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I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new Colt Reproduction 1911A1 so I've been doing some reading up on the little dandy. Colt's website describes the pistol as having a "pre" series 70 ignition system. I was under the impression that all Colt's without the Series 80 modification were considered the same. I'm aware of the differences between the 1911 and the A1 but what of this Pre Series 70 thing?

Was there a modification of the original Browning design before the Series 80 came along?
 

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Thanks. I really like this forum. I learn more every day. You are correct about the exorbiant price of the new retros, but I have priced the originals at gunshows and there doesn't seem to be that much difference in price.

I plan to keep my eyes peeled for a good Sistema but I'm not really willing to pay a grand or so for an original 1911 USGI only to have to turn around and overhaul it to get it to shoot. I don't know where you guys have been shopping but gunshows here in Virginia DO NOT have Rem-Rands and old mis-matched Colts for four and five hundred bucks. LOL.


Without fail, if its USGI around here, the price tag starts off in the four digit zone and takes off from there. So yes, Colt is a little out of line with the tariff on the Reproduction piece. But I'm willing to pay it. I got a halfway decent price too... 910 out the door (depending on shipping, if he orders another gun from the same vendor the shipping will be split in half). Needless to say, I have an awesome local dealer.
 
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