SOLD FOR: $2800
Model: Government Model Competition Series 70, O1073CCS
Serial Number: 38SCC3960
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 2017-2020
Caliber: .38 Super
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “GOVERNMENT / -MODEL-“, “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / .38 SUPER” and with a rampant colt logo, the right is marked “COMPETITION SERIES”. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and with the serial number. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT SUPER .38 AUTO N.M.-“. The left of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in a triangle and “L”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a red fiber-optic insert dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a Novak square notch adjustable for elevation, dovetailed and screw-set to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered blue and black G10 panels with Colt logos in the middle and smooth diamonds around the grip screws. The top diamond on the left panel is interrupted by a thumb-groove at the magazine release. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few little rubs and faint scuffs. There is minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol has a tight slide and a crisp trigger. This pistol was not made with a firing pin block safety. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories:
-Blue plastic Colt box with serial-matching label
-One 8-round Colt magazine
Our Assessment: Colt’s 1911 served the United States military through two World Wars and several other conflicts, is still in use by some units today, and has become popular with law enforcement, competitors, and recreational shooters across the nation. The design has seen some updates including a firing-pin block safety, higher profile sights, and more ergonomic grips, but the basic design and fantastic trigger remain the same after more than a century. This example is a stainless steel Competition Series model chambered for the .38 Super cartridge, able to hold eight rounds in its single stack magazine. Originally developed in the 1920s, the cartridge allowed a 1911 to have a greater magazine capacity while firing a smaller caliber, higher velocity projectile. It was popular with law enforcement for its ability to penetrate car bodies and saw a resurgence in popularity due to IPSC and USPSA where it was able to “make major” while having higher capacity than comparable .40 or .45 caliber pistols. While marketed as a Series ’70, this pistol has a standard bushing, not a collet style bushing, though it does not have the Series ’80 firing pin block. The Competition Series has upgraded sights, beavertail grip safety, skeletonized hammer and trigger, and an under-cut trigger guard. This example is in Excellent condition, appearing to have seen more time in its case than out. The pistol comes in its original box with a single magazine and manual. If you’re looking for your first 1911 or your last, this would be a good pony to add to the stable. Please see our photos and good luck!