I hope my string of good luck continues with my next one. And, I want to be able to store it at home with the chamber loaded and the hammer down. Caliber: .45 ACP Many gun enthusiasts will assert that the shorter barrel makes the Officer's Model (3.5") less accurate than a Government Model (5"). The platform wasn’t designed with customization in mind. The most accurate revolvers I ever had the privilege of owning and shooting. OK, the firing pin block (10) is pushed up into the slide by the two pieces that are convert the rearwards motion of the trigger’s (51) stirrup to an upwards motion. More Semi-Autos. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I found the transition remarkably easy (many didn’t) and learned to love the Glock, and do to this day. A darned good deal if you ask me. GA Sales: 5. 45 ACP, Officers, New Agent, 7 Rd. My first pistol was a 1911, and my wife and I each own and shoot one today (a Commander for me and a Government Model for her). I would have to agree with you there. But, one of the most accurate guns out of the box that I owned was an Officer's Model. Colt … If multiple models appear for your serial number simply match the date with the appropriate model, as certain vintage firearms can share serial numbers between different models. Classic products include the "Colt .45", Colt Python, and Colt Anaconda. No Reserve. And yes I have had problems with 1911 pistols right from Colt even 50 years ago. Manufacturing Part Number: 53355B 7 Round Blue .45 ACP Gov't/Comm Magazine. On March 29, 1911, Lt. Col. John T. Thompson of the U.S. It fires the .45 ACP cartridge as God and JMB intended. $6.05 shipping. (Colt later developed a limited number of aluminum framed “Lightweight” Officer models as well.) If you do a web search for “1911 collet barrel bushing” you’ll see what that looked like. Most items on an officer’s model 1911 cannot be swapped with commander or government item. They really were out of this world. Series 80 Suck! The sights are simple, too; just your standard three white dots. Still too light of a trigger pull. So the trigger on the Series 80’s doesn’t feel as “crisp” and “uniform” as the 70’s trigger. Carried (a likely WWII survivor) 1911 for the first half of my Marine Corps career, (instructing on it and competing with it) before changing over to the M9. Item Views. Steady trigger pressure results in a very crisp break. “God Damn punks are screwing around too much!”. You choose. More Info below, check it out.BigDaddyHoffman1911 Full30:https://www.full30.com/channels/bigdaddyhoffman1911BigDaddyHoffman1911 on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/bdh1911BigDaddyHoffman1911 Facebook Link: https://goo.gl/5sovs7BigDaddyHoffman1911 Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/BDH1911Join and support the NRA! The Series 80 is/was the term used to refer to a number of modifications made to the firing mechanism of the Colt 1911 pistol. It is safer to carry a chambered 1911 with the hammer down if it has a firing pin safety. From my perspective as a ‘smith, those are the changes/issues I hear the most about in customer 1911’s. The polished stainless steel and the Stag grips really set this one off and Man-O-Man what a sweet shooting 1911. It is safe to do this with the 80 because of the firing pin block. No Reserve. 3 Metalform 8 Round 1911 Officers Model Pistol Magazines 9mm Colt Kimber Spring. The new cobra line is apparently pretty solid from what’s been reported here, and is quite affordable. I consider the striker fired handguns cocked and unlocked even if the pull of the trigger has to complete the cock. My favorite of the bunch? I left it absolutely stock, and shot one of the tightest groups with it that I’ve ever shot with a 1911, even compared to some of my competition days. It’s an arrangement that’s worked for decades and continue to do so. No decocker but once the hammer is down the gun will not fire from being dropped. They’re dishwasher safe, right? Works with all New Agent/Defender and Officer … 3 1/2 inch round. Colt 1997 Colt Special Combat Government .45 ACP Model O *COMPETITION SERIES 80* (No reviews yet) Write a Review 70 all the way or next best is a spacer setup/mod. Colt Pythons by the way were everywhere. Unfortunately, the early 70’s with the collet bushing had a rep for breakage. Tons of low priced U.S. 1911’s, Lugers, Radom’s, Astra’s , Broom Handle Mausers, Webley’s, Walthers and the list makes one cry today to think of how affordable they all were. IMO, the problem with series 80 isnkt that the trigger is worse due to the firing pin safety plunger. Class. If you have a Series 70, pre-WWII or Government model 1911 and you’re worried about it being drop-safe, get one of the low-mass firing pins and appropriate spring for it, slip these into your slide and keep the original ones. Then next major design came in 1983 with the Colt Mark IV Series 80. On this model, Colt added a safety feature in the form of a firing pin block system that made it impossible for the weapon to discharge if dropped or thrown on a hard surface. Colt abandoned the consumer public by chasing the big bucks of the Government, which they did for many years until they started turning out junk and the Government dropped them like a hot rock! …as far as the double tap accurate, I do better with 1911 in .45 acp then anything else. If your firearm does not appear in the listing, please understand that this is not a comprehensive database. Required fields are marked *. Always have. Colt had a problem with the blued 8 round magazines they supplied with the pistol, which they replaced for me at no charge. Founded in 1836, Colt Manufacturing Company is best known for the classic firearms manufactured in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was the smoothest 1911 I have ever shot. 1) What happened to the Beretta review that was on Twitter but taken down quickly. $4.90 shipping. Plenty of reviews are done for 1911s from all kinds of manufacturers, but we don’t seem to see as many honest-to-goodness Colts put through their paces. I can well remember some dark days when Colt made some new guns that were of very sloppy quality, and you were better off starting with an old Colt and making it what you wanted it to be. A 1911 is a whole lot of gun in terms of weight. Either Python or affordable? Finding an example that is "Like New" is becoming increasingly difficult. While Colt has reintroduced the Series 70, the gun reviewed here is a, Each pistol ships with two, seven-round flush magazines, both bearing the company name and the, The 1911 is a fundamentally uncomplicated gun. Grips: Double Diamond Rosewood The top of the slide, however, has a matte finish. I like my WWI surplus 1911 gun made by Colt and my series 70 made in 1975 even though I had some problems with it. I disagree. No one would even look at it for over 2 months proving what people really think of Remington’s cast iron 1911’s. 22 Colt Service Model ACE Automatic Pistol. Slap it like your life depended on it. I see some people online complaining about current Colt quality, but save for the one issue with a couple of magazines not locking open on the last shot, I haven’t seen it yet in five purchases of new, recent production guns in the last five years. It had a cheap cast frame and they were so cheap that when they made it they only put a tritium front sight on it, the back rear sight only had painted dots. This is considered a compact 1911. 1) That review was published accidentally. tired of all the bitchin and critcizing . It proved to be an excellent firearm and I noticed no problems with quality control of any kind. The Series 80 changes were mostly a solution in search of a problem. How can you tell for certain? And that was long ago. 3) I’m not touching that with a 10-foot pole. Average. The design just works. BigDaddyHoffman1911 on the range showing and shooting The COLT 1911 Government Model Series 80 MK IV .45 acp semiautomatic pistol. I still shoot my grandfather’s decades old “pimped up” and customized for international and Olympic competition vintage Colt 1911 with Clark slide and barrel, but decided to buy a new Series 70 to minimize beating up the heirloom and I am glad I did. That means the gun is heavy, weighing in at more than two pounds empty. They can’t do both Matt. Colt 1991 Series Government Model 45 Auto with Blued Finish $999.00 $899.99; Notify Me When Available; Brand: Colt; ... Colt Gold Cup National Match 45 Auto Series 80 MK IV with Blued Finish $1,217.00 $1,170.77; Brand: Colt; Item Number: O5870NM; 1 2 3 > Back to top. I want to carry the small 1911 with the hammer down. It was a great pistol, and I sold it to a friend for what I paid for it. Estimate Price: $500 - $800. 2) Freedom Munitions had some financial difficulties and ended that arrangement. Colt improved the bushing finger thickness in the 70’s, but they phased out the collet barrel bushing early in the Series 80 pistol production. MSRP: $799. If the price is affordable, it is not a Python. 3) 1911 – 1,911 times better than a Glock ! Reliability * * * * * The series 70 is a little more expensive but well worth the difference. And I hope that Colt can get its financial act in order and will be with us for a long time. 4595. Thanks. Simple as that. This is a pistol to be fired, trained with, and to save your life, not something to live in a safe. I’ve owned and shot a lot of 1911s. The 1991–2001 model used a large "M1991A1" roll mark engraved on the slide. But there’s something to be said for having an affordably priced (about $750 retail) original Colt Government model that’s not much different from the one your grandfather had on his hip when he was in the army. ©COPYRIGHT 2020, THETRUTHABOUTGUNS.COM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. These updates were added in 1983 and were dubbed the "Series 80" since the previous revision to the base model gun was similarly dubbed the Series 70. The 1911 is a fundamentally uncomplicated gun. And I’ve carried and used a lot of guns in every legal way conceivable running the gamut from EDC, USPSA, fun, and 2 1/2 years in Iraq as a USG security contractor (during which I carried High Powers, Glocks, and Kimber 1911’s). Safety: Thumb Safety, Grip Safety, Firing Pin Safety Stock. Colt 7 Round Blue .45 ACP New Agent/Officers Magazine. Ordnance Department sent a letter to Colt’s in Hartford, Connecticut. I will admit the series 80 is a safer gun to handle if dropped but I always hated them. Something that my new glock doesn’t have. FACTORY COLT OFFICERS 1911 7 RD 45ACP BLUED MAGAZINE AGENT DEFENDER 7 Capacity. At the same time as the 1911 I was also invited to fondle a ww2 era nazi marked Luger and 1920’s era commercial Luger in .30 caliber. The 2001 model introduced a new "Colt's Government Model" roll mark engraving. Sure, it doesn’t have the fit and finish of one made by Cabot or Wilson Combat, but that’s not the point of this model. Altamont's colt Grips. Item Interest. 32 should be a spring, and 10 is a plunger that “captures” the firing pin and must be pushed up into the slide to allow the firing pin (9) to move forward. It and the series 70 Government are of equal quality. As Broke_It NB’s, the 80 has more “stuff” getting pushed around by the trigger, with spring returns. The 1911 was designed to go bang when you need it to, and it does that extremely well. And even if there is a difference, a crappy 1911 trigger is leagues ahead of a Glock trigger. GI#: 101569305. Who owns Colt? The traditional single action trigger isn’t anything fancy. The .45 ACP, regardless of what anyone will tell you, is a harder-hitting round than the 9mm and that difference can certainly be felt when shooting a 1911. The firing pin (9) is different than the 70’s or other firing pins, because it has a little radius cut into it to be captured by the firing pin block (10). Springfield made a nice one but that is neither here nor there anymore. Specifications: Colt 1911 Government Model, Action: Single Action Hammer Fired Semi-Auto It is a shame that Colt has been mis-managed for so long. I’ve shot both and like them both. I know some used to run the Schwartz conversion on their pistols, they seemed to like it. It is mostly designated as one of the house defenders. Yes the good old days of reasonably priced high quality forged steel, high polished Colts, Smiths, and Brownings are long since gone forever and we are stuck with a sea of outrageously over priced and crudely made modern plastic, stamped sheet metal and cast iron trash on today’s market. Sights: 3-Dot In fact, the Series 80 guns have a trigger action which is inferior to the Series 70. Just came into my first Colt 1911 it's a Colt Mark IV -series 80- Officers ACP, it came in its original box and with all original documents, even the oil bag and tag that was on the pistol! This cuts down on glare when you’re aiming the gun in bright sunlight, which is certainly appreciated. It had the best factory trigger of any auto most people who shot it had ever felt. Most people say the M1911 is an elegant gun, due to its flowing lines and overall clean appearance from the mainspring housing to the barrel bushing. The officer model 1911 is generally 3.5″ (I say generally because any manufacturer can call their 3.5″ something else as well as call another length “officer”). I returned from a multi-year contract overseas in 2013, and having sold firearms that I could not take with me, I needed to re-build my battery of handguns. Colt revisited double-action guns later with the All American (Model 2000), 90 Series Pony, the Pocket Nine, Czech-made Z40 and the Model O– but all … Upon hearing that I was a gunsmith, he asked me a very direct question: “What, in your opinion, is the single best handgun ever made?”, Taking note of his USMC awards and pictures on the wall of his law office, I replied: “There are many good pistol designs out there, but I have to give my vote to the 1911.”. Custom models I would just hate to have to get into an all new caliber and support system. Two on the rear sight and one on the front. It’s that the that damn plunger makes it difficult to reassemble after detail-stripping the gun for cleaning. Gun Review: Colt Defender .45 ACP. The trigger is different but I could never see a difference in “shootability”. All gone extinct now forever never to be made again. $34.99. They have produced a number of fixes for that. I have had recoil springs go bad at only 4,000 rounds. Colt 1911, .45ACP, TWO TONE, HAS A SLIDE, 1 (8RND) MAGAZINE - .45 ACP $869.00: 0 $869.00 5d 13h 36m 17072588. I always favored a Govt Slide on a lightweight frame with an officer’s model grips safety and commander hammer. Colt MK IV Series 80 Officers ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol. I love my new Colt Government 1911 Series 70, it is not my grandfather’s 1911, but it is the best off the shelf alternative for those who appreciate the history of pistols. He loves it. Himmm. All of these will improve your trigger pull, however I believe the majority of shooters can’t tell the difference anyway. Your email address will not be published. For me the slide moving back into battery seems to bring the sights right back on target. The series 80 model 1991 Government does not suck. I can remember my father going out into the desert and shooting round after round with his 1911, he swore by it( he was a firearms instructor in the Air Force) anyway I did lots of research before I bought my colt and could have bought any one of the other models on the market,I have shot hundreds of rounds through it in the past year without trouble, I think I’ll keep it. Finish. At that point, I will open my wallet, and cash will vomit forth from it into your hands. Go on youtube and see. Sure, it doesn’t have the fit and finish of one made by Cabot or Wilson Combat, but that’s not the point of this model. This is a Colt 1911, and that says everything that needs to be said. https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2018/06/daniel-zimmerman/freedom-munitions-parent-files-for-bankruptcy/ like everything else, if you dont like it and you cant say anything good about it just shut tfu and buy something else. The finish was rough. That’s the true glory of capitalism, and why it’s so much better then whatever the hell the left thinks it wants. By Massad Ayoob. Colt has invested in all new CNC milling machines to produce their 1911s. The gun up for review is a newly-manufactured Colt 1911 Government Model. I was lucky enough to see the old time heyday of military surplus that was so low in price people often took 2 even 3 of them home every time they went to a gun show (which was often). The firing pin safety plunger, spring, and actuator (parts 32, 10, and 31) were not part of the original design and are not needed. Just like that, a legend was born. 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