The 1911 has never really been my forte! I own a Kimber Stainless Target model and a Dan Wesson Pointman 7. The Kimber is still a virgin and the Pointman has had maybe 500 rounds through it.
Today I stopped in at the local gun shop and the owner and a patron were messing with a handgun. I didn't pay much attention until they asked me for my opinion. What is it I said and the reply was a Commodore 1911 made by S.A.M.. I said huh? A what? Most likely junk I suspect!
Well I took the gun and walked over to the bright sun shining in the window for a better look. The gun was very tight, it had a real nice beavertail on the grip safety, the fit and finish were good. In fact the finish was teflon. The trigger and hammer were skeletonized in a nice fashion. It had both an extended safety and slide release. The trigger was very much on par with a Colt Commander that was on display in the shop. It was even wearing a brand new Pachmayr Signature wrap around grip. I broke the gun down and the inside was a nice as the outside. In fact we took the Colt apart and if anything I would give the edge to the S.A.M.
I looked at the owner and asked how much? His reply was $300 and with that you get a spare magazine.
We took the gun,a box of Remington 230 gr hardball and a "B-3" target and went out back. @ 25 yards my first 7 shots all went in the black(shooting off a picknick table for a rest, no sand bags etc).
Well he got the three hundred bucks and the good Governors portion and I got the gun. I played with it for an hour tonight and it is pure 1911 in that all of the accessories made for the high dollar 1911's will fit on this one. Not that I plan to add anything! I think I'll just shoot it a bunch and then put it in the glove box!
If your looking for a very decent little 45 that won't bust the bank I highly recommend this little cheaper!
They are made in the Philippines and the price reflection has a lot to do with $4/hr labor as opposed to $20/hr. However the quality is there!