Colt’s Government Model 1991

Several months ago, I bought a Colt’s Government model 1991. A 1911 frame, Colt updated their model number around 1991. This was another pistol I order from Bill at Luckily, I was able to get my hands on it soon after I bought my Springfield 1911 TRP. What’s so special about this pistol? My pistol is literally 27 out of 30.

The Colt was ordered by a distributor for an Electronic Show (E-show) at the SHOT show expo where guns were displayed on computer only to avoid any marring or wear. They were ordered with the external extras that are obviously present and the internal components considered equivalent if not superior to a Colt Gold Cup. Internal work/parts included national barrel, bushing, trigger job etc. Since the distributor ordered 30 (mine is 27/30) 2 years ago, they probably received a good deal. It was a special mini run, so they asked Colt Custom to number them. This pistol was made in 2005, and apparently was one of two last pistols available – ultimately making them a rarity and a possible collector’s gem. Imagine a series of 30 units made in the entire North America, and I happen to be one of them. Pretty cool if you ask me.

This is not a safe queen [okay, maybe it is]. I’ve shot at least 700 rounds through it since this post.  It’s amazing to hold. For some reason, the grip seems thinner than my TRP as a result of the higher cut on the front strap.

The bluing is very nice. It’s glossy on the sides and flat on the contours. Trigger pull is so smooth and I really love the lack of a recoil spring guide. It’s much easier to take down when cleaning.

For the first few hundred rounds it was having feeding problems after it was dirty. The feed ramp was not as polished as my TRP and had some machine tool marks. The slide was also sticky when pulled all the way back. I found out that the slide lip still needed to be broken in. Beyond the two issues (which have been remedied), this is an awesome pistol. I am able to achieve very tight groupings at 15 yards.

I switched the factory Colt grips for some ranger type grips that were received as gifts from A VERY nice color was chosen and the folks at do awesome work. Damn sexy I must say.

There’s something different about Colt pistols compared to everything else. It just fits my hand better. A gentleman, another 1911 aficionado, this week complemented my on my piece and totally agreed that it’s certainly a different feel from the rest. A gentleman in Canada liked the pistol so much (my pictures sold it), he had went through all the red tape to get it! Fantastic pistol. If you want one made – have fun footing the bill!

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3 Comments on “Colt’s Government Model 1991”

  1. Tony smart
    February 20, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I have a combat commander model, 1991 by colt it is very accurate, fits nicely in my hand.
    I put hogue grips on it which made it very comfortable to shoot. Usually a 45 has a hard recoil but this pistol is very smooth.

  2. December 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    She’s a beauty, even more so in the “safe roster state”, I love going online at looking at all the 1911’s I CAN’T BUY because I live in Ca.


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