Right out-of-the box this has a clean, smooth 4 lb. trigger pull! All I did to this one is install a longer Colt trigger (I have big hands and prefer an arched MSH with a longer trigger), black double diamond rubber grips (the double diamond rosewood grips it came with are gorgeous, but I just wanted more of a "stealth" look), and an Ed Brown Hard Core Extractor (the newest Colts already come with tool steel extractors right-from-the-factory - not MIM). Otherwise, this is a box-stock, new re-issue Colt Series 70 Government 1911. It reliably feeds and fires FMJ and JHP from a wide variety of ammo makers (PMC FMJ, AE FMJ, S&B FMJ, CorBon JHP, Winchester JHP, and Federal HydraShok JHP) using over a half-dozen different magazine brands (Colt, Shooting Star, Wilson, PowerMag, Mec-Gar, and Wolff).
Of my dozen or so 1911's, this one is among my very favorites. It's proven to be so reliable that it's earned the right to share home and RV defense duty with my best Series I Kimbers and Springfield TRP.
It's a totally reliable, highly satisfying, classic-styled 1911! Now I want another one to customize even a little more, so I can keep this one nearly box-stock! Only trouble is, gee whiz, my new "affair" with Browning Hi-Powers! :rolleyes:
Happy New Year to you! ;)
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January 1, 2003, 11:10 AM
That is gorgeous! :cool:
January 1, 2003, 11:21 AM
I- really- really -really want one of those--really !!!!
Thanks for sharing.
January 1, 2003, 11:27 AM
Real nice. I'm jealous.
January 1, 2003, 11:37 AM
Cool! Now how do I convince my wife that I need a fourth M1911?
January 1, 2003, 11:41 AM
It looks great! But why is it called a Series 70? Did Colt take the firing pin safety out?
January 1, 2003, 02:40 PM
I've always wondered what makes one 1911 better looking than another one. To me its like saying the Glock 19 is nicer looking than the G23.
January 1, 2003, 02:54 PM
Some 1911 newbies might argue with you...
Valtro pix (http://www.imageseek.com/valtro)
January 1, 2003, 03:22 PM
Heck, even the basic guns Colt is making aren't so basic anymore. :D
I agree that the new Series 70 guns Colt is currently making are some of their best. It can even be argued that these are even better than the original Series 70 guns. Here is a full-profile view of mine, completely bone-stock.
January 2, 2003, 12:01 AM
Hey I'm thrilled that you guys appreciate the gun and the photo. Thanks. It truly is a superb pistol... I feel very fortunate to own it and will never give it up. I just need to get another one!
By the way, Colt is considering producing a stainless steel version of the Series 70 in early in 2003. Let's hope the decide to do that! Just be aware that most dealers don't have a clue what's going on with Colt and you have to do your own homework to find out what's going on. There are plenty of Colts available to any dealer through any of a number of firearms distributors... all your dealer has to do is place a call to make an order. Colt's website is terribly out of date and they don't advertise.... so just stay tuned to the 1911Forum/Colt area and you'll get the skinny from people who know! Colt lovers can rejoice.
SteveW... I'm not sure how to tell how an extractor is made... someone somewhere told me that if there is a V stamped on the extractor that it's MIM, but I'm not really sure. I'm just slowly going through all my 1911's and putting in tool steel extractors as a matter of course. That's the one component on a 1911 which is the most troublesome and which benefits the most from being tool steel. I can live with plastic mainspriing housings (seems most of the production guns have them) and they're so easy to swap out for steel... I like to swap them out for arched MSH anyway, so I just get steel ones. But I'm sure the polymer MSH works just fine anyway.
The trigger came from another Colt of mine, a Combat Commander. The two-hole cutouts are my favorite "look" in trigger shoes. I don't really like any of the other trigger shoe styles. The only triggers with shoes which look like this, that I've seen, are available from Colt and Kimber. My Series 1 Kimber Compact CDP has a trigger shoe which looks nearly identical to this one.
The rubber double diamond grips are off another one of my Kimbers, a Government-size Stainless Series 1. I like switching parts around to make the guns more to my own taste and style. I've also ordered grips and other parts from Kimber to use on all of my 1911's, regardless of brand. Kimber's Eclipse grips are unique and look great on blued as well as stainless 1911's.
January 2, 2003, 12:21 AM
Colts are still tough to get even for distributors sometimes..took months to get the Series 70 guns (and they are awesome) and Defenders are very scarce..
I guess the new one is gonna be the repro 1920 Commercial...thats the one I want!:D
January 2, 2003, 12:31 AM
Woo-hoo! No more plastic mainspring housings, either?
Colt still uses nylon mainspring housings on most of their models. Personally I don't have a problem with them. It's the plastic triggers that looked so cheap.
Another good thing about new Colts is that they use very few of the controversial MIM parts. According to a source at Colt the mag catch, sear, and disconnector are the only three parts still being made in MIM. The latest batch use machined extractors. If you have a pistol that was made a few months or more ago it might have an MIM extractor, which I recommend replacing with a quality aftermarket unit.
You can read up on the new Series 70 and 80 guns on my website.