New Colt for the stable.

New Colt for the stable.

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    New Colt for the stable.

    I was at the LGS, today, intending to purchase an M1A. They did not have the model that I wanted and as I was about to leave, I noticed this in the display case. A new production Colt 1911 Series 70. It was not my fault, the thing followed me home. Please excuse the photo as I just did a quick wipe of the shipping goop.

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    The only noticeable difference, from the old Series 70, is a slight change in the checkering pattern on the grips and, I believe, a change in the front sight. The barrel has a solid bushing whereas the old Series 70s had the spring collet type. Colt states that the trigger is stainless steel.

    The trigger pull is a smooth 5lbs 8oz with a very crisp break. The slide is very well fitted, with minimal vertical movement. Sans the heavier trigger, this thing "Feels" more akin to a "Gold Cup" than a regular model. My understanding is that the first of the "new" Series 70s had the Series 80 slides. The hole was there but had no firing pin block installed. This one has the older style slide with no hole for the firing pin block.

    Below is a photo of the first Series 70 that I purchased, if memory serves me correctly, in 1972.

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    It has a few aftermarket parts and has "Been through the wringer" but, served me well. I am happy to know that, in these days of cost cutting, that Colt is still producing great firearms. Although the price was 5 times what I paid for my original Series 70, all in all I am pleasantly surprised, and very pleased, with this "Newer" Colt.
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    Now, that's a real gun! And a real nice one too:)
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    Very nice!!!

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    Very nice, congratulations!

    Quote Originally Posted by oldskeetshooter View Post

    The only noticeable difference, from the old Series 70, is a slight change in the checkering pattern on the grips and, I believe, a change in the front sight. The barrel has a solid bushing whereas the old Series 70s had the spring collet type. Colt states that the trigger is stainless steel.
    Front and rear sight are different, in addition to the collet bushing, the original Series 70s also had the "Accurizor" barrel.

    My understanding is that the first of the "new" Series 70s had the Series 80 slides. The hole was there but had no firing pin block installed.
    The early Series 70 reproductions had the correct slide, it was the frame that was different, those had the "10mm cut-out" on the frame rail for a short time.



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    Congratulations on the new addition to the stable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Very nice, congratulations!

    Front and rear sight are different, in addition to the collet bushing, the original Series 70s also had the "Accurizor" barrel.

    The early Series 70 reproductions had the correct slide, it was the frame that was different, those had the "10mm cut-out" on the frame rail for a short time.



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    Thanks for the info OD. "You da man"!! I appreciate it. I just brought it home and haven't disassembled it to see any frame differences.
    A wise man once said: "Bugout bag?..What's that? Is that all the junk you sidewalk commandos plan on humping when the SHTF...I'll grab a Nylon 66, a box of 22s and a poncho liner and in less than a week I will have all of your stuff and everything else that I need for the duration."

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    NICE ADDITION to the Stable!!! You did well!... Congrats congrats...
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    Got my Series 70 in '73. It still occupies the "If I could only have one" slot. Probably always will.
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    Nice addition!
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    My favorite is the Series 70 and earlier.
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    Congrats!

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    There is nothing quite like a Series '70.

    Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldskeetshooter View Post
    Thanks for the info OD. "You da man"!! I appreciate it. I just brought it home and haven't disassembled it to see any frame differences.
    You're welcome sir.
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    Schwing!!!
    Nice pickup.
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