SOLD FOR: $2525
Model: MK IV Series 80 Officer’s ACP
Serial Number: FA34151
Year of Manufacture: circa 1985 – 1997
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 the “VP” and the verified proof. The right trigger guard bow has a “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 single 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 grips are two-piece checkered wood with gold medallions on either side. There are some scattered light marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with well defined rifling. There is some mild erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore is an 8 or 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, just a few light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This handgun comes with a serial-matched maroon Colt cardboard box, instruction manual with factory handouts and one (1) 6-round magazine with intact feed lips and strong follower spring.
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. 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 in your bidding! J. Ren