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I admit it, I'm a tinkerer and can't leave well enough alone. I took my "new" lightly used Commander XS and just had to make it better (or at try to make it fit me better). For starters, I installed McCormick ultra thin grips, STI short trigger, a spacer and tool steel series 70 hammer and sear (this gave me a crisp 3.25lb pull). Then I went after the beavertail (I hated the vertical speed bump in the Colt beavertail). I didn't want to alter the frame so I ordered different beavertails (Kings, Brown, STI and S&A) from Brownells to see if any would fit. The only one that fit (w/ some modifications to the B/T) without altering the frame was the S&A. It came out looking pretty nice.

I also bought an EGW pre-fitted Commander bushing. It was initially tight, but after 100 rounds it shot in perfectly. For less than $20, what a difference in accuracy! Although the gun was fairly accurate to begin with, it's now a tack driver.

The ambi thumb safety was a little narrow for me (a lefty) so I installed a wide-paddle Wilson ambi safety. Definitely a major improvement. I also installed the poor man's checkering--skateboard tape.

I had a tungsten guide rod lying around so I cut it to fit the Commander. A Dremel and a few minutes did the trick. I also put in a 16lb recoil spring since I'm shooting fairly light loads.

The last modification is the sights. The XS uses a sight made by C-More with a Defender/Colt Competition sight cut. The only aftermarket sights (at least that I can find) are Heinie fixed sights and Ashley's. (I'm disappointed that MMC doesn't make an adjustable sight for the XS.) The Heinie's seemed to have the same sight picture as the original sight so I decided to try the Ashley's (will be here on Tuesday). If I like it, I'll install it.

Anyway, I took the gun to the range yesterday and what a joy to shoot. The slide to frame fit is perfect and the barrel locks up like a vault. So far, the XS is both accurate and reliable. Out of all my 1911s, it's my favorite. Colt sure got this one right.
 

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Forgot to mention that I also put in an S&A magwell--I do that automatically with all my 1911s.

I know that the XS is an endangered species which is why I didn't want to alter the gun by cutting the frame to fit a beavertail. Right now, in 10 minutes I can bring it back to an out-of-the-box XS. You never know when you might have to sell a gun. BTW, I bought it at a gun show for $650--the gun was LNIB. I don't think the dealer knew what he had.
 
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