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Old 12-20-2019, 05:50 AM   #1
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Colt Builds the Perfect 1911

Colt has finally built a 1911 that's as close to perfect as if I'd speced it myself. No-frills, no rail, no duck-butt, flat mainspring housing, spur hammer, lowered but not flared ejection port, and sights you can see. Except for the short trigger, it's absolutely identical to my Perfect House Gun I built up in the '80s.

And it has the beautiful pre-Mark IV slide markings I covet. I've often said the only way my Perfect House Gun could be more perfect is if it were built on a real pre-Mark IV Colt instead of its Essex frame/Ithaca slide.

Price isn't bad, either. I'm seriously coveting this thing (along with their 3" King Cobra):

https://www.colt.com/detail-page/1911-classic

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I'd add that to my collection too!
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this one is far closer to perfect than Colt's. Yeah, it started life as a box stock Colt Government Model but lacked ambi-safety, long trigger, flat mainspring housing and tritium sights. I'd go back to the issue grips but would keep the long trigger, ambi-safety, flat mainspring housing and night sights.




Price is good, though. Only $200 higher than what I paid 60 years ago.
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Even my cheap Rock Island compact is closer to perfect. All I did to it was add the ambi-safety.




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Even my cheap Rock Island compact is closer to perfect. All I did to it was add the ambi-safety.



Sorry, I'm just not a fan of all the bells and whistles and fender skirts and mud flaps and spinny wheels. Simple is elegant.
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Snake, my TO&E weapon for the last 10 before retiring was a box stock 1911. Granted, it was seldom a Colt, but still...
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Side Note: IMO, all 1911s should come standard with an ambi-safety. Ya'll North paws will appreciate it when the strong side is now the weaker side.
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Colt has finally built a 1911 that's as close to perfect as if I'd speced it myself. No-frills, no rail, no duck-butt, flat mainspring housing, spur hammer, lowered but not flared ejection port, and sights you can see. Except for the short trigger, it's absolutely identical to my Perfect House Gun I built up in the '80s.

And it has the beautiful pre-Mark IV slide markings I covet. I've often said the only way my Perfect House Gun could be more perfect is if it were built on a real pre-Mark IV Colt instead of its Essex frame/Ithaca slide.

Price isn't bad, either. I'm seriously coveting this thing (along with their 3" King Cobra):

https://www.colt.com/detail-page/1911-classic
With the exception of the much more tasteful roll marks, how is this not the standard 1991? That's almost exactly the pistol I bought in 2011.
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With the exception of the much more tasteful roll marks....
They're the whole point!

With the exception of the roll mark, it's pretty much identical to my homebuilt house gun.
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They're the whole point!

With the exception of the roll mark, it's pretty much identical to my homebuilt house gun.
Got it... And yeah, I absolutely LOVE that Colt has returned to tasteful roll marks. Personally, I think Colt is killing it lately. Very interested in seeing the new Python in the flesh...I hope they hit a home run with the new Python.
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Personally, I think Colt is killing it lately. Very interested in seeing the new Python in the flesh...I hope they hit a home run with the new Python.
Hadn't heard about a new Python, interesting. But I agree with you they're going good things these days. The 3" and 4" King Cobras both interest me very much. The 3" in particular strikes me as a 21st Century version of Chick Gaylord's "Metropolitan Special."
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