1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Stock or Modified?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Wildalaska, Aug 6, 2004.

  1. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Picked up an original 99% series 70 today, completely stock (luckily no collet bushing).....arched housing, short trigger.....

    I mean the barrel isnt even throated for hollowpoints!

    Now...do I keep it stock, or put the bells and whistels on...and why? Discuss..dont forget the pros and cons of lowering and flaring, throating safeties etc
    (I am gonna put Trijicons on it just so I can see the sights...)

    Keep in mind its intended use....range, general use...maybe carry once in a while but hey this is Alaska and all I need around town is a .32...

    Like to hear from you guys why I would need to throat it for hollow points, is someone gonna tell me ball aint effective?

    Have at it

  2. TaxPhd

    TaxPhd Well-Known Member

    Check out the post on "Ducktails."

    Just put the gun in the configuration in which you will shoot it the best.

  3. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Read the thread, looking to get others to join in......

  4. sm

    sm member

    I"d keep it stock. I'd even just paint the sights. If all we could use was ball ammo- I wouldn't be upset - It works.Shot Placement. If the ammo is spec'd and the ejector and extractor are adjusted right - one don't need lowered and flared....

    If left Stock ...and in the event you ever decided to sell....or perhaps being stock , someone might make you an offer you could not refuse.


    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    Stock,stock,stock, do you hear me up there? I said STOCK!!!!!:cuss:
  6. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    If it runs in it's stock configuration and will be mainly a range/general usage pistol I would leave it stock and shoot ball ammo.
  7. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    A Series 70 without a collet bushing is not original.
  8. Smoke

    Smoke Well-Known Member

    Keep it stock....there may not be many of these in a few more years.

    Buy a NRM or other 1911 varient to put on bells and whistles.

    my $0.02

  9. 1911 TERRY

    1911 TERRY Well-Known Member

    Keep it stock!!!!!!!!!! DON'T MESS WITH PERFECTION
  10. grendelbane

    grendelbane Well-Known Member

    I have 2 Series 70s. Both bought new, one in 79, and the other in 83.

    Both still have the collet bushing. Never a problem with either one.

    I believe that if the collet bushing is going to break, it will do so early in its life. After thousands of rounds, I do not worry about mine. Maybe I just got lucky.

    One of my 70 Series is a .38 Super. It is very particuliar about what HP's it wants to feed. I attribute this to the 2 diameter barrel. I put a .38 Super together on a Caspian frame with a single diameter barrel and a conventional bushing. It feeds anything.

    If I could not run JHP's in the 3 .38 Supers I own, I would get rid of them. In the .45, though, I consider hardball acceptable.

    70 Series are not the best Colts out there, by any means. I intend to hang on to my Gold Cup and my .38 Super as I have such a long history with them. My newer 1911 style acquisitions will vary, though I am hearing such good things about Colt I might consider a new one.
  11. farscott

    farscott Well-Known Member

    While a Series 70 Government Model should have a collet bushing as shipped from the factory, it would not surprise me if Colt shipped a few (or a lot) with a regular bushing based on what I have gotten from Colt NIB. So it may or may not be box-stock. I think the bushing issue is a non-event since the collet bushings work just fine until one of the spring fingers gets bent.

    In any event, I would shoot it some to see what it will do before I started tweaking or changing parts. It may shoot just fine or it may be the original jamamatic with hollowpoints; I have had examples of both. Heck, I have had the same experience with ball. There seems to be lots of variation in the quality of individual Series 70 pistols.

    If you do decide to tweak the pistol, I agree that high-profile sights are the way to go. Other things I like are a good dehorn, a ring hammer in place of the spur hammer or a shortened hammer spur, and different grips. If you are going to carry it, a corrosion-resistant finish may be nice.

    I would not feel guilty about modding it. An awful lot of Series 70 pistols were built, and Colt will be making more. Or you can go the middle route and only do mods that can be undone. Still it is only a pistol, so do what you want and ignore those of us, especially me, telling you what to do with it.

    The best thing about yours is no one will tell you to replace the MIM parts!!!

Share This Page