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Old 12-18-2019, 08:29 AM
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Introducing the new 🔥Nighthawk Custom Colt Series 70🔥offers several functional and aesthetic upgrades to a timeless classic. We have taken the Colt 1911 Classic model and given it an overhaul. An all-new trigger system has been installed with a match grade solid short trigger, fully machined disconnector, sear, hammer strut, and pin. The rear sight has been replaced with a Harrison Design retro while the front sight features a Nighthawk Custom 14k solid gold bead. The Colt Series 70 has been outfitted with a retro hammer, Nighthawk Custom beavertail grip safety, mainspring housing, and match barrel bushing. Upgrades such as an ultra hi-cut trigger guard, matching vertical serrations on the front strap and mainspring housing, French border on the slide, and Nighthawk Custom engraved on the dust cover, take an already beautiful firearm to the next level. While not offering a slide-to-frame fit, Nighthawk Custom has upgraded the performance of the Colt Series 70 with a full reliability enhancement and action tune. The performance upgrade began with the flattening and polishing of the breech face. The feed ramp was then machined to the proper dimension before being polished. The barrel was throated and polished while the chamber was reamed and polished. The Colt extractor was polished and tuned before both the Colt ejector and slide stop were adjusted and tuned. The Colt mag release was also tuned and polished for smoother function. A new Nighthawk Custom 17 lb. recoil spring was added, as was a Nighthawk Custom extra power firing pin spring. The main spring was replaced by a Nighthawk Custom 19 lb. main spring to complete the action tune. After hand-beveling the edges of the slide, the Colt Series 70 received a custom Smoked Nitride finish to make this pistol a functional work of art.
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Old 12-18-2019, 08:40 AM
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Nice, but not for 2600.00.
I heard that after Colt discontinued this line, Nighthawk bought up the remaining inventory.

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Old 12-18-2019, 10:06 AM
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Old 12-18-2019, 10:10 AM
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Nice, but not for 2600.00.
I heard that after Colt discontinued this line, Nighthawk bought up the remaining inventory.
Colt hasn't discontinued the line, in fact the Classic was only fairly recently introduced.

Those are nice looking guns, I like the concept.
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Old 12-18-2019, 10:19 AM
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Nice, but not for 2600.00.
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I hear that. Thatís about $1800 in work after the price of the gun. And Iím sure they pay much less that us.
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Old 12-18-2019, 10:53 AM
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Unimpressive finish IMO. With all that work, why not tighten up the slide a bit? Accuracy over cosmetics please.
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Old 12-18-2019, 11:06 AM
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Unimpressive finish IMO. With all that work, why not tighten up the slide a bit? Accuracy over cosmetics please.
Fitted match bushing will do more for accuracy than a tighter slide, with better reliability. But to each his own.
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Old 12-18-2019, 11:17 AM
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Actually I like it.....
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Old 12-18-2019, 12:42 PM
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Everything is somebodies type.
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Old 12-18-2019, 03:55 PM
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It looks like they cleaned up the engraving on the slide!
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Old 12-18-2019, 04:12 PM
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Is this supposed to look 'distressed'? Unattractive gun and concept behind it...
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Old 12-18-2019, 04:31 PM
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These guns look like a special run Colt did for veterans. I cant remember the name they gave them.
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Old 12-18-2019, 07:19 PM
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Nighthawk is probable the most innovative manufacturer in the 1911 industry. This Nighthawk Colt offering is a strategic leap forward on their part to satisfy a particular customer base. Namely those customers who like custom Colts.

They take a current production Colt Classic pistol (Colt's traditional line) and perform the work they think best and offer the end result to their customers. As with any 1911 build, the customer can always choose what features they want, and don't want. The customer can also simply purchase a Classic, or any other 1911 model from Colt, and have the modifications they uniquely want on that pistol.

By introducing this model, Nighthawk is bridging the gap between the dedicated 1911 manufacturer and the solo gunsmith who only works on someone else's product. Wilson does it on Glocks and Berettas, now finally, Nighthawk custom is doing it on the ever popular Colt 1911.
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Old 12-18-2019, 07:58 PM
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Nighthawk is probable the most innovative manufacturer in the 1911 industry. This Nighthawk Colt offering is a strategic leap forward on their part to satisfy a particular customer base. Namely those customers who like custom Colts.

They take a current production Colt Classic pistol (Colt's traditional line) and perform the work they think best and offer the end result to their customers. As with any 1911 build, the customer can always choose what features they want, and don't want. The customer can also simply purchase a Classic, or any other 1911 model from Colt, and have the modifications they uniquely want on that pistol.

By introducing this model, Nighthawk is bridging the gap between the dedicated 1911 manufacturer and the solo gunsmith who only works on someone else's product. Wilson does it on Glocks and Berettas, now finally, Nighthawk custom is doing it on the ever popular Colt 1911.
I agree. I donít want any 1911 that isnít a Colt. This is a Colt that receives some massage from a top tier joint. I have zero interest in a Nighthawk but this Nighthawked Colt intrigues me. Other than the finish, that is. Iíd rather have a sweet blued finish and deal with the scratches.
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Old 12-18-2019, 08:13 PM
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It's an O1911C slide but a O1970A1CS frame, judging by the markings and serial number. I have to say though that high-end custom 1911s do absolutely nothing for me. I'd rather three 3 box-stock pistols in assorted finishes or calibers for the same money.
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Old 12-18-2019, 08:34 PM
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The first visually pleasing Nighthawk. I like it.
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Old 12-18-2019, 08:48 PM
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Spot-on execution of a "modern" classic!! Love the minimized beavertail (not swept up like a letter opener) for those of us who get hammer bite and like to shoot the snot out of our pistols without bleeding all over them, the slight improvement in GI sights without resorting to the popular "ski-ramp" style rear sight, and the "bobbed" spur hammer which looks great on any "retro" style pistol. Very similar to how I set mine up The finish is really the only thing I don't care for.
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Old 12-18-2019, 09:32 PM
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Fitted match bushing will do more for accuracy than a tighter slide, with better reliability. But to each his own.
I welcome your comment however; Did I say trade the snug bushing for a tighter slide? no. It is well known slide to receiver fit helps accuracy, same as tighter fitting bushings will. Regardless which one does more both help, just sayin'
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Old 12-18-2019, 09:35 PM
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I like it. But should be blued and free of nighthawk script
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Old 12-18-2019, 10:52 PM
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I welcome your comment however; Did I say trade the snug bushing for a tighter slide? no. It is well known slide to receiver fit helps accuracy, same as tighter fitting bushings will. Regardless which one does more both help, just sayin'
Slide to frame fit has little affect on accuracy. Some people expect it because they think the tight fit feels more like a quality build. Barrel fit and lockup are the big factors. The bushing can affect accuracy but not as much as the barrel fit. The slide to frame fit matters very little in terms of accuracy.
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Old 12-19-2019, 04:04 AM
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I like it. I'm not going to buy one as I have different priorities now. It'll make a nice offering for someone that wants a tastefully done up basic Colt that's not over the top.
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Old 12-19-2019, 08:51 AM
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It's an O1911C slide but a O1970A1CS frame, judging by the markings and serial number. I have to say though that high-end custom 1911s do absolutely nothing for me. I'd rather three 3 box-stock pistols in assorted finishes or calibers for the same money.
Interesting observation. Maybe that’s why we see O1911C frames only for sale on GB.
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:32 AM
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It's an O1911C slide but a O1970A1CS frame, judging by the markings and serial number. I have to say though that high-end custom 1911s do absolutely nothing for me. I'd rather three 3 box-stock pistols in assorted finishes or calibers for the same money.
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:35 AM
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They take a current production Colt Classic pistol (Colt's traditional line) and perform the work they think best and offer the end result to their customers.
And then charge about twice what it's worth. No thanks.
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Old 12-19-2019, 12:34 PM
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No wonder I like it, upon closer examination, I noticed the Harrison retro rear sight and bobbed hammer.

That's it ... I definitely like it. Now somebody loan me some cash. LOL

Looks like there's another thread running on this one in the Nighthawk subforum. I'm going to close this one and link the other thread here. Please continue to post there.

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=1005826
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