Pachmayr Custom Colt Commander


Karl has some pictures, inside and out, of a real classic.


  1. The PCC 1911’s were one of the first of the “custom 1911” pistols in the market, and they started from a Colt product that was then augmented with (as I recall, I could be wrong here), a Bar-Sto barrel, a new bushing fitted to the barrel, the sights were custom (I don’t remember what the source of the sights was just now), the slide/frame fit was tightened (this is a subject where I could write a small dissertation on how this used to be done), they had a very nice trigger job on them, and then the grip potentially had some checkering done. This one has a Pachmayr wrap-around grip, and what looks like a excellent trigger job, etc.

    They were nice guns and in their day, worth paying and waiting for. Today, you have at least a half-dozen ‘smiths building equal or better quality pistols for similar money, perhaps starting from better components than Colt. In their day, the number of sources for 1911 parts was much smaller, which is why the PCC’s started from a Colt. In short, the 1911 market has benefitted from the 1911 becoming “America’s pistol” – much as the AR market has benefitted from it being “America’s rifle.”

    I’m not sure what else you’d want me to address here. In their day, these pistols were quite something unique and exemplary. Today, they’re worth collecting (in part because they started with a Prancing Pony 1911), but today there are perhaps better custom 1911’s on the market. These things get to be a matter of opinion at times, and my opinion is worth no more than anyone else’s. I love my 1911’s (all of them, even the ones in rough, stock condition) and a well-tuned 1911 is a thing of wonder to behold, regardless of when they were made.

    • I didnt really mean for you to address it or give a history lesson, I knew all that. I just was wondering what you would have to say on the internal polishing work


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