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Colt Series 80

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by ysacres, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. ysacres

    ysacres Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    Wazzu WA
    Posts: 2
    (5/16/02 10:00:52 pm)
    Reply Colt Series 80
    Getting ready to purchase my first 1911 45, does anyone have any information on the quality and reliability of Colt's series 80? What should I expect?

    cointoss 2
    *TFF Staff*
    Posts: 740
    (5/16/02 10:29:12 pm)
    Reply Re: Colt Series 80
    Well, I had an enhanced model, 8 shot, that was a pretty good shooter. I did not have it tricked out or anything other than the way it came from the factory. Seemed to funtion well but I can't tell you what came down the line after they made mine I have heard a little grumbleing abot fit and finish in the series.

    *TFF Senior Staff*
    Posts: 4874
    (5/16/02 10:45:29 pm)
    Reply Re: Colt Series 80
    I have a LW Commander.....early 80 series and love it.....many-many rounds downrange...no hickups. Lightly tuned, but mostly stock. Best LTS

    *TFF Senior Staff*
    Posts: 2601
    (5/16/02 11:07:59 pm)
    Re: Colt Series 80
    Nothing wrong with the Series 80 guns. People gripe about the extra parts, but for the majority of shooters its not even noticeable. Now, the 1991 series is a whole different story...

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    Posts: 324
    (5/17/02 3:34:59 am)
    Reply Re: Colt Series 80

    Love mine. 18yrs, ~45-50k rounds through it, including 2-1/2 IPSC seasons - 2 failed barrel bushings, broken front sight 2x, a new barrel link - other than that, has been rock solid, and all the rest of the parts tweaking has been optional / by choice.
    Still the original trigger assembly and barrel, too.

    *TFF Senior Staff*
    Posts: 2133
    (5/17/02 7:11:50 am)
    Reply Re: Colt Series 80
    Hi pcgood.....and welcome to TFF.

    I don't think you can go wrong with a Colt....or a Kimber, Springfield, or Wilson. All top quality 1911s.

    There have been periods when Colt quality has slipped a little, but even then, they were better than 90% of the other '11s out there.

    Bob In St Louis
    *TFF Senior Staff*
    Posts: 2301
    (5/17/02 7:16:57 am)
    Reply Re: Colt Series 80
    I have a standard model Series 80, blued. Straight out of the box new it was a fabulous shooter! I never have bothered tuning or messing with it - the gun shoots tight groups (and I ain't no pistolero!) and I am quite happy with it.
    Crusty Cruffler of Fine Spanish Pistols - Eibar Rules!

    shooter45 us
    *TFF Chief Of Staff*
    Posts: 1472
    (5/17/02 7:20:45 pm)
    Reply Re: Colt Series 80
    The Colt Series 80 has been given a bad rap because some gunsmiths could not do an excellent trigger job on them. This was due to the firing pin drop safety. I have owned a couple of these pistols and by using a "slot filler" was able to remove the firing pin safety and get a great trigger job. The part is available from Brownell's. Also, the final finish, tool marks,etc. have took away from the Series 80. A good pistolsmith can correct all these "problems" or you can shoot it as it comes out of the box. Good pistol either way. My 2 cents.
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