American Handgunner Jan/Feb 2013 Digital Edition - Page 52

CoLT’s .45 ACP Photos: Chuck PittmAn, Inc. Lightweight John TAffin GoveRnmenT modeL Positive Progress ometimes, although not as often as it should, progress actually works in our favor. When it comes to firearms, progress has been very good to us and these are definitely the best of times. On the downside, I miss the old classics, especially those from the middle of the 20th century. However, on the great upside we have an almost unbelievable proliferation of firearms to choose from. Not only do we have these almost unbelievable choices facing us, they are, for the most part, very easy to find, relatively cheaper and definitely of 52 S stronger materials and tighter tolerances than in decades past. Zephyr Commander? Most of the firearms listed in my 60-year-old Gun Digest are no longer available. One that is, the Colt Government Model, was available in two versions in 1952, both blue, and in .45 ACP or .38 Super. Another semi-automatic Colt had just arrived and at the time it was called the “The New Lightning Colt — The Zephyr Commander” — and when was the last time we heard it called that? This then brand new shorter and lighter Colt was offered in the two WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2013

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