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Colt Double Eagle
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Full-size Colt Double Eagle Mark II
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  United States
Production history
Manufacturer Colt's Manufacturing Company
Produced 1989-1997
Variants 3 (Full size, Commanders model, and Officers model)
Specifications
Weight 42.51 oz (1205g)
Length 8.50" (216 mm)
Barrel length 5.00" (127 mm)

Caliber .45 ACP, 10mm Auto, .40 S&W, 9mm, .38 Super
Action Double-action/Single-action
Feed system 8 round magazine

The Colt Double Eagle is a double-action / single action, semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Colt's Manufacturing Company between 1989 and 1997. It was available in standard full-size, as well as in more compact versions, features a decocking lever, and was chambered for several calibers. The family of models was known as the Series 90.

The design of the Double Eagle was based on the Colt M1911 pistol. Magazines are single stack and are identical to magazines shipped with the M1911. Most of the Double Eagle models were available in stainless steel only, however the "Lightweight" Officer's had an alloy frame and blued slide.

The slide used a version of Colt's series 80 locking firing pin safety, but unlike Colt's series 80 pistols, the Double Eagle Officer's model in .45 ACP held an 8 round magazine.

Variations

The Double Eagle was chambered for several calibers; among the more common are .45 ACP and 10mm Auto. Occasionally one will see a copy in .40 S&W, 9mm and .38 Super. Similar to the M1911, Colt offered, in addition to the full-sized version, the more compact Commander and Officer versions. The full-sized version was chambered for .45 ACP and 10mm Auto; also in 9mm and 38 super (1991 only). The Commander was chambered for .45 ACP; also the somewhat rare .40 S&W version (1992 only). Rumors abound that the Commander was chambered in 10mm, none have ever been identified *. The Officers model was available in .45 ACP; also the very rare .40 S&W version (1991 only). Former gun writer Dean Speir once described a 10mm round which exploded due to an improperly cut chamber.[1]

Colt also redesigned the trigger mechanism and added a retaining plate due to some shooters having problems with skin being pinched by the top part of the trigger, as well as some springs only being retained by the grip panel. The result was the Double Eagle Mark II. The Double Eagle has a grip that will be unfamiliar to those owning the 1911's. These pistols are beginning to become collector items and they were actually well made. The following are the known models:

DA1070 Double Eagle 45 ACP 5"; DA1072 Double Eagle 9 MM 5"; DA1090 Double Eagle 45 ACP 5"; DA1095 Double Eagle 45 ACP 5"; DA2070 Double Eagle 38 Super 5"; DA2090 Double Eagle 10 MM 5"; DA2090FE Double Eagle 10 MM First Edition 5"; DA2095 Double Eagle 10 MM 5"; DA4012 Double Eagle Combat Commander 45 ACP 4-1/4"; DA4040 Double Eagle Combat Commander 40 S&W 4-1/4"; DA? Double Eagle Combat Commander* 10 MM 4-1/4”; DA9180 Double Eagle Officers 45 ACP 3-1/2", DA9890 Double Eagle Officers LW 45 ACP 3-1/2"; DA9140 Double Eagle Officers 40 S&W 3-1/2”

References

  1. ^ Dean Speir on the Double Eagle

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