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Old 02-22-2020, 09:08 PM
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Info on 1970 BB Marked Colt Govít

I have a 1970 Colt 1911 Govít w/ BB stamped under serial# and on barrel. Read that there were only 1,000 made. What was the point of marking this batch? Are they more valuable?
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:17 PM
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They were a special production run that tested production methods for the new finger-collet barrel bushing system that was being introduced. Once they had been completed the new Series 70 models came out, which as we all know incorporated the "Accurizor" barrels and collet bushings as their key feature. Value of an unmolested BB model can be quite high, but unfortunately the permanent mods made to yours has reduced the value to that of any other older 1911 with a big target rib on the slide.
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:37 PM
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Colt produced a pilot run of approximately 1400-1500 pistols at the very end of the C suffix, pre 70 Government Model production. They were the last of Mohicans so to speak.
The pistols were assembled with the new MK4 Series barrel and barrel bushing designed to improve accuracy. The BB marking was there to identify the new Barrel and Bushing. Typically, high condition BB marked pistols are valued several hundreds of dollars more than a standard 1969 Government Model.
Your pistol has been significantly modified, the stocks are wrong as well. In my opinion, the Government Model collector value is virtually nil unless your pistol was reworked by a well known period gunsmith, eg. Jim Clark and marked accordingly.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:54 PM
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The good news is some of us still adopt and love these “ugly” old bullseye guns. I’ve got two of them and accept them as they are. I wish one of mine had “BB” on it. Your BB value may be gone but everyone needs one of these yesterday shooters. Cosmetics and Wilsons weren’t around or important on the pre-Apple or Amazon shooting ranges. Heck we didn’t even have designer bullets or targets!
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:55 AM
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Back in the 1950s and '60s accurizing 1911s for Bullseye match shooting was as popular and commonplace as "combat custom" pistols are today. IPSC wasn't founded until 1976 and we didn't begin to see the popular trend shift from Bullseye shooting to combat-style shooting until after that.
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Old 02-23-2020, 01:17 PM
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I see a Bomar rib and long trigger.
Is there other gunsmithing?
Does it still have the collet bushing/barrel (BB, get it?) or a tight fit solid bushing?
Are there any markings on the disconnector rail or otherwise out of sight that would identify a gunsmith?
Are there any funny bumps added to align the barrel?
Do the barrel lugs show signs of welding and filing?
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Old 02-23-2020, 02:12 PM
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Thanks for the info! I got it because it had a Bo-Mar rib and outstanding 4# trigger.
Yes, it has collet bushing, barrel looks built up at muzzle - super tight lock up.
No gunsmith markings or other mods that I see.
Just a fun older gun to shoot!
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Old 02-23-2020, 03:04 PM
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The Accurizor barrel had a full .580" diameter muzzle end, but was turned down slightly starting about 1/2" back from the muzzle to provide room for the finger collet bushing during cycling.
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Old 02-23-2020, 03:18 PM
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Nice old pistol. Thanks for the post.
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