Can Win A Custom Colt Carry From Cylinder &
introduce a new variation of their famous 1991
pistol next year based on suggestions from
American Handgunner’s Custom Gun Giveaway. The
pistol you see here is a hybrid made especially
for the Custom Gun Giveaway consisting of a Colt
Commander slide on a Colt Officer’s Model frame.
Colt liked the idea so much that the gun will
become a Limited Edition of between 250 and 500
units. (They haven’t made up their minds yet on
either how many or on a model designation.)
new Colt won’t look exactly like the custom
version you see here from the work benches of the
Cylinder & Slide Shop of Fremont, Neb. Mast
gunsmith Bill Laughridge, who is profiled in our
Steel Challenge feature story this issue, first
proposed the idea of blending the highly
concealable Officer’s frame with the longer
sight radius of the Commander slide. After all,
reasoned Laughridge, the frame is the portion of
the gun that is hard to conceal and the slide is
the portion that determines the gun’s
shootability. Why not combine the most concealable
frame with easiest to shoot slide?
who runs an authorized Colt warranty repair
station, obtained a prototype of what might be
called a “Lieutenant Commander” for this
special collector’s version of our Custom Gun
Giveaway. To enhance the Colt even further, the
Cylinder & Slide Shop performed a complete
Tactical Package on the pistol.
sights are installed with a Wilson beavertail
expertly fitted and recontoured to eliminate
snagging. An Ed Brown tactical extended thumb
safety is added. A Wilson full-length guide rod
aids reliability along with a Bar-Sto match grade
brushing. The extractor is radiused and tensioned
and a complete “reliability tune-up” is
performed on all the internal mechanisms. The
ejection port is lowered and flared like on a Gold
Cup while all the edges and corners on the pistol
are radiused to prevent snagging. A combat trigger
job rounds out the package.
complete Tactical Package, including test firing,
UPS shipping and everything is $720 on a
customer’s gun. In addition to this basic
tune-up package, the Cylinder & Slide Shop
offers a full range of custom services for the
popular autos and revolvers, from full-race
McCormicks and Para-Ordnances to no-frills carry
guns and roller bearing S&W action jobs.
C&S offers a unique menu of pistolsmithing
services for do-it-yourselfers who lack machine
tools. If you want to build your own pistol, but
need your slide machined for Bo-Mars or your frame
cut for a beavertail, C&S can accommodate you.
C&S also stocks a full inventory of all the
major brands of combat accessories available for
immediate mail-order delivery.
complete information, catalog and price list,
write to the Cylinder & Slide Shop, 245 E. 4th
St, Dept. AH, Fremont NE 68025; phone: (402)
721-4277; fax: (402) 721-0263.