Originally Posted by danf_fl
Have you met Canebrake?
He is our Colt guru. He'll pop in soon.
I believe an older thread of Canebrake's said that he felt the knock against the Series 80's was way overblown.
I also read at another source (can't recall) that the bad rap the Series 80's have received were early on when gunsmiths did not know how to work within the firing pin safety. Now, qualified gunsmiths know how to improve the Series 80's system. In fact, there are aftermarket products to mod the Series 80 to replicate a Series 70.
However, it is easier to get a superlight, supercrisp trigger out of a Series 70 simply because it's a simpler trigger system but this is only important if the gun is going to be a competition pistol. You probably don't want a superlight trigger pull on a defensive pistol because you're more likely to risk an accidental discharge with your finger on the trigger in a stressful situation.