Sold For: $4,001
Make: Colt / Armand Swenson
Model: Series 70 1911
Serial Number: 70G12083
Year of Manufacture: 1970’s
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Semi-Auto Single Action Pistol with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S MK IV/SERIES ’70 / GOVERNMENT MODEL / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER”. The left side of the frame at the trigger guard has a “3”, and a triangle “VP”. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT’S GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CONN, U.S.A.”, and with the serial number. There is a “P” insert into the top of the slide, for the last name of the original owner – “Peck”.
Barrel Length: 5″
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a front serrated blade and a rear windage and elevation adjustable sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered hard wood, with sharp checkering and almost no wear. Overall, the grips rate in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: This gun is finished in the famous satin hard chrome finish pioneered by Armand Swenson.
Finish Originality: Refinished by Armand Swenson in hard chrome.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. The barrel has been polished.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 98% of its current metal finish. The balance of the finish shows just minor handling marks and a takedown mark at the slide stop. The gun looks hardly fired is certainly very well cared for. The screw heads are sharp and undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The gun is tight. The trigger pull is light. We did not test fire this gun. This is one of the best 1911’s money could ever buy.
Box & Accessories: 4 magazines are included – 1x chrome Colt magazine, 1x Pachmayr, 1x blued Colt mag and one more unmarked blued magazine. All magazines are in Very Good condition. Also included is a copy of the April 1973 Guns & Ammo, featuring Swenson’s work on pages 34-36, 86-87. The original Colt manual, “Handling the Handgun” pamphlet and “The .45 Automatic” are also included. All paperwork is in Very good condition.
Our Assessment: This gun is just beautiful as completed by a true world renowned and true master gunsmith; Armand Swenson. It has all of the classic Swenson touches; hard chrome finish, lowered sights, square trigger guard with stippling, square checkering on the front of the grip, replaced ambidextrous safety, and superb action work ++. A very rare find here, especially in this condition. Attention collectors and shooters, this is perhaps the best Colt 1911 ever assembled.