SOLD FOR: $1,500.00
Model: MK IV Series ’70 Government Model
Serial Number: 23887G70
Year of Manufacture: 1977 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine (no magazine included)
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”COLT’S GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S MK IV/SERIES ’70 / GOVERNMENT MODEL / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER” with the rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / 23887G70”. The barrel is marked “COLT .45 AUTO. / MK.IV/SERIES’70”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “V” and the left is marked “Z” and “VP” in triangle.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels gold colored Colt medallions in their centers. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The barrel and grip safety have light operational wear and there is a light, thin scratch under the slide stop. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are undamaged. The pin heads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide to frame fit has almost no play. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a faux-wood cardboard box with serial matching label, two-piece styrofoam insert, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual, yellow “stop-sign” hang tag, and a single blued 7-round magazine marked “COLT / .45 AUTO.” on the floorplate. The box has scattered light-moderate wear, heaviest at the edges and corners with some tears and fraying at corners and one of the small ears torn off on the non-label end (the ear is retained and included, but is not attached to the box), in about Fair-Good condition. The magazine has very light operational wear with intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Colt MK IV Series ’70 Government Model from 1977. The descendent of the original Model of 1911, it has updates of the 1911-A1 as well as a collet-style bushing to improve accuracy. The pistol is in Excellent condition, appearing to have seen exteremely light use, if any. It comes with its original box and retains about 98% of its finish. The grips are sharp with only light handling marks, the pistol has a bright bore with sharp rifling and strong mechanics. This would make a great recreational shooter, carry, or home defense gun for the 1911 fan. However, in its high condition and with original box, the shooters will be bidding against collectors on this pretty pony. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.