Photo of Colt 1991 stainless Commander 1911 pistol with checkered rubber grips and bobbed combat hammer

In 1991, Colt was facing competition from a number of new 1911 makers. Colt's research showed that customers bought Colt pistols in large part because of the nostalgia associated with the Colt brand name. So, Colt decided to "return to its roots" by producing lines of 1911 pistols that were similar in many respects to the original Colt 1911A1. Thus was born the 1991 series of 1911 pistols, which combined many of the aesthetic features of the original 1911A1 with Colt's technological advancements.

The 1991 Commander has a solid aluminum trigger, not a skeleton trigger like those found on most 1911's. The trigger is longer than that found on original 1911A1 models for those who like a longer trigger pull.

The sights are similar to the original 1911A1 sights, but not exactly. They're partridge style sights, which look nearly like the original, but give a slightly better sight picture.

The hammer isn't a spur hammer, but is instead a bobbed combat hammer, which is more functional for a combat/carry pistol. The grip safety is contoured, unlike the original flat grip safety, again to provide better functionality for a combat or carry pistol.

Colt didn't start producing stainless steel 1911 pistols until the 1970's, so this stainless 1991 Commander is a mix of old and new. It has the nostalgic feel of the original 1911A1, but the stainless finish provides corrosion protection.

The grips are checkered composite rubber, for longer wear as well as comfort.


  • Aluminum trigger
  • Single action
  • Fixed sights
  • .45 ACP
  • 7 + 1 round capacity
  • Beveled magazine well
  • Standard thumb safety and service style grip safety

Name: Commander, Model 04091U
Frame material: Stainless steel
Frame finish: brushed stainless steel
Barrel length 4 1/4"
Overall length 7 3/4”
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 7 + 1
Hammer: Bobbed
Trigger: Aluminum
Action: Single
Front: White dot
Rear: White dot
Grips Checkered rubber composite material
Grip safety: Standard
Thumb safety: Standard

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