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Old 12-30-2011, 02:56 PM
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Mark IV Series 80 Enhanced Government Model




I had an old and pretty beat up SA Loaded that was a good shooter, but I couldn't get past the non-standard squared off dust cover and grip from that period, and it just wasn't a Colt. So I put an ad on my local Backpage.com advertising my interest in a trade and within 30 minutes had this deal set-up. I threw in a little cash and it was a win-win. Two 1911 guys left the parking lot of Sportsman's Warehouse happy campers yesterday afternoon. I have not shot it yet, should get to that on Monday. I'll update the thread afterward.









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Old 12-30-2011, 03:11 PM
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You won that round! Now make sure you post a range report!
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:25 PM
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I'd take that one over a springfield anyday. Well done!
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:27 PM
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Great score!
Enhanced Colts are some of the best "dollar values" in the USED 1911 marketplace.
Well built, with undercut trigger-guards and nice barrels. They can still use a tighter bushing, and I hate those duckbill grip safetys, but all-in-all a good Colt for the money.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:28 PM
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Way to go,too pure!

Haven't seen many of these.

I have a S80 enhanced LW Oacp that has been a great shooter for many years.

Love the flat-tops!
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:13 PM
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Nice score. Looks just like mine except for the grips and trigger- mine came new with the gold cup style wraparounds and plastic trigger. Most reliable pistol I've ever had. A great workhorse.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:22 PM
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How about getting black grip screws and index them and then a flush-fitting mag?
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:54 PM
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I dunno man... That's the way it came. I do have a Colt magazine but it's in my Commander and it's blue. The rest are 47D's. I used to think the bumper looked better. I don't anymore and some flush magazines are on my want list.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:59 PM
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How about getting black grip screws and index them and then a flush-fitting mag?
Here. Just for you. Better?

Ultimately I'd like a set of grips like these walnuts but with nickel Colt medallions. I like the look of the wood on the stainless.

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Old 12-31-2011, 03:20 PM
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Nice buy! I will never part with mine!

They clean up pretty nicely too. Colt sells nice flush SS ones with the good followers.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:23 PM
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Nice. This is one pistol where I can see a lot of potential for customization. As you apparently did.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:21 PM
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Nice. This is one pistol where I can see a lot of potential for customization. As you apparently did.
I purchased mine back in the 90s new off the shelf. At that time it was the nicest 45 one could buy over the counter. Since then it has eaten a little more than 10K of rounds and even taken a black bear in self defense (Not a single miss-feed). After all that I thought it needed some new life and the Colt Custom Shop answered that pretty dang nicely!

Here are a few more pics of the work just in case you haven't seen them.


http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=326909
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:13 AM
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Love it!

Just recently I picked up a Mark IV Enhanced Combat Commander in blue, a gun I'd been looking for casually for a long time. I couldn't be happier, and I definitely agree, the enhanced IV's are good values right now.
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:48 AM
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I purchased mine back in the 90s new off the shelf. At that time it was the nicest 45 one could buy over the counter. Since then it has eaten a little more than 10K of rounds and even taken a black bear in self defense (Not a single miss-feed). After all that I thought it needed some new life and the Colt Custom Shop answered that pretty dang nicely!

Here are a few more pics of the work just in case you haven't seen them.


http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=326909
That serrated rib is awesome. One thing that is nice about finally having a stainless gun is I can get things like that done over time and not have to worry about refinishing every time.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:56 AM
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Great find! Makes me feel like I'm livin' in the '90s again! Wish she were mine!
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:02 AM
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I bought an enhanced like that, used in 2002. It had nightsights added to it, and the hogue grips. I ditched the grips finally, and had some feeding issues, as well as accuracy issues. Barrel fit loose as heck when the slide was fully closed. Changed barrel links to a slightly longer one, and it shot like a totally different gun. I like it over my Kimber Eclipse safe queen.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:11 AM
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1992 1st year Enhanced. I like mine too.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:41 PM
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Made it to the range today. Very accurate pistol. Made me look good! On the downside, I had a lot of FTF. I'm gonna start a thread with pics of the jam and the ramp/barrel in the GS forum and get it running with help. I knew that Colts from this period are hit or miss so I was ready for the possibility that it was a jam-o-matic. Plus I had my wonderful Commander with me to finish out the session.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:49 PM
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1992 1st year Enhanced. I like mine too.
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If you ever change grips, whatcha gonna do with the tattoo????
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:51 PM
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I change them on another one of my 1911s.
I leave the Colt like this.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:32 PM
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i got a blue one - i love it. My favorite 1911. I was always surprised that Colt would bother putting those wraparound grips on a pistol that they had an "Enhanced Cut" under trigger guard - there is a slight interference...you solved the problem the same way I did: Wooden Grips - Double Diamonds
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:30 AM
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I saw Colt enhanced just like the Op's just yesterday in a friends safe. It was his brother's and 'may' be interested in selling, but neither of us have an idea of price. A quick search of the auction sites revealed nothing of interest so I thought I'd check here when I ran into this thread. VG condition, been shot, light handling (idiot) mark, no box/papers.

What are your thoughts regarding value? I realize this is somewhat subject by region. Thanks for your help!!
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:35 AM
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Made it to the range today. Very accurate pistol. Made me look good! On the downside, I had a lot of FTF. I'm gonna start a thread with pics of the jam and the ramp/barrel in the GS forum and get it running with help. I knew that Colts from this period are hit or miss so I was ready for the possibility that it was a jam-o-matic. Plus I had my wonderful Commander with me to finish out the session.
Just get a new extractor and have it tuned. Change the recoil spring to a Wolff 18.5 lb. unit while you're at it, and you should be good to go.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:42 AM
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I saw Colt enhanced just like the Op's just yesterday in a friends safe. It was his brother's and 'may' be interested in selling, but neither of us have an idea of price. A quick search of the auction sites revealed nothing of interest so I thought I'd check here when I ran into this thread. VG condition, been shot, light handling (idiot) mark, no box/papers.

What are your thoughts regarding value? I realize this is somewhat subject by region. Thanks for your help!!
Around here it'd be around $700-$750.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:45 PM
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Welcome and Congratulations, Nice enhanced COLT.

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