Colt Lightweight Commander .38 Super Compact 1911 Semi-Auto Pistol 1937 C&R

SOLD FOR: $2675

WOA#: WY230921DK003

Make: Colt

Model: Lightweight Commander Model

Serial Number: 29515-LW

Year of Manufacture: 1952 (

Caliber: .38 Super

Action Type:  Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine

Markings:  The left side of the slide is marked “COMMANDER / MODEL”, “COLT”, “SUPER .38 / AUTOMATIC” and with a Rampant Colt logo.  The right side of the slide is marked “COLT’S MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.”. The right side of the frame is marked “29515-LW”. The barrel at the port is marked “COLT SUPER .38 AUTO”. The left of the trigger guard is marked with “P” and “VP” in a triangle.

Barrel Length: 4.25”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered brown “Coltwood” plastic panels with rampant colts in ovals. The grips have a few scattered light nicks and scratches. The checkering is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Black Alloy Frame

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion visible.  There are some minor traces of carbon in the grooves and should clean up nicely.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 70% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. There is some light wear on the slide, most notable at the front of the left flat where there is also some light surface oxidation. The grip areas show minor handling wear. There are some scattered light nicks and scuffs with one scratch behind the left slide serrations and a very minor “idiot mark” under the slide stop on the left of the frame. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good condition.

Mechanics:  The action functions correctly. The slide has little to no play to the frame. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included are two 9-round magazines marked “COLT”, “SUPER / 38 AUTO”, “M” and with a rampant colt on the floorplate.  There are also two more Mec-Gar 9 rd magazines.  All magazines display light loose storage and operation wear but overall rate in Very Good condition with strong springs and sharp leading edges.

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, but were also offered in the classic .45 ACP cartridge. This example was produced in 1937, chambered for .38 Super, and is in Very Good condition. With 9 rounds of .38 Super on tap, there really weren’t a lot of comparable compact autos in 1937. This pistol has light wear consistent with responsible carry and use over the last nearly 90 years. While this will make for a nice carry pistol in a potent chambering it will certainly be a nice addition to a Colt or 1911 collection, too. Please see our photos and good luck! -L.S.