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Series 70 vs. Series 80

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by carguy2244, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. carguy2244


    Jan 13, 2009
    Which do you prefer for self defense?
    1911 Series 70, which may have a nicer trigger, or the Series 80, which won't fire if dropped? (And no fair naming your namesake 1911)
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Mike, whether you're an outdoorsman at risk of falling butt over teakettle, or a cop, or a CCW holder or simply keep the gun for home defense, the weapon being dropped with a round in the chamber is a real possibility. Colt recognized the need for a locked firing pin at least twice over, first by creating the Series '80 with internal, passive firing pin lock, and second with a bright-colored tag on the first "re-issued Series '70 pistols" warning that they could go off if dropped with a round in the chamber.

    That kinda settles it for me, and all the Colt 1911s in my carry rotation are Series '80 with the parts in place. It doesn't get in the way of good shooting; I've been able to win matches with them.

    If you prefer the Series '70, I'd strongly suggest installation of a lightweight firing pin and a heavy duty firing pin spring to minimize the chance of an "inertia discharge" if the pistol is dropped or struck.


  3. carguy2244


    Jan 13, 2009
    I think I'll stay with the tupperware.
    As always, thanks Mas.