropped her at the smithy to have an ambi safety installed.  After a couple days, the smithy called me and advised he couldn’t work on the gun, until the Series 80 mechanism had been replaced (for safety’s sake, okay, lawyer’s sake).  He said he could reinstall new replacement parts and then add the ambidextrous safety (for an additional fee, of course).  The previous owner had disabled/removed the lawyer-created parts.
I said yes, and eventually the work was done.  I also added some nice rosewood stocks, as well, and tritium night sights as I remember.
A thing of beauty – and I got her for a bargain price, even with the extra work!
She shot okay, better than the stainless Commander, but with the Series 80 works reinstalled. the trigger was lawyeriffic.  I pictured tiny guys in grey flannel suits inside keeping the trigger from operating smoothly or lightly.  Consequently, I didn’t shoot or carry her much.  I don’t even remember if I consulted with the previous owner about re-cannibalizing the safety mechanism, or not.
She became a safe queen.
And, when I carried a 1911, it was the full-sized custom National Match gun that was my first 1911.  The one I still own.
And now, the firearms industry seems intent on making Officer’s Model-sized 9mms and .380s.
Why, I’ll never understand.
We all know .45 ACP is God’s Caliber!


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


2 thoughts on “Colt Lightweight Officer’s Model

  1. I just removed the Series 80 stuff on my Combat Commander. Easy enough to do. Less moving parts is better!

    Posted by Keads | August 11, 2011, 11:09 am
  2. @Keads – it does improve the trigger! Just don't take her in for work – many smiths won't touch them post modification, out of fear of liability!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | August 11, 2011, 11:16 am

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