Colt 1911 Series ’70 Reproduction Video

A Glock 45. As you can see, it’s 1911 day at the compound. Are those pretty or what? That’s a classic design. Pretty, pretty guns, and very functional, right?

Let’s try one of them out here. My ears on and load it up. I think I had a magazine in it. I’ll tell you, this gun is on load from the Academy of Self Protection in Joelton. We appreciate that immensely, but they really do need to spend some money on magazines, don’t they?

I think I’ve got a better one. Yeah, here we go. I don’t know what’s wrong with them. Yeah, there you go. Put a Colt magazine in it. Let’s see if it works. All right. I’m just taking a couple of shots with it. Let’s make sure it works.

Ah ha, nice.

Oh, sweet. Sweet! Oh boy. Let’s see where the sights are. I’ll try that two liter out there.

All right. On the last shot. Nice. We’re not going to shoot a thousand rounds, but we did want to bring you especially this series ’70 Colt – okay? – 1911. The reason we had the others out here… We’re not going to do a big detailed historical analysis here or anything. We might do that sometime.

We have them in a line here and thought, before we talk a little bit more about the series ’70… Whoa, it’s bright! That’s stainless, too. It’s not nickel, by the way. I just happen to have now this one here for the day, again, thanks to the Academy for Self Protection.

We have kind of a sampling of the various features of these things. This is the remake – the reproduction – of the 1918, so that’s the way they were, basically, Colts originally. You had a long trigger. You had a flat main spring housing. You didn’t have some of the contour cutting here. You know, you got a beaver tail that’s less than desirable. If you want to get pinched, shoot one of these. Your sights are not so hot. You know, you’ve just got little sights and everything.

That’s the original configuration. Not bad. It works. I mean, in fact, I could shoot one of these all day and thoroughly enjoy it. Other than the pinching factor there with that short beaver tail, I really like the feel of those.

That’s the way they were up until the ’20s, 1920s, okay? Then we have the A1 style, and this is World War II vintage, basically the A1. The arch main spring housing. The short trigger. You’ve got the same short safety there. You’ve got a better beaver tail. You don’t get pinched so much, at all really. I don’t with these. Increased the beaver tail length just a little bit, as you can see.

Those were the biggest differences. There’s some other minor… We’re not going to go into all the detail of it, but those are the biggest differences, the beaver tail and then that main spring housing and the trigger. Something internal, but nothing significant, okay?

Then they didn’t really make any for the military after World War II. The ones they did make, the commercial ones, they took the lanyard ring off, as I understand. Then they increased the shelf on the thumb safety there. You see how short that one is? Well, this is the series ’70. You’ve got more of a shelf, see? There’s some other differences maybe, but those are the main ones.

This is the ’70, the series ’70s. Now this is a reintroduction of the series ’70 that Colt has come out with in the last few years. It’s very much like the ones that were made in the ’70s, except the ’70s model, what they did with the bushing…

I’m not going to take one apart today, but if you’re familiar with the little bushing that goes around the barrel in the end, they put a fingered kind of collared bushing around that. I think four little fingers, because I had one back then. It kind of grabbed the barrel more tightly, and they thought that added to the accuracy. That was one of the biggest differences there. This one does not have it.

In the remakes of the series ’70, they use a standard bushing thankfully, because I wouldn’t want to deal with those too much. The sights are a little bit higher, I think, on this remake of the ’70s. It was not available in stainless back in the ’70s. Other than that, it’s the same gun. Okay? It’s pretty neat, because I had a series ’70. It’s neat to have one back.

This one… I brought this one out, too. This is a series ’80. This is the 1991 model, as it’s called, which in a way is a throwback to the originals, because it’s got the flat main spring housing, the long trigger. It’s got a nicer beaver tail. It’s got the A1 beaver tail that these later one have so you don’t get pinched. It has better sights.

All that makes it feel better and be a really good shooter but still pretty much true to the original 1911. If you want a 1911 pistol that’s really shootable and pretty much just like they came out, this has always been a good choice, at least since they came out.

Now the big difference in the series ’80 is they have the firing pin block, and a lot of people don’t like that at all, the gun smiths especially. It’s got the firing pin block just like a Glock has and a Sig and all the modern pistols. All right? Whereas those don’t have that. Right. None of those do, because in the remake of the series ’70, it doesn’t have that either.

Okay? Just give you a rundown of the variations of it there without going into too much detail. Mainly I wanted to show you the series ’70, because the series ’70… Those guys had it down there when I walked in. They were showing me this. Cool.

That’s when I got into firearms in a bigger way, and my first 1911 was a series ’70. I’ll let you try to figure out why I bought a series ’70 instead of a series ’80. When I bought it, it was about 1974 or 5 probably. Bet you can figure that out, can’t you? I ended up with a series ’70 somehow.

When I bought my first new Colt, it was blue. I had it later converted for competition, put a Bomar sight on it, some stuff which I could kick myself now. I’d like to have it in its original state, but I traded it off for something. Yeah, we all have done that.

This is kind of neat, because it’s a series ’70. Like I say, the only difference is the collared bushing. It doesn’t have that, and thankfully it has higher sights maybe. The owner has replaced the grips on it. Okay? He put custom grips on it. It’s a nice looking gun.

Now the other thing he did… It is stainless, but it doesn’t come this shiny. He had it polished by a local gunsmith here who did a wonderful job on it. I mean, it looks like nickel, doesn’t it? Pretty cool series ’70. There’s almost a cult following of series ’70 1911s. They’re just really cool.

Now we’re also shooting Federal ammo, I might point out here. Thanks to Federal for furnishing that. Big ol’ 45 slugs. 230 green. Put the safety on. Lay it down. It is hot. It looks hot, doesn’t it?

Now I’ve got a holster. I thought it would be appropriate to… This is the first, I think, 1911 holster I bought. This is an old safari land. It’s suede lined. Even while the owner of this gun might not really take that much pride in his firearms, because he uses a magazine like that, I do. I didn’t want to scratch it, so I am going to put it in this suede lined holster – all right? – so I don’t scratch this beautiful finish.

Now this is the holster… When I went to my first IPSC match, that’s all I had. I remember using that one, and I think they told me I had to snap it. If it had a snap, I had to snap it. I could have cut the snap off, but since it had one, I had to snap it before the actual match. I was so green. I was so naïve and ignorant, even more so than now.

All right. I’m not going to do too much shooting, but I just love having a series ’70 back at the compound. Let’s go into slow motion and shoot…

Oh, cool. Let’s try that other two liter.

Wow. It feels good. I have to say, I don’t like the arched main spring housing, but for some reason it doesn’t hit me too hard there. Let’s just go out for the gong.

Oh boy.

Hey. I got two points. That one went in my pocket. Ooo, it’s hot. How did it get hot?

I know what it was. That was the casing from my miss, and it wanted to keep me a souvenir, right? To remind me of my miss. Yeah, the series ’70, people collect these things. They love to find one. I’ll lay it down there and let you look at it. They love to find one new in the box or something or just really good shape.

Partly, I think, there’s a certain aura about the series ’70s. It was before they made that horrible switch to the firing pin block which some people just abhor. You know, it’s all Colt. Colt does a good job.

I have to say, I know I am a little bit of a Colt fan boy, I guess. I grew up… I have an excuse. I grew up in an era when that was all there was, basically. The Colt. If you wanted a 1911, it was a Colt. Then Springfield sort of got into the market, and it’s nothing like it is today. Same with ARs. It’s Colt, you know? Who else makes an AR? Colt makes them. Colt makes the 1911s, and of course they still do a good job.

They’re a little pricier than some of the other companies for what you get. Just a basic one like this, there’s no bells and whistles on that gun. Any Colt you buy like that, it’s going to run around a thousand dollars or more. Eleven hundred. They use a lot of forged parts though and everything, so they do a good job.

All right. Let’s just take a couple more shots with it.

That’s a stiff safety. It’s like a new gun. All right. Let’s pretend we’re actually speed shooting a little bit. I’m going to be down here and just play a little bit with these two. Play with old stock 45s. It just feels good though.

Just a plain old stock 45 will get the job done. You don’t really have to have a custom gun, even though they’re more comfortable, no doubt about it. It’s got a stiff safety. I’d have to get that broken in if I was going to go into speed combat with it. Let’s pull it out in slow motion and get that safety off. There we go.

We might just be down to about one round, so let’s put another one on the gong.

Oh, sweet. Yeah, that is nice. That is ni… Let me load one more magazine. I know you’ll forgive me if I shoot one more. I don’t want to wear this pretty gun out. I have another one loaded. Let’s load one.

All right. This is one of the stock mags. Yeah. Good old 230 green, hard ball ammo. Man. You think about the price of this stuff. It makes it all the more welcome to have it donated by Federal. Sure appreciate that. Appreciate the loan of this fine gun.

You know, I know these guys down at the Jolten gun shop pretty well, and I might just keep this. Somehow I could hold it hostage. I don’t know. Make up some story about losing it. All right.

Nice gun. Nice gun. What do we want to shoot here with 45s? How about a tree here?


I just had to shoot one more magazine. Anyway, that is a jewel series ’70. It says it right on the frame or the slide, by the way. Mark four, you know, series ’70. It is what it is, though.

It’s great that Colt has brought these back, you know, in this configuration. Really nice, shootable pistol, no doubt about it. Like I say, 1911 is… There’s just so much history associated with them, and that’s another reason, I think, that there’s a certain fondness for the Colt or any of the early models. They’re just neat, you know?

You may not want to carry something like this. They are heavy. There may be too much recoil for you to shoot comfortably. Still, this is one of those firearms that most avid shooters, people who are interested in firearms, they have it on their bucket list. They want to own one. They at least want to shoot one.

They want to fire one, and with good reason. Nice, big old 45 cartridge is fun to shoot. It doesn’t really kick that hard. It just kind of pushes you a little bit. It’s not even really that snappy. It’s just a heavy round. The series ’70 is one that a lot of people lust for and so I’m glad to have one back in my hand. It’s been a while to actually fire it. Life is good.