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Hey folks. I have a Para Arms P14 and love it, but I would like another 1911 that has a more...classic look to it. As in no polymer and such. I would prefer a Colt Series 70, but I can't find any. Any recommendations for a classic looking 1911 that is somewhat easy to find? Thanks.
 

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I can tell you about mine...

It's a Springfield Armory Mil-Spec, with Wilson Combat Trigger, Hammer, Beaver tail safety, Full length guide rod, and some G10 grips I found on e-bay.
-- O yeah - and night sights.


I've put 600 rounds through it, and had ZERO malfunctions. I had all the work done to it at about 250 rounds to make sure they got broken in as well.

It has a nice classic look, but has a few modern improvements and my mods give me that "my gun" feeling.

I'm about $1100 into it in total. (And I get compliments from all the "old school" guys who work at the ranges.)



Check um out.
 

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The Colt Series 70's are in demand by pistoleros, because of the ease of doing trigger jobs on them (from what I understand). Go for the Colt Series 80 Model, they are the same except for some added safety features (which apparently made it difficult to customize) .
 

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Here are some auction websites (below) that you might find interesting and allow you to score your 70’s model that you want. A few of my friends have found some very affordable opportunities as the economy is on the downside; perhaps less bidders to drive the bids up? I hope you find what you require.
I love my Cold Government…

http://www.ebang.com/
http://www.gregmartinauctions.com/default.aspx
http://www.jcdevine.com/
http://www.armsbid.com/
http://higgenbotham.com/detail/?auctionid=1531
http://www.governmentauctions.org/labels/riflescopes.asp
http://rush2arms.com/index.php
http://www.sohnandassociates.com/Up...&group=0&state=&kwd=&zip=&category=0&nojava=0
http://www.i-5auctions.com/home.asp

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Retro: Springfield GI Mil-Spec (WWII model basically)
User/buyer friendly: Springfield Mil-Spec

Colt Government 1911 or 1991 model (80's series, plain finish)

The 80's series Colt's are good guns, the 80's series parts aren't as bad as some would make them out. I'm carrying one right now and they are quite livable. Just remember that you won't have a crisp, 3.5lb trigger pull with one without a lot of work. But a clean 5lb pull, yes.
 

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I can tell you about mine...

It's a Springfield Armory Mil-Spec, with Wilson Combat Trigger, Hammer, Beaver tail safety, Full length guide rod, and some G10 grips I found on e-bay.
-- O yeah - and night sights.


I've put 600 rounds through it, and had ZERO malfunctions. I had all the work done to it at about 250 rounds to make sure they got broken in as well.

It has a nice classic look, but has a few modern improvements and my mods give me that "my gun" feeling.

I'm about $1100 into it in total. (And I get compliments from all the "old school" guys who work at the ranges.)



Check um out.
Also, as I've never really customized a gun before, why did you choose to go with those modifications?
 

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Gone Galt
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Also, as I've never really customized a gun before, why did you choose to go with those modifications?
The trigger and hammer to improve the action (looks as well)

The beaver tail safety because you need it to fit the hammer

Full length guide rod to smooth the slide and accuracy

G10 grips for durability and good grip (looks as well)

Night sights - because every single weapon you have needs night sights


-- It was about $350 total at the shop and the smithy did all the work
 

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The Future Is Now
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Retro: Springfield GI Mil-Spec (WWII model basically)
User/buyer friendly: Springfield Mil-Spec

Colt Government 1911 or 1991 model (80's series, plain finish)

The 80's series Colt's are good guns, the 80's series parts aren't as bad as some would make them out. I'm carrying one right now and they are quite livable. Just remember that you won't have a crisp, 3.5lb trigger pull with one without a lot of work. But a clean 5lb pull, yes.
Colt 1911 Series 80 is an underrated gun; many purists prefer the Series 70 because of the traditional trigger without the safety pin, but the 80 is a class act. Great look and feel and priced right, but hard to find.
 

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Thanks for all the help! On an unrelated note (although not completely, they look similar), anyone evr used one of the Mk III Hi-Powers?
I've had several.
Of the Hi-Power's the MkIII's are the best of the bunch.
Stronger frame and slide, improved extractor, useable thumb safeties (though still spongy) and decent sights out of the box? Great gun if you like the GP-35 platform.

My personal preference is for the .40 MkIII and retrofit a 9mm barrel from Cylinder and Slide. That way you have a 9mm HP that can handle any 9mm load out there.

Just remember that the Hi-Power isn't built for a steady diet of +p or +p+ ammo out of the box.

For more information go over to Hi-Power's and Handguns and read up on them.
 

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so u want a bone stock ''GI'' type 1911, well then look no further than a RIA/sarco 1911, i got a frame and slide kit and we built it using all wilson parts, mine isnt in ''gi'' form but u can do whatever.
 

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No longer legal to import, and not the easiest to find, but I think a Norinco is one of the best bargains going. I found one a month or so back with two boxes of factory ammo and a half-dozen magazines for $400. All forged steel, no MIM, and I understand that just about all parts for the original 1911A1 pistols will interchange. I have seen three or four of them on my local S&S in the last year or so. They do come along every now and then. I have two now, and they have served me very well.
 
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