Colt Combat Government MKIV Series 70 .45 ACP 1911 Semi-Auto Pistol 1983

SOLD FOR: $2525

LSB#: 210811HE20

Make: Colt

Model: Combat Government Model, MKIV Series 70, No. 08111

Serial Number: 70B55838

Year of Manufacture: 1983 (

Caliber: .45 ACP

Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol, Detachable Magazine

Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”COMBAT GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The left side of the slide is marked “-COMBAT- / GOVERNMENT”, “COLT”, “-AUTOMATIC- / CALIBER 45” 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. / 70B55838”. The barrel is marked “-COLT .45 AUTO- / MK.IV/SERIES’70”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “T” and the left is marked “4” and “VP” in triangle.

Barrel Length: 5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a patridge blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch with a white outline and is dovetailed into the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black rubber with gold-colored colt medallions that wrap around the frontstrap. There are a few light handling marks. The grip rates in about Excellent overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

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 98% of its metal finish. There are some light handling marks. There is light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions properly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching box with styrofoam tray, paperwork including the manual, and a 7-round magazine.

Our Assessment: The Combat Government models were produced at the end of Series 70 production run and were only available in limited quantities. A silver soldered on front sight (much was made of this at the time) with a partridge form like a Gold Cup or late Service Ace was the primary modification from a stock series 70. The back sight featured a taller standing leaf, similar to the series 80’s but with a white outline instead of the dots. The top of the slide isn’t parkerized, but rather a coarse bead blast before bluing. Like a commander, the ejection port was lowered and given a better notch. The trigger was a long, contemporary version of the original smooth-faced 1911 trigger, but instead of being a single piece, it was crimped into the stirrup instead of being one piece milling. The mainspring housing was a flat Colt commercial steel housing with vertical serrations, similar to the Gold Cups. The edges of the mag well were lightly champfered. The slide was marked Combat Government and the came in a polished blue finish. These were Colts out-of-the-box IPSC gun and as such were often further customized and worked on by shooters. This one looks great and has hardly any wear, with its box and accessories, this is sure to go to a Colt collector who is yet to add one to their collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

Colt Combat Government MKIV Series 70 .45 ACP 1911 Semi-Auto Pistol 1983
Colt Combat Government MKIV Series 70 .45 ACP 1911 Semi-Auto Pistol 1983