By Gary Paul Johnston
Over 30 years ago, I evaluated the then new .45 ACP Colt Officer’s ACP pistol, a chopped down version of the Commander patterned after the small custom pistols perfected by DEVEL, of Ohio, which used a bushingless barrel built for DEVEL by BAR-STO Precision.
Following my report on the pistol, I had what I thought was an even better idea; I took a Commander slide and put it on the Officer’s ACP pistol. This provided a shorter grip for concealment and 4-inch barrel for more sight radius and muzzle velocity. I then wrote an article about that pistol. I’m not claiming to be the only one who came up with that idea, as others came to the same conclusion – it seemed a “no-brainer.”