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Looks like an ''Idiot Dent'', no?

Seems to be in the path of the usual idiot scratch.

Hope it gets a few more beauty marks in a long lifetime of going to the range, shooting, carry, and other normal uses a 1911 was meant for! 馃嵒
 

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This is bnib at an ffl - regardless I don't care and the price was right! Once I get it and open it up I will "fix" whatever it needs. Extractor, sear/trigger tune. I am going to assume since it is an NM barrel that the bushing should be reasonably fit.

I will be brutally honest, I am going to compare fit and manufacturing and what not against my SA and Tisas. Same way for the Kimber I snagged. I want to know how they stack up. Going to be fun. And the collection is growing.
 

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I think you'll be pleasantly pleased with your new Colt when it arrives. I've had my "divorce present" Competition in .45 ACP for about 6 years now and it has been a great pistol.

As per @fnfalman , I'd get the parts to swap out the dual-recoil spring assembly. The only difference is that now that I've swapped mine over to a Wilson flat-wire recoil spring and matching Wilson guide rod, I would've done it sooner. Depending on what you're running for ammo, the factory dual-spring assembly is somewhere between over-sprung and severely over-sprung for a .45, in my opinion. Of course mine does get a steady diet of 200 grain lead SWC reloads over a mild dose of Winchester 231, which work much better with a 15-pound flat wire spring, but the factory recoil assembly
really seems to work best with hot ball and defensive JHP loads.

My particular pistol is also very accurate with those 200 grain LSWC loads; it turned in a 2" 5-shot group at 25-yards when curiosity convinced me to attempt to bench test it. Plenty good enough for me out of what was then an $800 production pistol. And it stands out in a world of boring black plastic 9mm striker guns.

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Well I went on a spree this morning because I ran across two deals that I could have, but didn't pass up. NIB with a slight factory blemish/nick you can see on the left trigger scallop - doesn't bother me. The price was right.

One was this Colt competition series 70 with fiber optic sight and adjustable rear. Colt's Manufacturing LLC

Tips, tricks, issues to watch for?

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I'm looking at the Gold Cup that looks just like that, but with the adjustable rear sight.

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This is bnib at an ffl - regardless I don't care and the price was right! Once I get it and open it up I will "fix" whatever it needs. Extractor, sear/trigger tune. I am going to assume since it is an NM barrel that the bushing should be reasonably fit.

I will be brutally honest, I am going to compare fit and manufacturing and what not against my SA and Tisas. Same way for the Kimber I snagged. I want to know how they stack up. Going to be fun. And the collection is growing.
It will not be as tight as a new SA. It just won't. Colt doesn't build'em that way. My Garrison was way tighter and is likely more accurate. But the colt has better internals, hands down. My colt comp is stainless.
 

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Ive used a few of those exact pistols and I modify them :

fit a Harrison flat bottom FPS to prevent clocking
tune the extractor
replace the MSH with Ed Brown arched metal
GI guide rod and Wolff spring
fit the Thumb safety
Yep. I have all spares to do that except a blued msh. I will have it detail stripped and extractor dialed before it even sees a round through it. I also like a 14# recoil spring with my small radius fps.
 

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I'll probably get some static from the rare few that know me personally.

If it shoots marginally low left, don't adjust it. You are the problem.
It's the first thing I have to correct if I've been off the platform for a bit.
Hint, you are "punching" at the trigger. Called other things it amounts to the same thing. Drives the muzzle low left.


The usual suspects have hit on all the obvious.
Disassemble, clean, lube.
Extractor, unless you want the brass to the forehead conformation of proper hold :rolleyes:
Any weak eject is a trip to Wolff Gunsprings or you're shooting weak ammunition or your hold is weak.
Grip safety spring adjust.
My personal flavor to taste, the firing pin retainer plate. Square, radiused, radiused some more. Take your pick. I have my own ides and they vary from pistol to application to use to ...

Some may differ but the "O" frame in all it's variations are as individual as people. No two are the same. Go out and put enough time on it before you start pissing it off with crap it does not need.

Nice find. Enjoy!
 

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It will not be as tight as a new SA. It just won't. Colt doesn't build'em that way. My Garrison was way tighter and is likely more accurate. But the colt has better internals, hands down. My colt comp is stainless.
^ This.

If I hold my Competition upside down by the bottom of the grip and shake it, it sounds like a baby rattle. Neither my RIA or Girsan make so much as a sound doing the same test. The Colt out shoots both easily.
 

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Just in case.

I practically can recite the relevant parts of that by heart :D Excellent teaching tool!
 

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I fit the new EGW fps last night - tried to utilize the stock extractor but it was way too long and deflection was very high. Easier just to fit an EGW HD extractor, less work and a better part. Dialed in deflection perfectly by reducing the pad a bit and hook height came down to .032" - everything looks great. Oh yeah I ditched the dual recoil spring and put a 14# Wolf spring in. I have a steel mainspring housing to install but ran out of time last night.

I also fit a new spare safety I had that has a bigger thumb pad, the Colt one is tiny. Fitting the sear blocking lug went easy, but once fit it would not "snap" upwards. So I reprofiled the plunger wall (or whatever that part is called) to get a steeper "wall" and a deeper pocket. Boom, now it snaps both ways. I am going to cold blue the part I worked on and nobody will be the wiser.

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The stock sear I polished up is working fine and engagement to the hooks is clean, the deep scratches are not in a problem area so I am going to leave it for now. I am out of the Grieder short triggers but will have a couple arriving next week. Can't wait to run some rounds through it this weekend to dial in the sights and test the pistol out.

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