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Price Check: Colt Series 80 MK IV - gently used

This is a discussion on Price Check: Colt Series 80 MK IV - gently used within the M1911 forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; Originally Posted by Brickboy240 Thats a really sweet looking Colt! I love the old school Colts like that....they're classics and will always fetch a good ...

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Old 04-07-2010, 10:23 AM   #11
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Thats a really sweet looking Colt!

I love the old school Colts like that....they're classics and will always fetch a good price, if you ever sell it. Chances are...after you shoot it...you will NOT sell it. I know my two Colts are the LAST PISTOLS I would ever sell.

The model you show is one of the "enhanced" versions from the early to mid 90s. The enhanced features were the flat top slide, skeletonized hammer, beavertail safety and the slanted slide serrations. Some came with ugly wrap around black rubber grips with the Colt ponies but yours has the nicer cocobolo checkered grips. I have those same grips on my Combat Commander and they look really classy on the bright guns.

Enjoy it....man...if I ever came across one like that at that price...it would be coming home with me in a second.

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PS: also...don't let anyone tell you that you cannot get as good of a trigger pull on a Series 80 Colt as you can a Series 70. A good smith can make the Series 80 Colt have a great trigger pull that you will love.
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You have a very sharp eye, my friend.

That Mk IV was manufactured in 1993, and the trigger pull is pretty darn good as is... It did come with the wrap-around rubber grips but one of the first things I did was replace them with the medallioned cocobolo wood that you see... just adds "class" to a fine hand gun, and feels great in hand to boot!

And you are right... this would be one of the last hand guns I would sell, if it ever came down to selling out of financial desperation.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:16 PM   #12
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Yep...I have two older Colts and have owned many Colt 1911s over the years. Like Mausers....you could say I have a "thang" for the classic Colt 1911.

I grew up, shooting Dad's issue M1911A1. Dad was an MP and carried one every day in that white flap holster and we got to shoot it on the weekends. There is just something familiar about the basic 1911 for me...ant it always will be comforting.

Those enhanced models were phased out in the mid to late 90s, so they might become collectibles later on. I know my satin nickle Combat Commander was nothing special when it was made but these days, collectors pay more for a Combat Commander that is stain nickle, because they did not make them for many years.

If you can stand it, I'd try to keep it as original as possible. At least don't do anything that is permanent. Maybe slick up the internals to give it a better trigger pull and call it good.

You'll probably be amazed at how well it shoots. A good Colt like that is usually very accurate. I know my two Colts are very accurate. A very well made pistol, too with no MIM parts...old school quality.

Don't be surprised if they multiply and you find it hard to buy other 1911s later on. Besides my two Colts, I have a Springer Gi and Kimber TLE but truth be known....there is a sweet stainless Colt Series 70 repro in a shop nearby and I am trying to find a reason NOT to trade my TLE for it! Its a disease...I tell you! LOL

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Old 04-07-2010, 01:52 PM   #13
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...Don't be surprised if they multiply and you find it hard to buy other 1911s later on. Besides my two Colts, I have a Springer Gi and Kimber TLE but truth be known....there is a sweet stainless Colt Series 70 repro in a shop nearby and I am trying to find a reason NOT to trade my TLE for it! Its a disease...I tell you! LOL

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Oh, I know about their reproducing!!!!

At the moment I have:
- the aforementioned Colt Mk IV Series 80 (mfg 1993)
- Colt Commander LW (mfg 1981)
- Dan Wesson Pointman 7 (recent manufacture)
- Taurus PT1911AR SS (recent manufacture)
And the prize of this small collection:
- An Ithaca M1911A1 all original/all matching (mfg 1943) about 90% and in great operating shape.

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That's a great gun, I suddenly find I'm drooling!
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No kidding!

The decision to buy that Series 80 Colt at 600 bucks would take me MAYBE 5 seconds on a bad day. Just long enough to get the wallet out and hand them my drivers license for the BATF form! LOL

Man...where ARE those deals when I am looking? A Colt 1911 at that price has a shelf life of about 5 minutes in this area.....seriously!

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I just bought a used Colt MK IV series 80 "Officers" model in .45 ACP .

It's all nickle and for a 25 year old gun is in great shape.

It has wooden grips and someone added a ambi safety (which I need) to it.

We took it completely apart in the store & wiped it down (it was already cleaned) and lubed the slide & rails.



I bought it for $510.

It only has one mag & no box or papers.

I can't wait to shoot it this weekend.



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I just bought a used Colt MK IV series 80 "Officers" model in .45 ACP .

It's all nickle and for a 25 year old gun is in great shape.

It has wooden grips and someone added a ambi safety (which I need) to it.

We took it completely apart in the store & wiped it down (it was already cleaned) and lubed the slide & rails.

I bought it for $510.

It only has one mag & no box or papers.

I can't wait to shoot it this weekend.

I'll post a picture later.



$510!!! You got a sensational deal... no doubt about that! The only downside to a nickel 1911 (and I really like how they look) is that the nickel finish looks "dirty" after shooting.... "dirtier" than a blued or Parkerized finish would look.... not that there's anything wrong with that
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I bought it for $510.

It only has one mag & no box or papers.

I can't wait to shoot it this weekend.

$510?!?! Are you friggin' kidding me!!! Pardon my crudeness, and you can blame R. Lee Emery for this, but "Did you at least have the courtesy to give the guy a reach-a-round?"
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$510?!?! Are you friggin' kidding me!!! Pardon my crudeness, and you can blame R. Lee Emery for this, but "Did you at least have the courtesy to give the guy a reach-a-round?"
I'm not real bright, but even I knew that was a good deal

Buy the way it had a $699 price tag on it.

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