SOLD FOR: $2580
Make: Les Baer Custom
Model: S.R.P. Commanche, Swift Response Pistol
Serial Number: LB16511
Year of Manufacture: 1990s-2000s
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Removable Magazine Fed Single Action, Semi-Automatic Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “45 ACP”. The right side of the slide is marked “S.R.P.” and “BAER / Custom”. The top of the barrel is marked “BAER 45 MATCH”. The right side of the frame is marked “LES BAER CUSTOM / HILLSDALE, ILL USA / LB16511”.
Barrel Length: 4 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The pistol has Trijicon night sights. The front sight is a blade with a tritium insert and the rear sight is a lo-mount style sight with a square notch and two tritium lamps. Both sights are dovetailed into the slide and have a set screw.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are dark olive and black G-10 panels. They appear to be VZ Grips but there is no logo on the inside. The grips have the VZ Grips Gatorback texturing. There is light handling wear, no major defects. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition. The lamps are nearly dead.
Type of Finish: DuPont S Coating
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are light handling marks. There is a scuff on the left slide serrations. There is a patch of finish loss and bubbled finish on the grip safety. The slide stop & safety plunger tube has an area of finish loss. There is light operational wear. The screw heads are undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide-to-frame fit is snug and slick. The trigger is crisp. 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: Included is a Les Baer presentation case and two 8-round magazines.
Our Assessment: The 1911 and 1911-A1 pistols served the military of the United States from 1911 to 1985, through two World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam wars. They gained a reputation as a reliable handgun with plenty of stopping power, and are held in high regard by those who have used them. The design was the end-result of a series of developments by famous gun designer John Browning, starting with the Model 1900. The advances made by Browning were revolutionary at the time, and were so successful that they are considered commonplace today. Browning not only developed first a pivoting and then a tilting barrel to allow for a locked system, he developed the concept of “the slide”, which is now synonymous with semi-automatic handguns.
As with any hobby, with the 1911 you can go as far as your pocketbook will take you. Just about every brand has a 1911 on offer and they range from entry-level to high-end, this example is one of the latter. Les Baer is among a small group of the best manufacturers of custom and semi-custom 1911s in the world including Nighthawk Custom, Ed Brown and Wilson Combat. This pistol is an excellent example of why they have earned this reputation. The fit and finish are next level and Les Baer has combined the most desired upgrades including front and back strap checkering, extended indexing beavertail grip safety, beveled magazine well, extended ambidextrous thumb safety, night sights and skeletonized hammer and trigger with their legendary craftsmanship quality. Quality that will make this an excellent defensive pistol to which you can trust your life. This pistol looks nearly brand new and is in Excellent condition. If you’ve been looking to get a premium-quality 1911, you can’t do much better than this. Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!