I had a very unexpected but pleasant surprise today. There I was counting down the hours to go home from the shop, had a couple of calls at the station last night that made for little sleep, and when I least expect it I'm handed a transfer to take care of for a customer who had a Colt shipped in for him. Well little did I know what was inside the box. An unfired, NIB, old stock, 1974 Colt MK IV Series 70 with the electroless nickel satin finish. This has got to be one of the nicest, plain jane 1911's my hands have ever held. It had the factory Pachmayr grips with the gold Colt medallion inserts. The gentleman who was taking it had an accident in the past where he is now missing his thumb and index finger on his left hand. We take it apart to inspect it and it still had the green packing grease. The gentleman looks at me and says, my hand has been bothering me today, would you do me the favor of shooting a mag or two through it to make sure all is well. The customer is always right, so who am I to say no? We didn't add any lube and I went in put the target back to about 12 yards and cranked out 2 mags worth of ammo through the gun. I know 2 mags is nothing to count for the reliability of a firearm, but folks this gun is older than I am and it functioned flawlessly. The gun made me look like a sharpshooter. This was one of the nicest 1911 shooting experiences I have yet to have so far in my time, and the Pachmayr grips feel great and make the recoil feel even softer. This really made my day, especially after the horrible shooting experience with the Remington earlier on. I know it's silly, but today made me see first hand why so many guys LOVE the "Old" Colt 1911's. I'm just glad I was the one that had the opportunity to test out this fine piece of Colt Nostalgia if you will. The only picture I have is this one from my cell phone after shooting it. I thought some of you guys might appreciate the story, it really did brighten my day today at work.