A Series 80 Colt LW Commander

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By Stu Palmer

Lots of folks acquire new pistols as an investment.
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We enjoy them while they’re a part of our collection, but we wouldn’t mind parting with them if the price were right.
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Then, there are those firearms we’ll never sell, either for sentimental reasons, or because they’ve got so much potential.
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This one checks the second and third boxes.
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I bought this Series 80 LW Commander from a Facebook friend back in June of 2014. I was looking for a base gun for a project, which I obviously have yet to complete.
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What I have in mind is a retro style “sleeper.” A pistol that may not look super fancy on the outside, but one which has a lot going on “under the hood.” The design for this one will borrow heavily from two other custom 1911 pistols, one of which was made for my friend, the other made for his Platoon Sergeant from one of his overseas deployments.
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Both of these custom pistol designs were influenced by the shared experiences of two men fighting the Global War on Terror. They are both purposeful in design and execution. They were both equipped with high visibility combat sights, precision machined internal parts, and match barrels fitted for extreme accuracy.
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The first of these two inspiration pieces had previously belonged to a Delta Force Lt. Colonel, and was gifted to my friend’s Platoon Sergeant while they were all in theater togetherr.
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Eventually this particular pistol returned stateside to serve as his duty sidearm. He works as a K9 handler for a small southern police department. The pistol is named Delilah.
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The second piece was a pure custom build, designed to pay homage to the first. Constructed on a virgin frame and slide kit from Caspian, it was finished to resemble a 1918 “Black Army” Colt’s 1911. I helped my friend with some of the design decisions, and gave plenty of advice on the selection of a builder.
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That gun was the part of his pistol collection he was most proud of.
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My friend passed unexpectedly on the 1st of April, 2016 leaving behind a wonderful wife and a beautiful daughter.
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I’m sorry I never took him up on his invitation to come to Kansas and hunt pheasant with him.

hen I finally finish this project, it will probably be a bit prettier than some rough old milspec 1918, but the design ethos will likely mimic the two reference pistols.
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Hopefully my friend would approve of my choices. I wish he was still here to shoot the bull and joke around about the silly state of the world today…
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Like I said, some pieces you’ll never part with.
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Rest easy my friend.
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In memoriam:
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Sgt. Laird Cameron Landis
2 February 1987 – 1 April 2016
Husband, father, soldier, friend.
CIB and Purple Heart recipient.

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