The colt 38 super is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, and recoil-operated handgun based on the John M. Browning–designed M1911. It was the first mass-produced American pistol with an aluminium alloy frame and the first Colt pistol to be chambered in 9mm Parabellum.
Following World War II, the United States government conducted a trial to identify a lighter successor for the M1911 pistol that would be delivered to officers. The pistol that would eventually be given the moniker 38 super colt was the candidate submitted by Colt’s Manufacturing Company in the trial. The requirements for the handgun, which were given in 1949, were that it had to have a chamber that was chambered for 9 mm Parabellum, that it must not be longer than 7 inches, and that it could not weigh more than 25 ounces.
Browning Hi-Power models manufactured by Canada’s Inglis and Belgium’s Fabrique Nationale, in addition to Smith & Wesson’s S&W Model 39, were considered to be candidates. Colt entered a modified version of their M1911 pistol that was chambered for 9 mm Parabellum, with a frame made of aluminum alloy, a short barrel measuring 4.25 inches, and a magazine that held 9 rounds of ammunition.
Colt began putting its candidate into regular production in the year 1950. It was the first Colt handgun to be originally chambered in 9 mm Parabellum and the first large frame pistol with an aluminum frame to be produced in significant quantities. Chamberings of.45 ACP and.38 Super were among those produced during the first year of manufacturing.
Colt debuted the all-steel “Colt Combat Commander” in 1970, offering customers the option of purchasing a model finished in satin nickel. The model with an aluminum frame has been given the moniker “Lightweight Commander” so that it may be distinguished from the other variant.
1911 CLASSIC SS (38S)
When you think of a 1911, you think of Colt. A tribute to the revered Commercial Government Model pistols of the past, the 1911 Classic features the Series 70 firing system and rollmarks, national match barrel, staked on front sights, and spurred hammer. Chambered in .38 Super and Stainless Steel, this firearm is a pure and simple 1911, designed for you to make it your own.