Originally Posted by TacticalGuy15
Im new to the colt world and i was wondering which line of colt 1911's were the better pistol? Any advantages for over the other? Any flaws with either one? Differences??
Don't you mean are, or has something happened that I'm not aware of?
Most will draw the difference between the two based on the Series 80 firing pin safety on the XSE vs the lack of a firing pin safety on the Series 70. I call bunk on this claim that the FP safety on the Series 80 is in some way-shape-or-form detrimental to the design function of the pistol.
I think the decision to buy either model should lie in the buyers taste in 1911's. Are you looking for an old-school GI look? Go for the series 70.
Want the current look in the 1911? Then the XSE with its extended thumb safety, ambidextrous thumb safety, modern sights, commander hammer, skeleton trigger, beavertail etc. is for you.
I think if the Series 80 FP safety is an argument without merit. I own and shoot both with NO awareness of this benign addition.