Colt 1911,series 70, bulit or sell?

Colt 1911,series 70, bulit or sell?

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    Colt 1911,series 70, bulit or sell?

    Hi to All,
    Back around the early 80's ,I aquire a nib Colt 1911 series 70, 45ACP in hopes of someday sending it to Bill Wilson to build a comp gun.!!!
    Now I no longer complete in IPSC matches, but wish to do IDPA!!
    I have a Sig 229R DAK ,40S&W and have done a few matches with it!
    But the 1911 is calling me again!
    So do i :
    a) sell the colt series 70 and buy a new gun? (Springfield 1911)
    b)convert the series 70 to a useable, uptodate carrygun? (sights,beavertail,triggerjob,etc)
    c)keep the series 70 as a collector item??
    d)Just buy a new carry gun!!
    If I choose "b" ,who do I sent it to do the work?? Iam 64 and can't wait too long!!!

    Thanks to all

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    c) and d) LOL!!!
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    Welcome. I agree with Chris, c) and d)

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    a: sell to me :)

    or C and D...

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    NEVER sell a gun! It's just another portfolio in your 401k for later. We play with our 401k's while others just look at numbers. Keep all your investments.
    Welcome to the best website on guns. I love guns and don't sell them. If things go south, they and ammo are good trading material.
    Keep that Series 70 and get you another gun. STI is right there in Georgetown. Or you can get a custom built with whatever bells and whistles at Give them a call.

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    C&D would be good course ya can sell itto me cheep i could use another colt

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    Keep Colt in safe, buy new carry gun

    You said that you bought the Colt 20+ years ago in new condition. I am presuming it is still in new condition, although you didn't say if you had shot it or not. In that case, I'd vote for options c. and d.

    It would be a shame to start carving on your NIB series 70 at this point, after waiting 20+ years. Keep it as an investment.

    You can buy a modern 1911 with beavertails, mag chutes and what not and start shooting it right away in matches.

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    Keep it as the 70 series guns are great collector guns.......and YES buy a new carry gun, in the 1911 configuration, as there are plenty of choices out there...
    I WOULD NOT do anything to that sweet Colt ya got there.....keep it stock, as if you begin to enhance it, you'll lose good value in the gun
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    Anoter C&D. Selling that series 70 to buy a new Springer would be blasphemy.

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    Definitely C and D! Never sell your Series 70;I did, still kick myself nightly after 12 years.
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    Well you could keep it and if you have a son/daughter they might appreciate it after you're gone. Or, not understanding your appreciation of a fine piece of Americania, have no desire to keep it and sell it while you spin in your grave.

    To sell it for a Springfield is just plain wrong! If you what to have a 1911 built, then turning it over to Bill Wilson wouldn't be a degrading act enhancing it's value immediately and may add to it's collectivability some time in the future like a Tiffiany Colt (make sure to get a letter from Wilson if you decide to do this).

    As there were thousands of series 70's made, unless there was some unique properties (like a double off-set stamp of the Colt logo) on yours I wouldn't worry about it.

    With that said; before I would do anything with it. I would try and find out as much as I could about it (get a letter from Colt), just to make sure that I didn't mess up a 1 in a million piece.

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    Hold On Here. The guy has a NIB Colt Series 70 - The #1 All Time Ideal Base Gun to make up into an ultimate PREMIER Super Hi-Class Best Ever Custom Carry Gun.

    The very thought of selling off that Genuine 70 Colt to buy a Clot Clone Wannabe Springer is an abomination of nature.

    The guy is 64 years old and we all only get to live once.
    He can't take his $$$ with him...or his yummy Colt Series 70 pistola.

    If he has one of the top custom smiths do an A-# 1 Top Of The Line Custom for him then that is HARDLY a losing proposition.
    THAT is a sound investment.

    Doing that is actually a better investment than keeping the Colt as a 70s Safe Queen if he keeps it in good overall condition.

    He would have to pick his Custom Gun Smith VERY CAREFULLY.

    Which exact Gun Smith would be a great topic for a brand new forum thread of its own.

    Were I him & depending on my finances I would go for a Deluxe Custom Carry Package.

    What sheer JOY that gun would be to own, appreciate, carry, & shoot!

    What could give a lifelong shooter more happiness than a personally tailored Custom .45 that is 100% Reliable & a perfectly accurate Tack-Driver to boot!?!

    The ENVY of all other peon shooters at the Pistol Range.

    Would THAT be sweet sittin' in a fine leather holster made by one of our top leather guys or what?

    Just my personal opinion ~ For Me ~ There would be no A. B. C. or D. ~ There would only be "B" ~ AKA Create A Top Of The Line Colt Custom Carry Exactly The Way I Would Want It For Me.

    Then the guy could dump every other "ordinary" carry gun that he owns...because he could carry none better than the custom one he had made up for himself.

    Of Course the dollar value of the New In Box Series 70 Colts has escalated.
    Ask yourself WHY though. BECAUSE...people want an unscrewed with firearm to start with as THE Base Gun to make their PERFECT Custom Gun.
    That's Why.

    He already has HIS perfect Base Gun & you know he bought it at a great price.

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