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Old 04-24-2013, 12:15 AM   #11
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Congrats on the Colt. Not surprised at the jammed Kimber. Keep shooting that beauty and you will get another Colt instead of the S&W.

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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.
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I'm one who doesn't like the Series 80 Colts.

The reason I don't like them - won't have one - is the idiot firing pin safety (ifps). (I won't have a Remington version either, for the same reason.) It isn't I'm afraid the ifps will malfunction and prevent the gun from firing - although that can happen - I just don't see the need for it. It's just more crap doing nothing beneficial.

Okay, all that understood, they're probably as functional as any.

I have the same problem with the S&W revolvers with the lock doo-dad.

Value. I've seen them at local gun shows with asking prices in the $700 - $1000 range.

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I have owned a couple. I prefer the series 70. Was there anything wrong with the Series 80? No. If I had a choice between a series 70 and a series 80, would I choose the 70? Yes.

As stated above, you cannnot get quite as nice a trigger out of a series 80, but the difference is such that it would not matter to most shooters.

Bottom line -- if you find a good deal on a series 80, take it, but don't go out of your way to acquire one.

I bought one about a year ago (since sold) for $700.00.

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I have owned a couple. I prefer the series 70. Was there anything wrong with the Series 80? No. If I had a choice between a series 70 and a series 80, would I choose the 70? Yes.

As stated above, you cannot get quite as nice a trigger out of a series 80, but the difference is such that it would not matter to most shooters.

Bottom line -- if you find a good deal on a series 80, take it, but don't go out of your way to acquire one.
I bought one about a year ago (since sold) for $700.00.
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The series 80 firing pin safety has always struck me as the answer to a question no one asked. But what about drop safe, you say? Other makers can do it without reinventing the wheel.
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