Type:BB air pistol Manufacturer: KWC. Licensed and Distributed by Umarex Model: Colt Commander 1911 Materials: Almost all metal Weight: 2 pounds Barrel: Metal non-rifled Propulsion: CO2 x 1 Action: Semi auto blowback, single action only Ammunition Type: 4.5mm BBs Ammunition Capacity: 18-19 round full size drop out metal magazine FPS: 325
Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Umarex Colt Commander CO2 Blowback 4.5mm BB Pistol is exactly what you would expect from a true single action 1911 styled pistol. It has a short take up and then a nice light and crisp pull and release. Because of the similar mechanics not only to the trigger but other aspects of this gun, it would make a truly awesome low cost trainer to be used when your real 1911 is not practical and also to save on the high cost of real 45 semi auto shells.
Accuracy: I shot the Umarex Colt Commander BB gun at a target from 30 feet away in a semi-rested position, and it performed well getting an 8 shot 1.5 inch grouping very close to the bulls-eye that extended a little larger with three additional rounds that came outside the smaller 8 shot grouping. The sights are non-adjustable even though they kind of look like they are so it was nice to see that this BB pistol was already dialled in pretty good! My initial Chrony testing puts this gun right in the 300-325 fps range getting a 5 shot average of 306 fps which is just fine for this style of heavy full realistic blowback action BB shooter. The outside temperature was 22 Celsius (72 Fahrenheit) so the Colt Commander should shoot a bit quicker on a warmer day. You can expect to get three good magazines worth of shots with some extra CO2 left over for a potential 4th magazine. If you slow your shooting down and let the gun and CO2 warm up between magazines you can get 4 magazines with this BB gun for sure.
Build Quality: Like the other KWC 1911's, the Umarex Colt Commander version is overall a well built and mechanically sound BB pistol. Tolerances are good and the finish may even be a bit better than what KWC makes for its own non-licensed versions of this very popular 1911 series.
Realism: The Umarex Colt Commander CO2 Blowback 4.5mm BB Pistol is as close as you can get to a real steel 1911 styled 45 semi auto but with a slight modern Tactical look to it. The Colt Commander version has the addition of a Tac-style trigger and hammer and upgraded white dot sights. This gun is nearly all metal with a very heavy blowback action that simulates the more sluggish and delayed blowback of a real steel 1911. And the true 1911 single action trigger will not disappoint you either.
All metal construction - Good weight and solid feeling gun.
Nice heavy blowback action that replicates a 1911 very well.
Very Accurate 1911 replica in terms of looks and mechanical aspects.
True 1911 single action trigger, excellent pull, very smooth and light.
Working safety and grip safety.
Decent accuracy, not too bad amount off shots for this style of gun about 3+ good magazines.
All metal full size dropout magazine that holds the BBs and CO2.
Nice addition of some Tactical features (Tac-style trigger and hammer, white dot sights)
Chrome coated barrel and breach not only look really nice but wear better.
Sacrifice fps and shots per CO2 because of the heavy blowback but worth it.
Not a big fan of the white "S & F" on the safety or the white warning instructions on the slide.
Comments: Sure the Umarex Colt Commander CO2 Blowback 4.5mm BB Pistol is yet another KWC made 1911 but Umarex has really captured the classic 1911 style without taking it too far into the Tactical realm. The addition of the modernized white dot sights, along with the machined trigger and hammer and the chrome barrel and breach give this BB shooting blowback 1911 a well-balanced look. If you're looking for a traditional 1911 A1 but with just a few modernized tweaks, then check out the Umarex Colt Commander.
This gun looks and feel amazing. It's all metal, heavy, the moving parts feel solid and well put together. Giving it a 4 stars as mine was defective and upon putting the CO2 it would only fire intermittently. Now a defective BB gun would have deserve a much lower score but I decided to disassemble the gun and try to find the cause. I used instructions for a real 1911 detailed field strip and I am not talking about just removing the barrel here but the removal of all the tiny parts down to the trigger, hammer etc. Lots of tiny parts. By doing so I realized that most of the gun is made exactly like the real 1911, down to the spring for the hammer and all the parts are match the real one were performing solidly. The part that failed was a tiny spring that would position a small piece of metal that would transfer the force of the hammer to the valve. The spring seemed to have slipped and was not positioning the part properly and it would only fire if the part somehow positioned itself properly. Obviously that piece was not part of the original 1911 design. It basically highlighted how great the engineering of the 1911 is and how close the BB gun is to the real thing. I did enjoy the field strip as I got to know this gun in and out, hence the 4 stars.
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May 24, 2016
Note that this review is coming from someone that owns a Springfield Armory 1911A1 .45 in two tone (stainless lower, blued upper). I was looking for something I can use indoors so I can practice my draw and target acquisition, either a pellet or BB gun. I decided on this because it offered the best realism for the dollar, full (and surprisingly heavy) blowback and a drop magazine. Hell it even takes down like my Springfield. Note also, to my surprise and delight, the Crimson Trace Laser Grip fits on it, albeit with a little tugging and pulling. The cutout for the CO2 is actually flush with the metal on the grip and does not interfere with the mounting of the Crimson Trace grip.
Shooting the gun, again, indoors, no wind to contend with is comfortable and accurate. I shot three magazines from a distance of 30 feet and grouped an average of 2 inches and to the upper right of the X on all three. Then I adjusted my Crimson Trace with the impact of the tightest group and shot another three mags, no sight acquiring, just using the laser and placing the dot on the X, this time, all in the X using Official NRA Airgun Targets. You can see the mods I made, including covering the warnings and S&F on the safety here: https://goo.gl/photos/g7i1GTPRm9QLqj2h6
Shipping was cheep and fast, only a few days from Vancouver to Montreal. I am quite pleased with this little BB gun and will do business with ReplicaAirGuns again. Would I recommend, absolutely.
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Apr 15, 2016
This gun is well worth the money and it looks and feels amazing. It tore a soda can to pieces and was very accurate. The weight of the gun is great it feels like a true 1911 and it looks amazing with the chrome parts on it. It works just like a real 1911 so it is single action and the grip safety works too. This is probably my favorite replica of my collection because of the looks and feel, the great price, and overall coolness. I highly recommend this gun.
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Mar 25, 2016
This Umarex Colt single action Commander is a great piece. Not just for the average Joe but for collectors, and many other people. The first thing I noticed when i got this in the mail was of course how it was wrapped. I had selected the 2nd best shipping and it still arrived 3 days early. Now to the point this was in a relatively small box, when I cut it open it was wrapped in brown paper! I was expecting Styrofoam or something like that but thats not going to end the world. The pistol was in plastic,..... plastic. I thought because of other Umarex pistols I have purchased it would be in a box. Who cares right, the 2nd thing after inspecting the piece I noticed the Barrel Bushing was bent. Over all this small malfunction won't affect it to much. So for the money, for the quality its worth it. Unless you are not expecting to find small defaults.
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Jan 11, 2016
Preferred over KWC 1911s
Great! Better slide casting than the KWC, better performance than KWC, better valve design than KWC. Much less expensive than the KWC. Magazines are interchangeable and the Umarex 1911 mag improves performance of my KWC. I have yet to be disappointed with an Umarex airgun! Accuracy is typical of a blowback airgun- not perfect, but plenty good enough to have a boatload of fun!
-CO2 Powered -4.5mm Steel BB -18-19 Round Metal Full Size Magazine -Colt 1911 Commander Replica -Semi Auto - Single Action Only -Heavy Blowback Action -325 FPS -Available from: www.ReplicaAirguns.com
This video is a walkthrough review of the Umarex Colt Commander CO2 Blowback BB Pistol. I show off the gun close up from all angles and point out the metal components and the incredible realism this airgun offers. I also talk a bit about my Field Test results shooting this gun through my Chronograph and at a target from 30 feet out.
Sure the Umarex Colt Commander CO2 Blowback 4.5mm BB Pistol is yet another KWC made 1911 but Umarex has really captured the classic 1911 style without taking it too far into the Tactical realm. The addition of the modernized white dot sights, along with the machined trigger and hammer and the chrome barrel and breach give this BB shooting blowback 1911 a well balanced look. If you're looking for a traditional 1911 A1 but with just a few modernized tweaks, then check out the Umarex Colt Commander.