Colt series 80 Officers ACP upgrades?

Colt series 80 Officers ACP upgrades?

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    Colt series 80 Officers ACP upgrades?

    I have an unfired Colt Officers ACP that has been sitting around since the mid 80s.
    It would make a nice carry weapon for when I don't want to carry a full size 1911 .
    Would like some upgrades for reliability, function and accuracy. Thinking trigger/action work, beavertail grip safety, barrel, throat and polish ramp and chamber, lower and flare ejection port, extractor/ejector work, sights, and hard chrome finish.
    Anybody done one like this? Who to send it to? Any idea on costs?
    Or should I even bother and just sell it and buy something else?
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    These guys did a great job on my Colt series 80 Officers ACP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrike6 View Post
    I have an unfired Colt Officers ACP that has been sitting around since the mid 80s.
    It would make a nice carry weapon for when I don't want to carry a full size 1911 .
    Would like some upgrades for reliability, function and accuracy. Thinking trigger/action work, beavertail grip safety, barrel, throat and polish ramp and chamber, lower and flare ejection port, extractor/ejector work, sights, and hard chrome finish.
    Anybody done one like this? Who to send it to? Any idea on costs?
    Or should I even bother and just sell it and buy something else?

    Thanks
    Why not shoot it a bunch and see if it needs anything done to it?
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    Well, I was still undecided if I would just sell it, and wanted to keep it in good condition.
    Plus, This was a fairly early one, and I heard stories about sears breaking, and didn't want to risk it before it had been gone over.
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    Can I ask you what it cost, and how it shoots now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrike6 View Post
    Well, I was still undecided if I would just sell it, and wanted to keep it in good condition.
    Plus, This was a fairly early one, and I heard stories about sears breaking, and didn't want to risk it before it had been gone over.
    I believe it is just that, stories. I had a first year production Officers ACP (1985) and it was an excellent little pistol that needed nothing, and have had several since, I've never had a problem with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    I believe it is just that, stories. I had a first year production Officers ACP (1985) and it was an excellent little pistol that needed nothing, and have had several since, I've never had a problem with them.
    Well, that's comforting! It sure has an ugly finish to it , though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrike6 View Post
    Well, that's comforting! It sure has an ugly finish to it , though.
    On the early ones, Colt used Parkerizing, is yours an early model? You are correct, Parkerizing isn't very attractive, but it is very durable, IF, it's maintained the way it should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    On the early ones, Colt used Parkerizing, is yours an early model? You are correct, Parkerizing isn't very attractive, but it is very durable, IF, it's maintained the way it should be.
    Yeah, it's an '85, parkeriized.
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    If it fun toons well I would leave it alone.
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    I agree with others. If it runs good, don't fix it. And I've never heard of sears breaking on the OACP. Don't drop the slide on an empty chamber. Lower it manually so the hammer don't bounce on the sear. I own two OACP's and all I've ever done is buy spare recoil spring plugs "in case" one breaks. Have never broken one in 20 years though.

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    I've been shooting mine right out of the box with no mods since that model was first introduced. 23-25 years? Somewhere along there.

    Probably got 35,000 rounds through it. Only replaced the springs and a barrel bushing IIRC.
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    It needs a couple of range trips; put a couple boxes of FMJ through it and then switch to HP's to test function. If it runs reliably you are good to go. One thing about Colt's is they are sharp, you may want to have it smoothed over and any sharp edges broken, especially around the thumb and grip safety. Sights are another option if you want a better picture or some type of low light aid. After shooting it you should have a better idea of what needs to be done. My Colt runs 100% with whatever I feed it, but after firing my hands hurt from the sharp edges, that's just a Colt thing.

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    I have seen more than one recoil spring plug break and render the pistol inoperative. I'd upgrade that part first.
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    If you want to make it nice, send it to Colt for the Tactical package. They do a lot of stuff, add night sights, refinish, trigger job, dehorn, etc. for $875. So you retain a lot of value in it because it was all factory work.
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