Congrats on your new Ruger! I have one and I love it. One bit of advice would be to be very thorough when cleaning. Pull the extractor and firing pin and clean out the their homes and then you're good to go.
dakota talk to me about the lightweight model. I saw a video the other day and there were several failure to feed properly during the video. Common problem or just a fluke. Really interested in one but don;t want to buy only to find out there are issues later on.
My buddy bought both the steel and the alloy commanders this summer. We've shot them quite a bit.
We did have some FTF at first but it was due to not cleaning them thoroughly when he first got them (too eager to shoot right way!) Most, if not all, well made 1911s have tight tolerances out of the box and one could have issues with even small amounts of gunk.
Ruger does tend to pack their firearms well 'oiled'! Once he cleaned them up we have had no issues (at least while I was with him).
Excellent quality, trigger and sights make the Rugers a good deal.
Here's my $.02 on the LW vs. steel...
We shot his back to back really concentrating on felt recoil. Both of us could 'barely' tell the difference. Honestly, we were surprised given the noticeable weight differences between them (and the different grips). The LW will definitely make a nicer carry piece so I don't see the point in going the steel route especially if you're going to carry it a lot (concealed or otherwise).
Of course, if you want or can afford both by all means go for it! (my buddy sold the steel version).
I was seriously looking at a LW Commander but that straight MSH really dug into my hand and I was getting a little pinch up near the beaver tail. I was going to try an arched MSH or get a jig to make it into a bobtail until I found a good deal on a S&W SC1911. It had everything I wanted (I ditched the FLGR) for cheaper than I could have gotten and modded the Ruger so that's what I ended up with.
Suffice to say, I don't think you'd be disappointed in any of the Ruger 1911s.
I had to have one of the new commanders, so I bought one in Aug . Had to trade it of in Nov. Not the guns fault but mine. ONe year ago in July I tripped on a rough sidewalk and injured my right hand. Took 17 stitchs to sew up the palm of my hand.I still don't have 100 % use of it. The Ruger Commander spring is just too stiff for me to work the slide. So now I own an other Colt Commander of whitch I have if have had several over the years.
It looks a little strange lying in the cabinet along with 7 Ruger revolvers.