No Widebodies Here

Since slim is in, I decided to compare the S&W SCE Commander to one of my favorite carry guns, the Springfield XD-S .45 ACP. Would you believe the body width of both guns is the same at 0.91"? At their widest point there is a 0.30" difference. The total width — including the ambidextrous safeties on the Smith is 1.35, whereas the width of the XD-S at its widest point is 1.05. This makes no noticeable difference inside the holster.

I can’t afford one of those $3,000 to $6,000 (or more) custom guns but I feel like I got one with the S&W 1911SCE Commander. One trip to the range was all it took for me to put it into my “carry rotation.” At the range I compared it to other 1911 Commanders from Colt, Ruger, SIG and Springfield, and it held its own. Several times since I’ve used the S&W to test various types of ammo, including the newer, lightweight fluted rounds from Inceptor and Lehigh. It’s as accurate as any of the other guns and more accurate than most and I’ve never had any kind of failure to feed or extract. It’s a delight to shoot.

Smith and Wesson catalogs them at an MSRP of around $1,500, which should probably make the street price somewhere around $1,250.

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