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Old 02-07-2020, 08:46 PM
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And there are some us who prefer originality.
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:41 PM
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While I agree that the 1950s-60s plastic grips look ugly, to me a pre-70 Colt has to have those grips on them because they look like they belong there. I'm just too used to looking at my dad's 1966 Gov't for over 30 years with those grips on them. After he passed away and I got the pistol I tried it with some plain walnut, then some medallion grips, but the pistol just didn't look right without the original poop-brown plastic ones so I had to switch it back.
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Old 02-08-2020, 05:30 AM
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I agree with dsk. There’s nothing ugly about the original plastic grips on a pre 70 series Colt. My 1966 5” 38 Super just looks perfect, at least to me.

I also believe 70 series Colts should have the original checkered walnut grips w/ Colt medalians. Somethings are better left alone. Less is More.
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Old 02-08-2020, 08:40 AM
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Would a 69's slide be serial #d. Found a nice one but the slide and frame are different shades of blue at least it looks iike it in the picture. I was just wondering if its a mis matched slide and frame. Grips have shrunk up and their asking $1200 out the door for the gun. Just don't want to get a yard sale special and I'm not very knowledgeable yet. Thanks
Above is the OPs initial post. Subsequent discussion centered on coloration variations and the dreaded "shrinkage"
I don't believe I've shown either of these two pistols. One is a 1969 National Match with striking coloration differences and the other is a relatively early production 1969 Government Model, no color differences and decent OEM brown stocks. Both pistols are original and reflect Colt's sloppy quality control of the late 60s Worth noting is the pristine slide roll marks on the Government Model yet the serial number appears crudely applied.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:00 AM
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'I also believe 70 series Colts should have the original checkered walnut grips w/ Colt medalians.'

Now that we can agree on! My 1953 is refinished in a non-original way so I don't mind playing with grips. My MKIV/Series'70 is original and is my favorite 1911.
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Old 02-08-2020, 10:09 AM
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Still sounds like a good buy. I just paid 2k for a 69 GCNM mint full set.

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Old 02-08-2020, 10:19 PM
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And there are some us who prefer originality.
Me, I've bought 2 sets in the past 6 months, both still fit on pistols, sadly one has a small piece chipped off a corner

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Old 02-08-2020, 10:46 PM
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1969 Colt Question

I paid $1800 for my 1969. Never thought twice about what I paid. Very happy itís in my stable.




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Old 02-08-2020, 11:05 PM
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Now that's a wallpaper-worthy pic right there.

As happy as I am that Colt finally brought back those rollmarks, without the high-polish flats as well it just ain't the same.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:11 PM
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Wow , that is beautiful .

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