SOLD FOR: $2676
Model: MK IV Series 80 Government Model Enhanced
Serial Number: SG03732E
Year of Manufacture: 1994 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .38 Super
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT MK IV / -SERIES 80-” with a rampant colt, the right is marked “GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and “SG03732E”. The left of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle and “1”, the right is marked “M”. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT SUPER 38 AUTO-“.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a white dot fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two white dots dovetailed to the rear of the slide. The top of the slide has a full-length solid rib and is matte-finished for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece textured rubber wraparound grip which has silver-colored Colt medallions. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grip is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches, most on the right slide flat and the bottom-right of the dust cover. The action shows minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has minor play to the frame. The trigger is crisp. This pistol was made with a firing pin block safety (series ’80). We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a blue plastic Colt case with serial-matching cardboard sleeve, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and a total of two 9-round Colt magazines. The case has minor storage wear, in Fine-Excellent condition. The sleeve has more notable wear with fraying and tears at edges and corners, both small ears are missing from the label-end, in about Fair condition. The magazines have faint operational wear, intact feed lips and strong springs, in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: Colt’s 1911 served the United States military through two World Wars and several other conflicts, is still in use by some units today, and has become popular with law enforcement, competitors, and recreational shooters across the nation. The design has seen some updates including a firing-pin block safety, higher profile sights, and more ergonomic grips, but the basic design and fantastic trigger remain the same after more than a century. This example is a MK IV Series 80 Government Model Enhanced. The Enhanced variant comes from the factory with a beavertail grip safety, skeletonized hammer and an under-cut trigger guard. This example is constructed from stainless steel and is chambered for the .38 Super cartridge. It is in about Fine-plus condition, retaining 96% of its finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. If you are looking for your first 1911 or your next, this would be a great addition to any safe in America. Please see our photos and good luck!