SOLD FOR: $1716
Model: Mark IV Series ‘70, Government Model 1911
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber/Gauge: .45 ACP
Action Type: Semi-Automatic Single Action Pistol with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S MK IV/SERIES ‘70 / GOVERNMENT MODEL / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER”, and features an adjacent Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT’S GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT PT.F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and features the serial number “76994B70”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “A” and with the “VP” proof while the right side is marked “2”. The top of the chamber is marked “COLT .45 AUTO / MK.IV/SERIES ’70”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a blade with a ramped serrated rear face that is fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch that is dovetailed to the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The grip is a Colt branded checkered black rubber Pachmayr grip that wraps around the front strap and has gold colored Colt medallions. There are light handling marks, there are no rips or tears. Overall the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: E-Nickel
Finish Originality: The finish is Original, some of the parts are not original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no in the bore.
Overall Condition: The pistol retains about 98% of its finish. The safeties, trigger, slide stop, trigger, barrel bushing, and recoil spring plug have been replaced with blued components. There are a few scattered light handling marks. There is a bit of light operational wear. The markings are clear. The grip screws are lightly worn. Overall this pistol is in Excellent condition as custom.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: One 7-round Colt magazine is included.
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. Due to its popularity and long life, the 1911 has also been a popular choice for custom pistols, with a wide variety of sights, barrels, parts, and popular modifications. This example is a Commercial Government Model made in 1981. 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. This one looks great and has harlfy any wear, it will make a great shooter but is also a nice old pony to pass down through the generations. Please see our photos and good luck!