SOLD FOR: $2025
Model: MK IV Series 80 Officer’s ACP, Enhanced
Serial Number: SF11449E
Year of Manufacture: 1995 (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 “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 an “A” and the verified Proof. The right trigger guard bow has an “M”. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO-“.
Barrel Length: 3 1/2?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a recessed white dot, fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two recessed white dots dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece checkered black rubber wraparound with silver-colored Colt medallions. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. 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.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The balance is mostly in spots of light scuffing on the right slide flat. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide to frame fit shows little 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 in a blue plastic Colt case with a total of two stainless 6-round Colt magazines and an assortment of factory paperwork including 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 a later example, produced in 1995 and is in Fine-plus condition with 97% of its factory Brite Stainless finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. In addition to being a Bright Stainless gun, it is also an Enhanced model with beavertail grip safety, skeletonized hammer, and under-cut trigger guard. With its shorter barrel and frame, this pistol brings more concealability to the classic 1911 design and with its 6-round magazines, 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 high condition Colt and collectors may be interested in adding this one to their stable. Please see our photos and good luck!