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About a year ago, I bought a like new in the box Colt 1911 Series 70 blue pistol.

I finally took it upon myself to take it to the range and actually shoot it and was horrified.

I was all over the place on the target that was 10 yards away. Literally, my 7 shot groups were all over the target.

With my SIG 229, my friend's Berretta, and my Colt Python 4", I'm a very good and consistent shot - able to usually shoot very respectably.

My question - could it be the pistol and not me? I mean I was shooting the 229 during the same session and was able to do ok. I have also fired my friends Series 80 and done very well.

One thing that I can say is that the factory sights on the Series70 were very difficult to use.

Is this normal? If I got a set of good sights and a trigger job does anyone think that it would make a world of difference.

Second question - one kind of sights (front and rear) and trigger do you recommend and why ?

Any other modification I should make to improve performance/function? New barrel maybe? If so, what kind? (Don't want to lower the port, add any checkering, or bevel the mag well)
 

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I'd say it's the trigger, but if so it would be obvious. A second likely culprit is the collet bushing being either broken or poorly fitted. Go buy a drop-in solid bushing and see if that doesn't cure things. A cracked barrel link is another. Are you sure it was NIB when you bought it? A fresh Colt Series 70 should shoot nice, tight groups.

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No, this was fired before - it was a "like new in the box" which, now that I think about it - I don't even know what that's supposed to mean. It does have a perfect unmarred finish - very beautiful gun.
 

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As a fellow Southern Kalifornian, let me know if you ever decide to sell it! We can private party transfer. Don't let it leave the state -- it'll never return (sorry non-CA states, just trying to keep the number of "restricted" guns in state)!
 
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