Ruger LW Commander vs ???

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by peacemaker45, May 10, 2018.

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  1. peacemaker45

    peacemaker45 Member

    Apr 22, 2003
    Alger, OH

    I've been away from shooting for a while. Marriage and children sort of altered priorities for a while. Just starting to look around the landscape again. I've been lazy about carrying for a long time, just slipping my trusty ol' P32 in my pocket and calling it good. I recently decided to man up again, and carried my Ruger SR1911CMD for a few days. (That'd be a steel framed, or Combat Commander, in Colt-ese.) It shoots nice, with about the best trigger I've seen on a factory 1911. More accurate than a number I've owned. Reliable. More or less dehorned, already. I've evidently gotten old, though. Or soft. Possibly both. Man is that a heavy pig.

    Which is funny, as I used to carry Government Models all the time. Sometimes with 3 mags to try and balance the load, sometimes just a second Gov't Mod. I guess I'm just not so ambitious anymore, or something. Lol

    So, since Ruger very kindly came out with a Lightweight Commander of their own about two weeks after I bought the steel version, several years ago, I'm now curious how they've proven out? As good as the steel? Or is there another lightweight make at around that price point ($650-700ish,) that would do better?
  2. CDW4ME

    CDW4ME Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    Free State USA
    Have Ruger lightweight commanders in 9mm and 45 acp
    9mm has ramped barrel
    45 has titanium insert to protect against damage from JHP / magazine
    Both feed HP and eject brass reliably, my pistols initially get as much (or more) HP as FMJ.
    Rear sight adjustable for windage, front sight height well regulated.
    Both had plunger tube spring overly kinked causing mushy (too easy) disengagement, same issue on full size 45 and 10mm. (spring easily replaced)
    (If one has a Ruger 1911 and the plunger tube spring / thumb safety was okay, great, I'm 4/4 on weak)
    9mm recoil spring originally too light, maybe 10#, replaced with more suitable (heavier) weight.
  3. highlander 5

    highlander 5 Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Have the 9 mm light weight replaced recoil spring with a 12 lb from Wilson,pistol now runs like a top.
  4. klausman
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    klausman Member

    Sep 22, 2012
    I have found the Light weight much more comfortable to carry than its steel counterpart. Both guns have shot well and are just what I wanted. The light weight recoil is a little more snappy than the steel, as one might expect. Good stuff Maynard.
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