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Old 03-01-2011, 12:22 AM
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What is the best Colt 1911 ever made and why?




Well, I guess I would have to say the guns made just prior to WWI. I don't think the quality and craftsmanship was ever any better and I don't think the A1 was a real improvement. It fought through 4 wars and numerous smaller engagements and was part of the U.S. inventory longer than any other weapon except for the M2 .50 cal. machinegun. Personally, I think it was the greatest handgun ever made. Browning really did it right!

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Old 03-01-2011, 12:29 AM
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The new guns are the best guns yet. The through hardness of the metals and the ability to consistantly duplicatable tolerance levels make the new guns more interchangeable parts wise and the sights eta add to better shootability.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:37 AM
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The new ones are impressive. No single one; in fact having a choice of sizes and finishes is great plus the fact they do make the new 70 series and made the WWI repros. It is a great time to be alive if you love them.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:44 AM
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Please define new. Is that Colts made in the last 10, 20 or 30 years?
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:06 AM
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Please define new. Is that Colts made in the last 10, 20 or 30 years?
Nobody asked me, but... I think "New" should = That which is currently available from Colt's 2011 catalog.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:23 AM
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The ones Colt is currently producing are the best they've made in the last 40 years. The early pre-WW2 commercials of course had the most beautiful finish, but they were made before modern heat treating methods were introduced so they're not as durable as new pistols. I'd say the best overall were the pre-Series 70 models made from 1950-1970, which incorporated modern heat treating and metallurgy yet still had nothing but machined steel parts throughout, no cast or MIM.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:59 AM
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I'd have to agree with DSK, some of the pre-Series 70 National Match guns I've seen were simply stunning. However, the early Series 70 are quite beautiful as well. There's a couple in my collection I wouldn't ever consider selling from the collection.

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Old 03-01-2011, 11:07 AM
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Different perspective

Mine is the best, because it is mine.

I trust my life with it.

Enough said.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:32 AM
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Mine is the best, because it is mine.

I trust my life with it.

Enough said.
I tend to agree; but then again, I have a 2010 Lightweight Government.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:22 PM
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The ones Colt is currently producing are the best they've made in the last 40 years.
I believe this to be correct. I love (and own) a few nice old pieces. The new ones are better made.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:38 PM
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The best colt 1911 ever made is the one of several you own that you admire the most. I would tend to agree it would be of the more recent variety.
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:06 PM
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The one I would want to just "have" would be a pre-war National Match. The most beautiful of them all, and with decent sights. As for a gun to shoot, if it were going to have to stay stock, I'd go for a new Special Combat Gov't Model. As the basis for a dream gun, I'd pick either the current Series 80, or a post-war, pre-Series 70.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:00 PM
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1979 Series 70 MkIV

1979 Series 70 Mk IV,
Best one ever made. Can be improved, but doesn't need to be.
Shoots and kills just fine the way Colt sold it.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:45 PM
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I really like my 01918 WWI Repro.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:34 PM
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I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my stainless Delta Elite from Chuck, so for giggles I voted the 10mm.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:44 PM
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The pre-WWII commercial guns. Just love those. Hell, I love them all when you get right down to it. Never had a bad Colt just some better than others.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:42 PM
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I do not believe there is any single "best" Colt. I have a couple dozen Colts mostly SAAs and 1911s and Govt models. All are my current favorites. In age the oldest is an 1891 SAA, a 1918 1911, a 1921 Govt, and all the rest were made in the last 40 years, but most are within 20 years old.

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Old 03-01-2011, 11:22 PM
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WOW!! My early Delta Elite 10. No, my 38Super S70 Commander. No, my S70 GC. No, my S70 Commander ... or my S80 5" ... in 9mm. No, my purty Hard Chrome S70 Commander. No, my Tank Officers cause it is few and far between. No, my 1916 1911! Heck, guess I'll just go shoot one of my Pythons! Or, King Cobra.

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