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I won an auction on a Colt Series 80 in excellent condition and it is now working its way to me. I bought it to back up my Les Baer custom 1911 (which is friggin awesome, BTW) when I go to Blackwater again in April. (They say bring 2 guns, but I doubt I will need the second...)

Anyhoo, I want the Colt to be a goto carry gun just like my Baer, so I was wondering what Colt experts would reccomend doing to the gun.

It is an early production model of the series 80, as it has the useless sights, short trigger and spur hammer. Finish is blued, and the grips are the old checkered walnut with the gold Colt medallion.

Suggestions on things to be upgraded/replaced are welcome, as well as who to do the gunsmithing work.
 

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Old 1911's only "need" three things to be viable-

* Decent sights
* Barrel throated for use with JHP ammo
* Smooth, clean-breaking trigger of about 4-5#.

Your older Series 80 may be fine in everything but the sight department. It might also still have the old collet barrel bushing, which I recommend replacing with a conventional solid type. Aside from that, just shoot it for awhile and see what you do or don't like abut it.
 
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