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JonM 10-18-2011 01:43 AM

An old Horse comes Home
 
when i joined the army i gave my very first 1911 to my brother as he was joining the local sherriff office. it was an old 1970s colt series 70. i had bought it used in late 1989. it was in better shape back then. my brother wasnt kind to the old horse.

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/2305/img0199dyl.jpg

http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/1550/img0198le.jpg

when i went back to texas a few weeks ago for dove season i got it back. it hadnt been cleaned since 1995 or so. so im surprised its in as good a shape as it is.

http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/9163/img0203p.jpg

unfortunately my brother is a bit clumsy and put the mother of all idiot marks on the poor thing

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/1059/img0201og.jpg

JonM 10-18-2011 01:44 AM

here she is bottom center with her brethren.

top left 1944 ithaca, top right springfield armory 1911A1
bottom left new production colt series 70, bottom right colt new agent

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/3480/img0197ct.jpg

older series 70 barrel stamp

http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/2862/img0202xe.jpg

new production stamp

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2617/img0213y.jpg

side by side the old and the new

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/9929/img0204uib.jpg

other than a few minor differences there is no discernable quality difference in the parts between the old and new series 70. colt unfortunately put plan grips on the new version leaving off the colt emblem. they also did not use the old finger bushing. the sights on the new series 70 are taller than the older one. the new colt has a throated barrel and the mags drop free. the older series 70 the mags do not drop free.

the newer series 70 are bit more refined but all parts are interchangeable.

im just happy to have the old horse home again!!

spittinfire 10-18-2011 01:58 AM

Still an outstanding peice with an awesome history. Glad to see it home again.

freefall 10-18-2011 02:05 AM

I know those old spring finger bushings did have their problems, but it seemed to me they aided accuracy. I think that was a concept that deserved more R&D rather than discarding. The old girl doesn't look that bad to me.

canebrake 10-18-2011 02:08 AM

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Welcome home Prodigal Pony!

JonM 10-18-2011 02:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by freefall (Post 603967)
I know those old spring finger bushings did have their problems, but it seemed to me they aided accuracy. I think that was a concept that deserved more R&D rather than discarding. The old girl doesn't look that bad to me.

ive heard about those bushings breaking and all. but i sent a LOT and i mean a LOT of ammo down that barrel. ammo was cheap as hell back then.

im taking it out friday and doing a side by side with all the full size 1911s.

but the old girl is missing a lot of bluing and sports a few scratches. the grips arent in the best shape. but its not bad.

winds-of-change 10-18-2011 11:55 AM

Jon, I know you will have that gun looking new again real soon. Work your magic. :D

CA357 10-18-2011 02:41 PM

Congratulations on the happy reunion.

neilage66 10-18-2011 05:38 PM

Looks very nice, despite the neglect.

It has character and a good story...I wouldn't change a thing.

JonM 10-18-2011 08:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by neilage66 (Post 604386)
Looks very nice, despite the neglect.

It has character and a good story...I wouldn't change a thing.

Quote:

Originally Posted by winds-of-change (Post 604181)
Jon, I know you will have that gun looking new again real soon. Work your magic. :D

Its pretty much going to stay as is. Ive done one hasty cleaning so far just took it apart swabbed it all down with clp real good. Going to shoot it a bunch more in between cleanings. Gotta knock the gunk loose!!


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