Colt Series 80

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  1. ysacres

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    pcgood
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    (5/16/02 10:00:52 pm)
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    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?

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    (5/16/02 10:29:12 pm)
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    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.
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    (5/16/02 10:45:29 pm)
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    I have a LW Commander.....early 80 series and love it.....many-many rounds downrange...no hickups. Lightly tuned, but mostly stock. Best LTS
    T.F.F.

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    (5/16/02 11:07:59 pm)
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    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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    (5/17/02 3:34:59 am)
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    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.

    Xracer
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    (5/17/02 7:11:50 am)
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    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
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    (5/17/02 7:16:57 am)
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    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.
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    (5/17/02 7:20:45 pm)
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    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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