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Old 02-19-2010, 03:35 PM
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When did Colt make a nickel plated 1911 last?




I have not seen any in years, but I want one. Will I have to go with a used Series 70 to get an factory nickel Colt 1911?
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:54 PM
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I have not seen any in years, but I want one. Will I have to go with a used Series 70 to get an factory nickel Colt 1911?
Unless you find one NIB, yes. You could buy a new S70 re-pro and have it plated but I would go for Hard Chrome which is better but with a VERY similar look.
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:04 PM
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1911luver, PM me,Nick
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:32 PM
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If you want a factory nickel Colt, simply order one through the Colt Custom Shop.
They offer bright nickel as a Custom Shop finish.

OR, buy a blued gun you like and send it in to Colt for a re-finish in bright nickel.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:41 PM
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Colt made a handful of nickel guns when they introduced the Series 80 models. Stainless was still a couple years away, so they continued building nickel GMs, Commanders, and even Officer's in small amounts. I don't think they were hot sellers at the time, so production was fairly low, making them 'somewhat' rare.
There is a nickel Officer's on Gunbroker right now. It is kinda worn, so it may go fairly cheap.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:48 PM
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May I recommend the O2071ELC2? Bright polished stainless. Looks
like nickel.

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Old 02-19-2010, 09:51 PM
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Here ya go:

http://www.ozarkguns.com/pistols/colt/colt_38_super.htm


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Old 02-19-2010, 10:04 PM
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They still make one model in (part) nickel. The O1980CM is high-polish blue over nickel. I know it's not exactly what you want, but they still do offer at least one gun with a nickel frame.
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:29 PM
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Polished SS probably killed it off as it has a similar look. Below on a Ruger .45 which I put black perl grips on:



I would rather have polished SS myself. I saw too many pitted old nickle plated guns when I was a kid.
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Old 02-20-2010, 01:42 PM
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Made in mid '80's, Bright Nickel finish one of five hundred.

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Old 02-21-2010, 07:28 AM
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1911lover,If you pm me as suggested above I may be able to help.BTW: I have been told many times in the past that nickel plating changes the dimentions of the parts and it is not generally a good idea to nickel a blued gun.I know many have done it but the only ones I remember were less than satisfactory.Just my .02. Regards, Nick
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:17 PM
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Polished Stanless Steel is so much nicer.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:53 PM
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Nickel was offered as standard thru 1984. Stainless essentially replaced it for 1985, but as noted, you can still get a nickeled Colt if you want one.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:05 AM
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I have been looking for information about a nickel plated commander for years. I purchased the colt in 1986 and it only has 10 shots through it.

A local gun dealer search through his books last fall and couldn't find the combination of colt combat commander, series 80, and bright nickel.

If there were only 500 made as mentioned above does the gun have a collector value? I think it is a very nice looking handgun compared to stainless guns I own.

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Old 03-03-2010, 01:24 AM
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I'd be wary of nickel. I have a nickel Python. Sure they look great. But they scratch very easily and nickel is a finish, can't be polished safely. I'd go for an Ultra Bright Stainless, think that's what it's called. A Custom Shop polishing job. Looks great and it's Stainless Steel. Can be polished.
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