SOLD FOR: $1528.89
Model: 1911, Mark IV Series ‘70, Government Model
Year of Manufacture: 1978 (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 “69779G70”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “P” and with the “VP” proof while the right side is marked “B”. 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 one-piece checkered black rubber Pachmayr wraparound grip. The grip has only a few scattered minor marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grip is in Fine-Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Please note: The top-right grip screw is seized in its bushing. Turning the screw head turns the bushing in its frame. The bushing and frame threads are intact.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: The pistol retains about 97% of its finish. There are some scattered minor scuffs and faint scratches, mostly not through the finish. The most notable wear is on the left-front of the slide below the flat. There is a light “idiot mark” on the left of the frame below the slide stop. The action shows minor operational wear. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The top-right grip screw is seized in its bushing. Turning the screw head turns the bushing in its frame. The bushing and frame threads are intact. The markings are clear. Overall this pistol is in Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has minor play to the frame. The trigger is crisp. The top-right grip screw is seized in its bushing. Turning the screw head turns the bushing in its frame. The bushing and frame threads are intact. 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 during a period when some of their finest work was produced. The factory was full of WWII vets in the late 1960’s and 1970’s and the guns showed the dedication and work ethic of this generation. This is a Colt MK IV Series ’70 Government Model from 1978. 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 nickel model looks sharp and will be a great addition to your collection, especially with its box. Please see our photos and good luck!