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I am looking at buying a 1st year LW commander. It is in a brown two piece box and I wonder what is the correct box for a 1xxx-LW commander? If someone could post a photo of the proper box and label I would appreciate it. Thanks, Larry
 

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Early Commanders are highly collectible.

The proper box is the dark brown, pebble-grain, hinged-lid box with the buff interior, and a dirty gold end label with either dark green or black lettering. The serial number should be written on the bottom, often in orange/red grease pencil, but sometimes in other colors. I have such a box, but do not have a picture I can readily post. Sorry.

I suppose it is possible that a "two-piece brown" box COULD be a description of the proper box with the lid and bottom that have become separated. The later medium brown, hinged-lid boxes with the dark green interior and yellow end labels with black lettering could also be described that way if the lid is torn off. (The medium brown leatherette boxes do not have serial numbers on the bottom.) Normally, the later two-piece "wood-grain" boxes are not described as "brown." A better description of the box involved would help determine if the box is correct.

Hope this helps.

(Apologies to anyone offended by my "delivery.")
 

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That is very helpful.. The box is wrong (but nice), the pistol is nice. I will post photos if I am successful. Thank you, Larry
 

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Well, I must say I'm shocked--SHOCKED--by JudgeColt's terminological laxity. In fact, I'm offended by the LACK of delivery. It is technically not a LW Commander. It is a Commander. In 1970, when Colt introduced the all steel Commander, the alloy frame version became the Lightweight (LW) Commander. I can only hope, Judge, that it is early onset of some form of dementia and that you fully intend to carry on the good fight. :cool:

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Kevin Williams

(Just kidding. No offense intended to JC or the OP.)
 

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Well, I must say I'm shocked--SHOCKED--by JudgeColt's terminological laxity. In fact, I'm offended by the LACK of delivery. It is technically not a LW Commander. It is a Commander. In 1970, when Colt introduced the all steel Commander, the alloy frame version became the Lightweight (LW) Commander. I can only hope, Judge, that it is early onset of some form of dementia and that you fully intend to carry on the good fight.
Well, my "Old-Timer's" IS getting worse, but that is not the primary reason I folded in this case. In my recent chastisement for my "delivery," a couple of my critics also found fault with my adherence to proper nomenclature. Offended even, when "everyone" knows what is intended by "1911 commercial," for instance.

Of course, even though I let the "LW" pass this time (I COULD use some help in the Nomenclature Wars after all!), I do have a hole card to cover me - just in case some smart aleck raises the issue! While the early guns are indeed stamped only "Commander," and the early box labels are indeed stamped only "Commander," the early instruction sheets are titled "LIGHTWEIGHT COMMANDER!" You see, like any good lawyer, I can argue either side!

(Apologies to any smart alecks offended by this response :)D), or to anyone else offended by my "Delivery.")
 

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Well played! When you have the law on your side, pound the law. When you have the facts on your side, pound the facts.
 
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