SOLD FOR: $2100
Model: MK IV Series ’70 Government Model
Serial Number: 70L05446
Year of Manufacture: 1975 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine
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 / 9mm LUGER 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. / 70L05446”. The barrel is marked “CAL. 9MM. LUGER / MK.IV/SERIES’70”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “B” and the left is marked “A” and “VP” in triangle.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a serrated, ramped rear face 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 smooth wood panels with silver-colored Colt medallions. The grips show minor handling wear with a few minor nicks and scratches, and thinning finish at the bottom edges. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine 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 95% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at at some edges, most notable at the front of the slide. There are some scattered minor nicks, scuffs and scratches. The grip areas show minor handling wear. The action has light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide to frame fit has barely perceptible 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 green nylon Voodoo Tactical zipper case with Colt patch, two 14 pound recoil spring, one Wolff and one NicTaylor00, a total of seven 9-round magazines and a set of gray laminate checkered wood grips with silver colored Colt medallions. The case has minor handling wear with intact stitching and functioning zippers, in about Fine condition. The additional grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp and there are no chips or cracks, in about Excellent condition. Four of the magazines are Metalform brand, two are Colt and marked with a rampant colt, “COLT / CAL 9MM LUGER” and “M” on their floorplates, the last is marked “COLT / CAL. 9MM LUGER”. The Colt and Metalform magazines have minor operational wear, intact feed lips and strong springs, in Fine-Excellent condition. The seventh magazine has more notable operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Colt MK IV Series ’70 Government Model from 1975. 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. This example is chambered for 9mm, giving a couple more rounds in the magazine and will have quite tame recoil with its all-steel construction. The pistol is in Fine condition with about 95% of its blue finish, a bright bore with sharp rifling and strong mechanics. The pistol comes with a nice carry case, some spare recoil springs and seven magazines, ready to hit the range. This would make a great recreational shooter, carry, or home defense gun for the 1911 fan. Please see our photos and good luck!