Both statements are correct, and the Commander became the so named LTW Commander in the 70's also. I was under the impression they remained on the aluminum frame as the earlier models once officially renamed LTW Commander. Now is it possible that when Colt introduced the Combat Commander on the steel frame, that was the reason for renaming the aluminum frame Commander "LTW"?The Combat Commander is an all steel gun, frame and slide, it was first introduced around 1970.
The original Commander has an aluminum frame, and steel slide.
But the same slide was used on both the Commander & Combat Commander, only the roll markings were different.
Never heard of a CLW prefix on a non-alloy frame.Correct me if I'm confused but didn't the Commander series in 1970 have a "CLW" prefixed serial number and it was a steel pistol? Certainly not the only serial number designations but I remember a thread about an all steel Commander with that "CLW" prefix. It's early and haven't had enough coffee to clear the cobwebs but that may open the door for this combat commander to be legit? Don't have any reference books near me....just throwing out a "what if".