Colt MKIV Series ’70 Government Model 1911 .45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol, 1982

SOLD FOR: $1825

LSB#: 210802HE02

Make: Colt

Model: MK IV Series ’70 Government Model

Serial Number: A70B37619

Year of Manufacture: 1982 (, please note, the A must be omitted from the serial for the search to function properly)

Caliber: .45 ACP

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 / .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. / A70B37619”. 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 “Q” and “VP” in triangle.

Barrel Length: 5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade 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 checkered walnut panels with gold Colt medallions. There is no notable wear or damage to the grips, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall the grips are in about Excellent 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 97% of its metal finish. There are a few light marks on the frontstrap, light handling marks and minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The pin heads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has almost no 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 faux-wood cardboard box with hand-marked serial matching label, two-piece styrofoam insert with a total of one Colt 7-round magazine, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and yellow “stop-sign” hang-tag. The box has scattered light wear and short tears with most at corners and ears, in about Good-plus condition. The magazine has a strong spring and intact feed lips with light operational wear, in Fine condition.

Our Assessment: This is a Colt MK IV Series ’70 Government Model from 1982. 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-Excellent condition with little sign of use. It comes with its original box, ready to hit the range or join a Colt collection. It even has a scarce “A” prefix which appears to be an added marking which was used to differentiate pistols when a serial number was inadvertently duplicated. Please see our photos and good luck!

Colt MKIV Series '70 Government Model 1911 .45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol, 1982
Colt MKIV Series ’70 Government Model 1911 .45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol, 1982