View Full Version : Colt MK IV series 70

08-17-2012, 8:43 PM
I have a chance of either buying or selling my dads colt mk iv series 70 from/for him. Any thoughts on this model of 1911? It is from the early 80s.

Is it a nice one to have, or better to sell it for my father and get something more modern. Basically is it a "they dont make em like that anymore" or a "they are much better now". Its in really good condition other than a scratch along where it slides.

08-17-2012, 8:50 PM
I regret not jumping on my friend's uncle's series 70 when he offered to sell it to me about 20 years ago years ago when Colt started offering their 1991A1 which at that time really felt and sounded like junk (my college roommate happened to buy the 1991A1).

I would hold on to it and not do a darn thing to it besides maintain it. But that's just me.

08-17-2012, 9:03 PM

08-17-2012, 9:11 PM
Buy it and keep it....What caliber is it??

63 tango
08-17-2012, 9:26 PM
Don't sell it. You'll regret it.

08-17-2012, 9:26 PM
Buy it and keep it....What caliber is it??

Its a .45

Thanks for giving me the answer Im pretty sure I wanted to hear so far everyone. :D

08-17-2012, 9:50 PM
Whatever you'd replace it with grow on trees. Series 70 Colts do not.

08-17-2012, 9:51 PM
It's your dads keep it....forever!

Press Check
08-17-2012, 10:01 PM
Buy it, don't sell it. Give it to your son later on.

08-17-2012, 10:19 PM
Yes, keep it forever. Pass it down in the family. Its an irreplaceable gun that you will regret selling if you ever do. Unless you sell it to me that is :43: lol

08-17-2012, 10:26 PM
i have one....keep/buy it, whatever. do not let it escape.

08-17-2012, 11:06 PM
Don't get me wrong, my dad left me many guns and I sold one last year. It kind of bummed me but I'm over it; it wasn't a special gun and to me Colts are kind of special so its easy for me to say buy it from your dad, tuck it away and never let it go. I have several of those from my dad and cherish them even if I don' shoot them (a few I don't). I even bought a dupe of one of my dads so I could shoot the dupe and not shoot his; my dad is gone now 3 years, miss him still every day, we were really close and having his firearms means a bunch to me.

08-18-2012, 5:19 AM
All these guys are soooo wrong!

The best and only option you really have is to sell it to ME! :D

Oh, wait a minute maybe I'm wrong. :cool:

08-18-2012, 6:06 AM
"Split the Baby"

Buy the colt yourself and spend a little on upgrades.

My father left me a Commander 70. I had trouble with "snakebite" so I installed a "drop in" extended beaver-tail, put an adjustable long trigger in it and stoned the channel the trigger bow rides in. I've saved all the old pieces in case I want to change it back - which I doubt.

My youngest son is thinking about shooting it in IDPA (he hates the tiny sights) so I told him I'll get better sights installed - if he wants to shoot CDP class in IDPA.

The point is you can have your cake and eat it to, keep a piece of family history and have a pistol you like to shoot.

08-18-2012, 11:58 AM
Series 70s Colts are considered to be one of the best blank canvasses for customization.

I'd keep it.

08-18-2012, 1:18 PM
Thanks everyone for the advice. Im going to keep it and enjoy it. I dont think i can resist playing with it so it will be going to the range with me occasionally. My girls should be growing out of ( or bored of) their .22 soon and maybe they will enjoy it too.

08-18-2012, 6:26 PM
I would keep the Colt with out reservation.

08-18-2012, 7:07 PM
I would buy your dad's Colt, and then look at what different upgrades the Colt Custom Shop can do for you!

08-19-2012, 4:30 PM
Check out louderthanwords.us

Some of the best 1911 smiths in the world posting their work, a good portion of their base guns being Colt Series 70 1911s

08-19-2012, 5:00 PM
I would buy it and hold it!

08-19-2012, 6:15 PM
Check out louderthanwords.us

Some of the best 1911 smiths in the world posting their work, a good portion of their base guns being Colt Series 70 1911s

Wow thats good stuff thanks for the link.

08-26-2012, 7:32 AM
What are these going for now?

08-26-2012, 8:20 AM
What are these going for now?

Here's what sold in the last 60 days on GB


08-26-2012, 12:00 PM
Keep it and take it to the range. Hopefully you can pass it along to one of your kids in the future. If you do decide to sell it, keep it as is. An untouched Series 70 Colt will retain more value than the value that is added it to it by extra work. You'll also have more potential buyers.

08-26-2012, 12:17 PM
Keep it forever.