I have one handgun with the serie 80 setup and do not plan to change it.
I don't know where you have searched for the serie 70 Colt, but I come across them all the time on the used market.
That may be the way to go if you really want to get away from the serie 80.
And it sounds like you want to modify anyway, so why buy new and possibly ruin a good working gun?
(Have you ever seen a slide that was a series 80 changed to series 70? The earlier Delta Elites had some problems with the hammer bouncing and peening the area where the firing pin plunger was at. With that being near the cut out for the disconnector, some gave thier owners a little surprise after a while. That did happen to me and that is why I do not have the DE any more.)
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Last edited by danf_fl; 04-10-2012 at 10:53 AM.