SOLD FOR: $2150
Model: MK IV Series 80 Officer’s ACP
Serial Number: SF16105
Year of Manufacture: 1986 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Auto, Detachable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT MK IV / -SERIES 80-” with the Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT 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 “G” and the “VP” and the verified proof. The right trigger guard bow has a “L”. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO“. The firing pin plate is marked “1” and the hammer is marked “S”.
Barrel Length: 3 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a recessed white dot and is fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two recessed white dots and is dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood with gold rampant colt medallions on either side. There are a few scattered light handling marks, no major defects. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Bright Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few light handling marks and draglines. There is light operational wear. The screwheads are lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are clear. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide to frame fit shows light 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 6-round magazine, serial matching box, and paperwork including the manual.
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 the mid-’80s. This is an early example, produced in 1986 and is in about Excellent condition with 98% of its finish, a bright bore and strong mechanics. With its shorter barrel and frame, this pistol brings more concealability to the classic 1911 design and with its 6-round magazine, it doesn’t even compromise too much on capacity vs. a full size. As great of a carry gun as this is, it’s also a Colt and collectors may be interested in adding this one to their stable. Please see our photos and good luck!