SOLD FOR: $1375
Model: MK IV Series 80 Officer’s ACP
Serial Number: SF15864
Year of Manufacture: 1986 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Semi-Auto Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT MK IV / -SER’ES 80-” (the die appears to have been damaged with the “I” in “SERIES” incomplete) with the Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the slide is marked “OFFICER’S ACP”. The right side of the frame is marked with “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and the serial number. The left trigger guard bow has an “F” and the verified Proof. The right trigger guard bow has a “C”. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO-“.
Barrel Length: 3 1/2?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with an orange fiber-optic insert fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two green fiber-optic inserts dovetailed to the rear of the slide. The top of the slide has a solid rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood. The grips have minor handling wear with thinning finish at the top and bottom edges and light tool marks around the grip screws. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue Slide, Stainless Steel Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The finish is lightly thinning at some edges. The slide has a few scattered minor marks with a few more notable scuffs on the right flat at the rear and just in front of the ejection port. The frame has scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches, most in the frontstrap, trigger guard and the bottom of the dust cover. The trigger scallops on the frame have been polished bright. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are tool marked with strong sockets. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in Very Good-Fine condition as customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide to frame fit shows very little play. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 7-round Wilson Combat magazine.
Our Assessment: In the 1970s, the Rock Island Arsenal began production of a shortened 1911 for use as a General Officer’s pistol. These pistols were built only for issue to Generals and were not available to the general public. The idea of a compact 1911 was already around; the Commander had been in production for some time up to that point and gunsmiths had made more compact 1911-style pistols as one-off custom guns. Detonics was one of if not the earliest companies to introduce a production 1911-style pistol smaller even than the Commander, their Combat Master. Colt took some time to react to the popularity of these guns and then introduced the Officer’s ACP in 1985. This example was produced in 1986 and is in about Very Good-Fine condition with 95% of its finish, a bright bore and strong mechanics. The pistol has been customized with a set of fiber-optic sights, extended slide-stop, beavertail grip safety and a set of attractive wood grips. With its shorter barrel and frame, this pistol brings more concealability to the classic 1911 design. Please see our photos and good luck!