SOLD FOR: $1726
Model: MK IV Series 80 Government Model Enhanced, O1071E
Serial Number: SS08329E
Year of Manufacture: 1994 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The left side of the slide is marked “COLT MK IV / –SERIES 80–” followed by a rampant colt. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / SS08329E”. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO-“. The left of the trigger guard is marked with the “VP” proof and “5”, the right has an incomplete inspection mark.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade with a recessed white dot and is fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two recessed white dots and is dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece wrap-around checkered black rubber grip with silver rampant colt medallions. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grip is in 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 in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered minor scuffs and tiny scratches. 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. The slide-to-frame fit has hardly any play. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a blue plastic case with a cardboard sleeve which has a serial-matching label, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual, and a pair of 8-round Colt magazines.
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 Government Model Series 80 Enhanced variant with beavertail grip safety, under-cut trigger guard, skeletonized hammer and wraparound checkered rubber grip. It is a beautiful example with a factory Brite Stainless finish. The pistol is in Excellent condition with the only notable wear appearing to be from storage in the included original box. It should make a great shooter, but its high condition will also make it a great addition to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!