SOLD FOR: $1125
Model: MK IV Series ’70 Government Model
Serial Number: 70G36762
Year of Manufacture: 1973 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol Fed by Detachable Magazine. Please note, no magazine is 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. / 70G36762”. The barrel is marked “COLT .45 AUTO / MK.IV/SERIES’70”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “Z” and the left is marked “4” 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 with silver-colored Colt medallions. The grips have a couple little marks through the finish, most noticeable on the right panel at the top. There are no chips or cracks. Overall the grips are in Fine Plus 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 but there is some stubborn fouling up against the lands.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is some finish loss on the right side of the slide in front of the dust cover. There are some faint rubs on the matte surfaces. There is a light takedown mark on the left side of the frame. There are a couple little spots of discoloration on the sides of the hammer. Some of the edges have light thinning. Teh sides of the slide have a light plum hue. There are a few other minor marks. The screw heads have strong sockets, the grip screws are replacements. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide to frame fit has hardly any 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: None. Please note, no magazine is included.
Our Assessment: This is a Colt MK IV Series ’70 Government Model from 1973. 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 Fine Plus condition with about 97% of its blue finish, 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. Please see our photos and good luck!