Colt 1911 Series 80?

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Kevin11, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. stash247

    stash247 New Member

    Oct 18, 2003
    Central Texas
    Shooter, to take up the slack, in this thread, a 'target pistol', with a 'hair trigger' offers a prosecuting attorney way too much rope; that was my point.
    Understand, I have three very good dogs, none of whom really like anybody but me; they are stock dogs, properly, Australian Cattle Dogs, with their sole purpose in life to keep me safe. and move stock, efficiently.
    They were bred and raised in the armpit of the world, as a breed, so, tolerate conditions in South Texas, like they were on vacation, no big deal.
    But, their purpose in life is to move stock. Any port in a storm, right?
    If I just shoot some bastard, because he needs shooting, we will argue ,in court, for many years, over whether it was appropriate; not a cheap or good scene, and made worse, by alterations, from production specs, of the weapon I shot him with, an inane, but legally viable argument, totally aside from the real issue, of whether he needed shooting, or not, but an issue, just the same.
    If I simply open the door, and let the dogs out, I need not say a word; they WILL sort things out, and rapidly, without any further input.
    Day or night, good weather or bad, they know their turf, and their master, and will defend them, to their death.
    I think this is a far more 'winnable' situation, than a shooting, and way more 'educational' for the object of their attention; so I trust them, first.
    If push comes to shove, yes, I will intercede, to protect them, and with deadly force, if required, but this has been a 'non issue' to date, as they are quite competent, on their own
    Remember, these are dogs that I employ to move mean stock, often weighing over a ton, animals that will climb a stepladder, to catch a frisbee, in play.
    That seems to speak for itself.
  2. williamd

    williamd New Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    Have series 70s and series 80s. Polished (stoned) the parts in both series and the difference is not noticable to me. Saw quite a bit of quality difference in the internals - these are all Colts. One series 80 pistol had some edges on the internal trigger safety levers but they stoned off easily.

    I am not sure what a gun owner can do that does not put him/her on the legal edge. Even changing grips can make a gun handle differently from "factory intentions" according to one prosecutor I read!!! Another said the only reaosn an owner added Trijicon sights was to be able to shoot people at night. The world is full of idiots who will do anything for a buck ... probably with a grant from the anti's. Especially in CA!!

  3. stash247

    stash247 New Member

    Oct 18, 2003
    Central Texas
    If an 'expert witness' finds safety related parts missing, in a weapon involed in an otherwise 'good', shooting, the usual reaction is to paint the shooter as either a predator, 'looking for a fight', with his 'Highly modified Race Gun', a fool, with no regard for safety, or both.
    I have no problem with 'fixing' the gun; trigger pull is all about geometry, in a 1911, and the early series 80 pistols sometimes had it all screwed up.
    Fix the problem, with a stone, and a Jig, and the change could well have been done at Colt; I have heard it disputed, several times, but there was no way to prove it.
    In truth, some of the early series 80 pistols would damned near lift an anvil, before the trigger broke; Colt was then very spotty in QC, and nearly went under, because of it.
    Today, I think you will find a much better product being produced, with un molested triggers in the 5-6 pound range.
    I would attempt to 'Talk, walk, or run', as a first effort at 'dispute resolution'; this shows all a peaceful intent.
    At the point that becomes impossible, my lawyer says a 'wrongful death' lawsuit is usually cheaper to settle, than one for disability, pain and suffering, and a quest for lifetime financial support. I agree, entirely.
    Which means a single story, rather than an arguement, in court, is preferable.
    You may draw your own conclusions, here, as you see fit, but everything I carry is capable, in my hands, of 3" or less, at 25 yds, about half the size of the human braincase.
    Wanna guess the point of aim?
    I want to live out my life, quietly, peacefully, and as close to invisible, as I can be.
    But am reminded of some old latin quote, about 'If you seek peace, prepare for war'; just because I can does not in any way imply that I want to, or will, do a thing, but the inability to do it locks all of those out!
  4. ElrodCod

    ElrodCod New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    I've got the same model in the commander size & I'm picking up the compact version tomorrow:D. They're not as pretty as the new polished ones but IMO they're better guns.
  5. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Owyhee County, Idaho
    Had a 1991 back when I lived in Phx in the 80's-90"s.
    From what I remember it was a very servicable pistol.

    Took the family to the movies and the back door got kicked in and the steel gun cabinet had been carried out and carted away.

    Lost the 45, a ruger MK1, an M1 Garand, and a 22 and a Higgins 12 G shotgun.

    I did get the Ruger back after it was confiscated by Phx Police. Had to have it fixed because of "ignorant thief" abuse.

    All of the weapons except the Colt I had inherited from my dad shortly before the theft.
  6. Kevin11

    Kevin11 New Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    South Jersey
    Shooting: Colt 1911 Series 80

    Hey there!

    Well you'll be able to tell I'm a new shooter.
    It took me 8 months before I got out to finally shoot my 1911.
    Man where did spring and summer go?

    Anyway, I joined the local range and got a chance to put
    about 60 rounds through her with no problems. Next trip out
    I need to shoot from a rest to see where she's hitting at as
    per the sights. I also shot my Ruger Vaquero and a quick assessment,
    I would say the Ruger was more accurate than the 1911.

    Of course I was quite excited to get out and shoot so my
    hands might not have been too steady my first time out.
    Looking for improvement on the next go around. Both firearms
    got cleaned and back in the safe patiently waiting for there next outing.

    Hopefully not another 8 months. ;)
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2008
  7. smi1inj

    smi1inj New Member

    Nov 6, 2012
    What did you wind up paying? I'm in the same situation, wondering a good price for a COLT 1911 Series 80?
  8. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Uhh, this is a 4 year old thread and the original poster is no longer posting here.
  9. ka64

    ka64 Well-Known Member

    May 1, 2011
    Richmond & Sterling Michigan

    $650 for this one about 18 months ago. Start a new post if ya want, no need piggy backin a 4 year old one................

    Welcome to the club. ;)

  10. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    EDIT: Didn't notice this was 4 years old LOL.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012
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