That's one of my favorite pistols. The Commander in .40 was my third acquisition. With the weight and full grip, it made recoil nill.
The DA is a bit long, but can be improved. The Mark II had an improvement, mainly, a bunch of parts didn't come flying out when one removed the right stock.
A little history behind of the DE:
In August 1991, Heckler & Koch, Inc. and Colt's Manufacturing Company were awarded contracts with the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for the development of an Offensive Handgun Weapon System (OHWS).
USSOCOM directs the activities of some of America's most elite military units, including the Navy SEALs, Air Force Special Operations Wing, and the Army Green Berets, Rangers, and Special Operations Aviation.
The Double Eagle was the basis for Colt's entry into SOCOM's Offensive Handgun Weapon System program.