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Old 09-16-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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I'm not very familiar with all of the 1911's Colt makes. I know the difference between the Series 70 slide and the Series 80 slide being the firing pin block, but I do not know any other differences. Nor do I know the difference between the 1991 series and the other two previously stated.

My wife's birthday is coming up soon and I'm going to get her a Colt 1911 and I figured I'd ask the community for some insight on these three Colt 1911's.

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I'm not very familiar with all of the 1911's Colt makes. I know the difference between the Series 70 slide and the Series 80 slide being the firing pin block, but I do not know any other differences. Nor do I know the difference between the 1991 series and the other two previously stated.

My wife's birthday is coming up soon and I'm going to get her a Colt 1911 and I figured I'd ask the community for some insight on these three Colt 1911's.
If you don't know the Colt line and therefore aren't looking for a particular model, then why limit yourself to just Colts? There are many other fine brands available to choose from.
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I'm not very familiar with all of the 1911's Colt makes. I know the difference between the Series 70 slide and the Series 80 slide being the firing pin block, but I do not know any other differences. Nor do I know the difference between the 1991 series and the other two previously stated.

My wife's birthday is coming up soon and I'm going to get her a Colt 1911 and I figured I'd ask the community for some insight on these three Colt 1911's.
I own a 1991 Series 80, plain Jane, no frill, just shoots and shoots straight. Other than cosmetics, the firing pin block is the only difference I'm aware of but there could be others. I've heard some complain that the Series 80 trigger is not as good as the Series 70 but I've not fired enough 70's to know if there is anything to that.

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I would go with a series 70 government, with Novak night sights, skeleton hammer, beaver tail palm safety, and bead blasted.

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See if you can find a 70 Series Colt Commander. It's slightly shorter than the GI length and can carry easier.

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I would go with a series 70 government, with Novak night sights, skeleton hammer, beaver tail palm safety, and bead blasted.
Cud you be a little more specific?
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She has an Ed Brown Kobra (my wedding present to her), Springfield Mil-Spec 1911A1, and Springfield GI 1911A1. She's always has been very fond of Colts and has always wanted a Colt 1911. She carries her Kobra sometimes, but more so with her Springfield Mil-Spec inside the waistband. Her preference is the full size, because like me she is over 6 foot, wears cargo pants, and things like sweatshirts and jackets.

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I would go with a series 70 government, with Novak night sights, skeleton hammer, beaver tail palm safety, and bead blasted.
Colt doesn't make a 70 Series with those options. Your description sounds like a XSE 80 Series.
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I'm not very familiar with all of the 1911's Colt makes. I know the difference between the Series 70 slide and the Series 80 slide being the firing pin block, but I do not know any other differences. Nor do I know the difference between the 1991 series and the other two previously stated.

My wife's birthday is coming up soon and I'm going to get her a Colt 1911 and I figured I'd ask the community for some insight on these three Colt 1911's.
The Colt Series 70 is a basic GI mil spec 1911. Poor sights and a tang hammer.

Colt Series 70

The 1991 Series was a "budget" 1911 introduced in........wait for it.....1991! Poor sights and a commander hammer.

Colt 1991 Series

The Colt XSE Series (Series 80) has all the "new" stuff.

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She has an Ed Brown Kobra (my wedding present to her), Springfield Mil-Spec 1911A1, and Springfield GI 1911A1. She's always has been very fond of Colts and has always wanted a Colt 1911. She carries her Kobra sometimes, but more so with her Springfield Mil-Spec inside the waistband. Her preference is the full size, because like me she is over 6 foot, wears cargo pants, and things like sweatshirts and jackets.
Get her the Colt XSE Series model O1070XSE:



Mine dressed in Colt 150th year stag grips.



This is mine with the CCG 460 Rowland conversion.

And yes I do cary it as a 460 when I need to go heavy.

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All of the 1991 series I have seen are selling for usually around $800+ and have a three dot sight system. I checked gunbroker and found the exact same type of 1911 I just described, but also ones that are more of budget versions with poor sights and say 1991A1 on the slide.

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