What I thought was under control got out of control fast. Still not fully reined in.
The Les Baer already has the tritium sights while the Colt does not. The Colt is much cheaper, however (and with a LOT of lower quality parts...). The Sig's problem is no thumb safety on the correct side, but it has the advantage of no bump on the grip safety. Not known if the Colt has a thumb safety in the correct position.
Might as well go custom. I've thought about a actual lefty frame from Caspian and go from there. It would shoot brass off to the left. But I like the mag release on the regular 1911s.
List of requirements for a Commander sized .45 1911 for 2011:
- all steel construction
- GI style guide rod
- lefty thumb safety
- shrunken low-profile safety on the right hand thumb safety side
- no bump on the grip safety
- tritium sights
- standard 'other' enhancement that 1911s tend to have these day, like polished feed ramps and flared ejection ports
Total non sequitir... Colt Commander in .38 Super... Forget I even said that. That line of thought is a big rabbit hole.
Further conclusion... Just bite the proverbial bullet and get the high end gun... Hmph. At least that old skool .38 Super was made with forged parts instead of crumble-MIM.
Further, further conclusion... If you don't buy the high end buy the old gun of some nature. You ain't getting away with $800 for this purchase.