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New Baby... Colt MKIV Series 70 "Extreme Combat"

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dutch1911, Oct 4, 2009.

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  1. Dutch1911

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    Good afternoon all...
    I've spoken of this project before, much earlier this year. I'm pleased to report it's finally complete. For the last 9 months it's been a slow going process and is finally done.
    Last January I ordered a New Moldel O Government Series 70 .45 ACP 5" Blue from Colt.
    Here are the specifications/modifications...

    Slide and frame Hand fitted/lapped
    Slide and frame tastefully dehorned by hand, slight in some areas but in my opinion perfect.
    Lowered and flared ejection port w/ scallop (also tastefully accomplished)
    Extractor - Ed Brown Hardcore hand fitted and tuned
    Ejector - Ed Brown Hardcore hand fitted and tuned
    Mainspring Housing - Ed Brown Hardcore smooth arched
    Beavertail Grip Safety - Ed Brown Hardcore Memory Bump hand fitted and blended
    Thumb Safety - Ed Brown Hardcore Tactical hand fitted
    All ignition parts - Ed Brown Hardcore hand fitted (Commander Hammer)
    Slide Lock - Ed Brown Hardcore hand tuned
    Barrel/Bushing - Kart National Match hand tuned/fitted
    - Polished throat
    - Crowned Muzzle (Don't recall the degrees... I think it's 42)
    Magazine Release - Ed Brown Hardcore
    Trigger Solid adjustable travel - 10-8
    - Trigger hand fitted polished consistant pull average of 10 pulls 4.1 lbs. Breaks like glass...
    Guide Rod - Full Length 2 piece Ed Brown hand polihsed
    Recoil Spring - Wolff progressive rate

    Sighting System
    Novak X Rear
    - Tritium Bar
    Novak Gold Bead front sight

    Grips
    - Mil Tac G-10 1* embossed black/grey panels

    The finish was completed by hand rubbed and fine glass bead blasted. Some imperfections were found from Colt's shop and removed.
    This gun is blued with a high polish on the flats and very fine bead blasting on the rounds. The rounds have a very slight matte finish.

    I must say the action and slide on this weapon is smooth as silk and the trigger breaks clean and crisp very consistantly. All in all it's incredible to feel and and a joy to run.
    There were some very specific reliability modifications I requested, that took some time to perfect. This is a working gun, as a P.O.S.T. firearms instructor I was very specific about it's future use.
    Upon receiving it yesterday quite frankly it's far more handsome than I expected it to be.

    All the hand fitting and work was performed by my smith and close friend Lon Tuttle of Tactical Solutions here in Boise, Id. Folks, this man did a phenominal job on this weapon!!! I can't say enough about his work.

    It will currently be carried in a Milt Sparks holster 55BN with shark trim. I have on order a couple of different rigs from Milt in Elephant. Upon arrival I will photograph them also.

    I'll spend some time this evening cleaning it up from my grubby mitts and get some photographs posted.

    Hooo Aaaah!!!!

    Thank you Lon for all your hard work and dealing with my OCD issues on this weapon! You've exceeded my dreams and goals and made this weapon a reality that I will cherish and use for the rest of my days.

    Thank you...


    David Sidwell
    Boise, Id.
    Dutch1911
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  2. wickedsprint

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    That is a great loking Colt..always dug the Black grips on a blued 1911.
     
  3. DRYHUMOR

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    Nice detail on the magwell. Really nice work.
     
  4. Gordon
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    A wonderful piece of work ! Great fighting pistol after you lose the FLGR. Also great choice in a holster. My Novak gold bead front sights have lost their beads on two different pistols after a few thousand rounds. They fixed it and I still like it but...
     
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    Bump! This piece deserves more press ! A lot of thinking and work went in to it! I've found on THR the last few years the better the gun the less the interest. Lets hope not!
     
  6. Snowdog

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    An absolutely beautiful pistol you've got there, David.

    I am also relieved to see this pleonastic "extreme combat" silliness wasn't rollstamped on the slide. Whew!
    We all know if the words "extreme" and "combat" are both to be stamped onto a firearm, the words "Special Forces", "Spec Ops" or "Ninja" must accompany it. :D

    All kidding aside, this is quite a stunning specimen, kudos.
     
  7. DRYHUMOR

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    Extreme Ninja... Hmmm.... Could be a niche market.

    Does it shoot as well as it looks?
     
  8. Dutch1911

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    "I am also relieved to see this pleonastic "extreme combat" silliness wasn't rollstamped on the slide. Whew!
    We all know if the words "extreme" and "combat" are both to be stamped onto a firearm, the words "Special Forces", "Spec Ops" or "Ninja" must accompany it. "

    LOL No offense taken...
    However... I'm thinking though... maybe I should have named the thread=

    "Spec Ops Force Ninja Combat Extreme"
     
  9. Dutch1911

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    You know what's interesting is I can visualize people looking at this weapon shrugging thier shoulders and saying to themselves... eh... no rails, no two tone no frills... what's next.

    But I'm ok with that... because behind the grin I wear on my face everytime I pull the trigger, is the knowing... what they never will.


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  10. GZOh_Jr

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    Yeah, and its not even polymer!

    Beautiful to the point of being inspirational. Other than having some Hogue horizontal palm swell grips, you may very well have built my dream gun, feature for feature!
     
  11. AcceptableUserName

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    i was laughing about something when i opened the thread. i saw the awesomeoness of this gun and stopped laughing.



    do want.
     
  12. The Lone Haranguer

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    That is one thing I would not have done, personally. But the rest of the work looks top notch. How does it shoot?
     
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