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MA5177
05-07-2011, 3:53 PM
A friend has a very clean MK IV series 70 1911 ser # G70907** that he wants to sell. A couple small idiot marks but other than that very clean, any idea what it is worth or how old it is? Thanks in advance, Mike

cheetah45
05-07-2011, 3:55 PM
Confirming .45 caliber?

MA5177
05-07-2011, 4:07 PM
Confirming .45 caliber?

yes

Ripon83
05-07-2011, 4:39 PM
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=227473169

Compare to this auction and see what you think. I was going to say 750 low to 1000 hi.

MA5177
05-07-2011, 4:42 PM
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=227473169

Compare to this auction and see what you think. I was going to say 750 low to 1000 hi.

Thank you

Ripon83
05-07-2011, 5:23 PM
Also if I read what you posted about the serial number right and I'm reading Proofhouse.com right the SN suggests 1974 production.

http://www.proofhouse.com


A friend has a very clean MK IV series 70 1911 ser # G70907** that he wants to sell. A couple small idiot marks but other than that very clean, any idea what it is worth or how old it is? Thanks in advance, Mike

MA5177
05-07-2011, 10:29 PM
Also if I read what you posted about the serial number right and I'm reading Proofhouse.com right the SN suggests 1974 production.

http://www.proofhouse.com

Was just over my friends house and used you link, actually a 1976 after checking serial# . Thank you!

1911Luvr
05-08-2011, 11:03 AM
Series 70s are kind of funny when trying to put a value on them. I've seen them go for as little as $500 to $1400+ depending on condition, caliber, box condition (if even included), etc. It boils down to how badly you want it and whether you are willing to pay the asking price. Not long ago I over paid for a good condition series 70 because at the time I just had to have it and didn't care that I could save a couple hundred bucks by being patient. I am totally fine with this since I was planning a custom build from it and a couple hundred bucks added to the cost of a full custom project is really nothing in the grand scheme of things. That said, if you are buying it for the mystique of having a Series 70 or as a collectible, then you may want to do some more homework in checking values for comparable guns. Be forewarned though, California Series 70s skew the price curve because they are harder to come by in this anit-gun state. In the end if you can justify the purchase price to yourself then buy it and don't look back.

MA5177
05-08-2011, 11:19 AM
Series 70s are kind of funny when trying to put a value on them. I've seen them go for as little as $500 to $1400+ depending on condition, caliber, box condition (if even included), etc. It boils down to how badly you want it and whether you are willing to pay the asking price. Not long ago I over paid for a good condition series 70 because at the time I just had to have it and didn't care that I could save a couple hundred bucks by being patient. I am totally fine with this since I was planning a custom build from it and a couple hundred bucks added to the cost of a full custom project is really nothing in the grand scheme of things. That said, if you are buying it for the mystique of having a Series 70 or as a collectible, then you may want to do some more homework in checking values for comparable guns. Be forewarned though, California Series 70s skew the price curve because they are harder to come by in this anit-gun state. In the end if you can justify the purchase price to yourself then buy it and don't look back.


What makes the series 70 more desirable than the 80? Firing pin block? or over all quality? Age?

1911Luvr
05-08-2011, 11:12 PM
What makes the series 70 more desirable than the 80? Firing pin block? or over all quality? Age?

Most notably the lack of the firing pin block found on the series 80 that should have never been added. That said, true aficionados will tell you the quality of the guns built by Colt before the Series 80s came out were MUCH better than any since, especially the crap they have been putting out in the more recent years. I'm ashamed to say I put a new Colt 1911 next to a new RIA 1911 at a gunshop a few weeks back, and the Rock Island had a better fit and finish than the Colt.