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Colt Lightweight Commander (Stainless)

One advantage of having friends who work at a local gun store, is they get to know your tastes, wants and desires.  About firearms, anyway.
One afternoon, Bob H. (yes, another Bob) calls me from the shop.  He said he remembered my proclivities for rusting anything in sight, and a gun just arrived which I might like.  A Stainless Lightweight Commander.
I couldn’t make tracks fast enough to get to the store!
She was a beauty.  Mat stainless slide, alloy frame, black sights and trigger.  Of course, being from Colt, she needed the addition of a proper ambidextrous safety.  So, without leaving the store after plunking down my cash, into the smithy she went.
Patience is not one of my virtues, but, I am working on it.
In a few days, I got the call and picked her up.
Because, I can also be a bit compulsive, even though I had perfectly suitable holsters at home I could use, I immediately went next door to The Wilderness.  Therein, Ralph Holzhaus custom-fashioned the latest in Kydex finery he had just begun selling for my new baby.
The end result was a brand new stainless carry piece, in a brand new Kydex concealment holster.
I was jazzed.
Off to the indoor shooting-range.
It had been a few weeks since I’d gone shooting.  The pistol functioned fine and I knew my skills were adequate.
I couldn’t keep a decent group to save my life!  (emphasis obvious)
But, I returned on a regular basis, because, this was to be my new carry gun.  I even added flat-finish, smooth, ebony stocks.
No luck.
I don’t know if it was the trigger, the bushing or what, I just couldn’t get this firearm to perform on command.  And, isn’t that what she was for?  Wasn’t she a Commander?
So, she became largely a safe queen, until I traded her for another gun.  And, one of the GOBs (good-old-boys store regulars, – a fireman) picked her up.
And, he told me she shot ‘okay’.  Guess it was me?
And the custom Kydex holster was relegated to the wire milk crate of unused holsters, where it lives, today.  I never bought any other Commander-style pistols, so, I’d no more use for it.
Sweet looking piece, though!

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