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Sorry, this is a newbie question.
How do I go about finding a Series 70 Colt Government I would like to use a base gun for custom smithing.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

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Online auctions. Be advied however that prices for a Series 70 in good shape are climbing rapidly, so you won't likely find one for less than $700. You might want to consider a new Colt M1991A1 instead, or else a Springfield.

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Keep your eyes peeled on www.gunbroker.com and www.auctionarms.com, or else look at the classifieds at www.gunsamerica.com.

Be careful of what you buy, though. Not everybody is honest about what they have, especially when it comes to used guns. If you see something that strikes your fancy feel free to e-mail me offline, giving me the link to the ad and what questions you have. I can look at it and give you my .02 cents. Don't worry, I won't buy it out from under you.


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Well..... kinda.

Anything in decent shape will work. A lot of 'smiths like the S70 because it is a Colt, yet doesn't have the firing pin safety. Question is, just how "full-house" are you looking at? If you don't intend to have much left of the original parts when you're done I might suggest buying a frame/slide set from Caspian, Les Baer, or Wilson. It might even save you a few bucks since you won't be paying any extra for a high front strap, .250 frame tang, or slide/frame fitting.

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[This message has been edited by dsk (edited 09-25-2001).]
 

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That was kinda my thinking... cutting a Series 70 is something I'd be a little leery of, since they ARE around 30 years old. I'd also be leery of a pistolsmith unable to deliver a proper custom pistol on a Series 80 platform.

IMHO it would be more appropriate, probably cheaper and work out just as well in the end to start with a Mk IV Series 80 (some of those suckers are CHEAP, looks better than 1991A1), XSE (best roll marks out there) or 1991A1 (I'd hold out for the new ones with better roll marks).

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If you barbarianize a Series 70 Colt, you will be banned from this board for ever! Deat to the Colt wrecker !!!

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This is exactly the reason why I have not mounted a full beavertail on my Enhanced Model; because if I start cutting on that Colt frame, and I mess up, I CAN'T REPLACE IT. I will probably send it back to the factory to have a beavertail mounted. Or, I might just say screw it and order a Special Combat Government. Why not?

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Sh*t, man, Heinie is gonna work on it? Why didn't you say so? That kinda changes things... the only way Heinie is gonna reduce the value of anything is if he cuts it in half with a torch.


I still wouldn't have him work on a Series 70 though. He's going to replace everything but the slide and frame anyway, so you might as well send him an XSE.

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