Colt Double Eagle DA/SA Pistol on Forgotten Weapons

   12.10.20

Colt Double Eagle DA/SA Pistol on Forgotten Weapons

(Image: Screenshot from Colt Double Eagle video)

Many moons ago when I got the itch to own a Colt 45 ACP pistol, I considered purchasing a Colt Double Eagle. In my research and youthful vigor, I figured if a single action Colt pistol was good, a double action Colt pistol had to be better. Right?

Well… not so much. Dad talked me down and set me straight, and I have zero regrets about my decision to stick with a 1911-style pistol (I ended up with a Lightweight Stainless Commander).

Colt Double Eagle

Colt Double Eagle (Image: Rock Island Auction)

The Double Eagle was born in the 1990s out of Colt’s ambition to be competitive in the world of pistols which offer double action as well as single action.

Picture a 1911 without a grip safety nor thumb safety, with a trigger which pivots instead of sliding, and with a decocker which lives between the slide release and the mag release — and that’s pretty much a Colt Double Eagle.

Colt Double Eagle

Colt Double Eagle (Image: Rock Island Auction)

The really funky part of the design is hidden under the oversized grips, which extend a good bit higher than 1911 grips. This is because the grips hold the gun together! And no, my friends, I am not kidding.

Colt Double Eagle

The right grip conceals/secures the trigger bar and spring.

Colt Double Eagle

The left grip secures this wonky spring and the decocker parts.

Perhaps Colt’s biggest blunder in this is the presumption (intention?) that this would somehow replace the 1911. Double fail!

After an experiment of about 6 years, Colt gave up on the Double Eagle and went on to its next series of terrible marketing moves, which is pretty much the history of Colt beginning in the latter decades of the 20th century.

At the time of this writing this pistol is currently listed on the Rock Island Auction website; check it out by clicking here.

Here’s the video:

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