The Colt Commander was developed in the 1950′s as a smaller version of the M1911A1 service pistol. As the name suggests, the idea was to have a gun that was smaller for upper ranking officers who were unlikely to actually see combat.
The Colt Commander was the first 1911-style pistol to be chambered in 9mm. The models made for the US Army were all chambered in .45 ACP.
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