SOLD FOR: $3654.97
Serial Number: CLW003328
Year of Manufacture: 1969 (Colt Serial Lookup)
Caliber: 9mm Luger/Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COMMANDER / MODEL”, “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / 9 M/M LUGER” and with a Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The right side of the frame is marked “CLW003328”. The top of the chamber is marked “CAL. 9MM LUGER”. The left-rear of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle, the left-front “4”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “0″. The magazine floorplate is marked “COLT / CAL. 9MM. LUGER”.
Barrel Length: 4 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a serrated, ramped face fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition. An alternate pair of brown synthetic grip panels with rampant Colt medallions is included.
Type of Finish: Blue and Black Alloy Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore is a 9 or 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few light nicks on the slide and mild operational wear on the barrel. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a two-piece faux-wood cardboard Colt box with model-matching label, an alternate pair of grip panels, a Colt maintenance tool and one (1) 9-round magazine with intact feed lips and strong follower spring.
Our Assessment: Introduced by Colt as a lighter-weight version of the 1911, the smaller size of the Commander was popular and soon they were offered in a number of variations including different frame materials and calibers. The original development centered on an aluminum-frame 9mm as a candidate for US Military post-war officer’s pistols. This example was produced in 1969, and is a very early example of the Lightweight Commander, produced in 1969 before the official launch of this model. The pistol is in Excellent condition with most of its finish remaining, a great bore and strong mechanics. This will make for a nice carry pistol, but it’s high condition will also make for a great addition to a Colt automatic collection. Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding! J. Ren