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. Ordnance Department sent a letter to Colt’s in Hartford, Connecticut. I would have to agree with you there. 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. The venerable Model 1911A1 was manufactured by Colt (and others during World War II) until 1971. I had LASIK last year, so it’s easy for me to pick up the sights and get them lined up on the target. Or did until the microstamping requirement came along. The pistol has the Colt pony on the slide. Colt 1911, serial number 5, was THE gun used in the 1911 trials. 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. Founded in 1836, Colt Manufacturing Company is best known for the classic firearms manufactured in the 19th and 20th centuries. IMO, the problem with series 80 isnkt that the trigger is worse due to the firing pin safety plunger. The 1991–2001 model used a large "M1991A1" roll mark engraved on the slide. They seems to be trying but they haven’t shown up in years. 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. For a gun that was designed to win wars and save lives, the focus wasn’t on making a pretty pistol, but Browning succeeded in doing just that whether he intended to or not. I am willing to take that extra step. And that was long ago. Judging by their return of the snake series it seems like they’ve realized this and are trying to return to their roots. It had the best factory trigger of any auto most people who shot it had ever felt. 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.”. They can’t do both Matt. On March 29, 1911, Lt. Col. John T. Thompson of the U.S. You sound like my 10th grade metal shop teacher. Tagged as .45 ACP, 1911, Colt, firearms, handguns, historic firearms, M1911, M1911A1, MK IV Series 70, R. Doug Wicker, review, Series 70 vs Series 80 ← Fun Photo Friday — Key West and Cozumel Favorites I bought it new, I have carried it plenty, and I still own it. Then next major design came in 1983 with the Colt Mark IV Series 80. Grips: Double Diamond Rosewood Kind of like my prewar Smith revolvers, all that hand fitting does not go un-noticed. If you like this video Please Like, Favorite, Share and Subscribe. (Which is why they are considered “new” guns by the State of California and no longer available for sale except by person to person transfer.) It is a shame that Colt has been mis-managed for so long. 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 idea was that a “hook” on the hammer could result in the hammer or sear being seriously broken when someone was in a hurry and wanted that hammer to go down, whereas a sear on a ledge being forced down might just abrade the sear edge, but the gun would still be usable. The finish was rough. It’s my favorite caliber. 45 ACP, Officers, New Agent, 7 Rd. Colt has invested in all new CNC milling machines to produce their 1911s. I’ve had a series 80 1991 A1 Colt since the early 1990s. BigDaddyHoffman1911 on the range showing and shooting The COLT 1911 Government Model Series 80 MK IV .45 acp semiautomatic pistol. I never thought of that. Maybe someone will buy them out and bring back the brand. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It means I have to cock it before it can fire. Ergonomics * * * * Average. Today we have plastic parts in Colt 1911 guns, we have rough crudely made MIM cast parts and plastic front sights. Always have. It’s got a very noticeable take-up before you hit the wall – and hit it you do. (Colt later developed a limited number of aluminum framed “Lightweight” Officer models as well.) The entire gun, all the way down to the grip screw heads, has the same uniform finish. A 1911 is a whole lot of gun in terms of weight. I will admit the series 80 is a safer gun to handle if dropped but I always hated them. The Officer’s Model also uses a steel frame rather than the aluminum or alloy frames used by the Colt Defender or other subcompact 1911’s. The 1991 series incorporates full-sized blued and stainless models in either .45 ACP or .38 Super, as well as blued and stainless Commander models in .45 ACP. In fact, the Series 80 guns have a trigger action which is inferior to the Series 70. What trash. Finish. i have 3 original 6 rnd mags, and have since bought two 7 rounders. The oohs and ahhs over the latest plastic and stamped sheet metal trash guns makes me wonder if I am now living on another planet and perhaps talking to Klingons or Romulins. Based as it is on the original military design, this new Colt 1911 is very much a no-frills gun. Colt 7 Round Blue .45 ACP New Agent/Officers Magazine. Just like that, a legend was born. Seller: Bob FFL Bob FFL. Ordnance Department sent a letter to Colt’s in Hartford, Connecticut. I’ve owned a lot of guns in my life, and still do. Colt. ... Series 80 & 90 Pistols (Government Model, M1991A1 Models, Combat Target, Combat Commander, Commander (Lightweight), Combat Elite, Delta Elite, Officers ACP, Defender) Woodsman Automatic Pistol Caliber .22 Long Rifle. 1) What happened to the Beretta review that was on Twitter but taken down quickly. The almost-black bluing I mentioned previously has a bit of a shine to it on the sides of the slide and frame. 1989 Vintage Stainless Steel Colt Mk.IV Series 80 Government Model .45 ACP . The Series 80 1911 Pistol. My younger brother was so taken with the gun that he pestered me until I let him have it. Your email address will not be published. That said, it’s far from an inaccurate gun. Then next major design came in 1983 with the Colt Mark IV Series 80. I noticed that Colt has extended the grip safety enough to prevent hammer bite. You can invest time and money and make this into a BBQ gun, but why would you do that to a standard government model like this? All gone extinct now forever never to be made again. For a gun that was designed to win wars and save lives, the focus wasn’t on making a pretty pistol, but Browning succeeded in doing just that whether he intended to or not. https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2018/06/daniel-zimmerman/freedom-munitions-parent-files-for-bankruptcy/. Most sellers are claiming that their guns have only had a few hundred rounds go through them. Fits : Officers Compact 1911 1911 Series Colt Officer's Compact American Elk Grips These grips are made to original 1911 military specs and fit most popular 1911 officer's size models such as Colt, Kimber, Remington, Rock Island, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson and Springfield Armory. The series 80 model 1991 Government does not suck. I always favored a Govt Slide on a lightweight frame with an officer’s model grips safety and commander hammer. GI#: 101569305. Gun #: 913805024. $850.00 . 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. Some better, some worse, but a 1.5” grouping is shown here inside a 3” circle. 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 gun ran flawlessly on a diet of various bullet weights and compositions. As Broke_It NB’s, the 80 has more “stuff” getting pushed around by the trigger, with spring returns. It also came out that he volunteered in Vietnam to go down into tunnels after Charles with nothing but a flashlight, a 1911, and some magazines. The 1911 is a fundamentally uncomplicated gun. a thousand dollar cure for a rare problem, a ($10) cure works really well! Overall * * * * * Either Python or affordable? “God Damn punks are screwing around too much!”. No decocker but once the hammer is down the gun will not fire from being dropped. Most items on an officer’s model 1911 cannot be swapped with commander or government item. Type. By Massad Ayoob. 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. He still enjoys it. Go on youtube and see. Two on the rear sight and one on the front. Weight: 35 oz He loves it. It was a very nice trigger pull, but in latter years, when I removed the series 80 parts and put in a slide blank, along with a new trigger and bow which I spent considerable time hand fitting…well, now it has a trigger better than any I’ve ever felt on any handgun, period. It was manufactured in 1989 and remains in excellent condition, having been well ...Click for more info. Officer: 3.5-inch barrel, 6 and 7+1 capacity. It is safe to do this with the 80 because of the firing pin block. If you’ve got older or less sharp eyes, you may find yourself wanting something a little bigger or brighter. We were test firing a Colt 1911 Series 80 after some gun smithing. $25.99. I left it stock for years, even competing with it briefly in IDPA. Overall, the review is complimentary for its design cues and small size. It proved to be an excellent firearm and I noticed no problems with quality control of any kind. It’s well-balanced and points easily, but the size and weight can be a bit much for some shooters. Custom models Colt 1911 MK IV Series 80 Government Model Pistol - YouTube I can’t explain why – but I just loved it from the heft to the way it shot to the accuracy. The 1911 is and will ever remain the quintessential American sidearm. There’s a reason the 1911 holds the record for the longest-serving sidearm of the American military. As long as you don’t have a limp wrist, the 1911 will go bang each and every time you pull the trigger. 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! No pun intended. I never even shot it and I had trouble selling it even though it was new in the box. Commander: 4.25-inch barrel, 8+1 capacity. The purpose was to inform them that the military testing held at Springfield Armory just two weeks prior had concluded and John Moses Browning’s 1911 design produced by Colt had come out on top. Gauge. Many gun enthusiasts will assert that the shorter barrel makes the Officer's Model (3.5") less accurate than a Government Model (5"). That was the main reason I went with a glock. Finally, the review we’ve all been waiting for. tired of all the bitchin and critcizing . Stainless steel. It’s that the that damn plunger makes it difficult to reassemble after detail-stripping the gun for cleaning. More Semi-Autos. A new python would be more expensive, but I think that shows that Colt knows it’s going to have to play the price game just like everybody else. Works with all New Agent/Defender and Officer … The firing pin safety plunger, spring, and actuator (parts 32, 10, and 31) were not part of the original design and are not needed. Colt Officers Factory Vintage Colt 1911 Series 70 45 Acp 6 Round Magazine. 0 bids. The Series 80 changes were mostly a solution in search of a problem. Frame Finish: Blued Series 80 Suck! Safety: Thumb Safety, Grip Safety, Firing Pin Safety 1 of 11 Colt Defender .45 ACP “…the Colt Defender would be at the very top of my list of short-barrel, short-butt 1911 .45 pistols.” 2 of 11 Barrel Slide Assembly The Defender is easy to field-strip. Login ... WOW! 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. Like, horrible. or Best Offer. FACTORY COLT OFFICERS 1911 7 RD 45ACP BLUED MAGAZINE AGENT DEFENDER 7 Capacity. The new cobra line is apparently pretty solid from what’s been reported here, and is quite affordable. In the decades following the gun’s rise to fame, dozens of companies have put their own spin on the platform, but there’s an allure that still surrounds the pistols made by Colt. I want to carry the small 1911 with the hammer down. The Series 80 firing pin block keeps the firing pin securely locked in place, until the trigger is pressed completely to the rear, releasing the firing pin block allowing the firing pin to move forward when struck by the hammer. I guess I can explain why. The fit between the slide and the frame is excellent. If the price is affordable, it is not a Python. There are thousands of ways to change this gun if that’s what you want. If Colt really wants to win back us old farts who are willing to spend enough on a single gun that our spouses shriek and ask “You spent WHAT on WHAT? 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