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How does Colt stack up these days?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by mr00jimbo, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. mr00jimbo

    mr00jimbo

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    I have my eyes on a basic blued series 70 as soon as I can find one IN STOCK. :steamed:

    I've heard Colt's quality has been up and down over the years. It appears to be good right now, and I do quite enjoy the rollmark and look of the Colt.

    Any reason to stay away? Are they as overpriced as people say?
     
  2. rsxr22

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    I believe they are a bit overpriced, but personally havent heard anything negatively about quality. If a Colt is what I wanted, I would get a Colt. If I was unsure of brand, then there would be a few others I would be looking at instead such as SA, DW, and STI, in the price range
     

  3. ancient_serpent

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    Not sure how the ones now are, I have a like-new from '76 that's awesome. Good luck!
     
  4. CAcop

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    I think my Colts are better quality than my Springer Loaded. They are priced accordingly in my opinion. Also in my opinion anything in the 750-1000 range is going to be very comparable.
     
  5. MD357

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    Well that makes sense? :whistling: :supergrin:

    To the OP. Colts have a forged frame and slide and quality small parts, rather less MIM than most other production guns I can think of. They are great shooters, make for good base guns, and should you decide to resell your Colt you will get your money back. I'd say they stack up pretty well.
     
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  6. IndianaMatt

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    I recently bought a new Series 80 in stainless. I've so far put about 500 rounds through it. Its my first 1911-style gun so I'm still learning how to shoot and hold it properly.

    Overall, I think the quality is well worth what I paid for it (about $900). Sure, you can get a Springfield or Taurus for cheaper, but as MD357 said, the Colts do have forged parts. They appear to be very well made, and the talk around the internets lately is that Colt has really improved their quality. After buying and shooting one, I agree.

    Upon further inspection, the quality seems excellent. Finishing is great- no burrs or rough spots on the metal- and the gun fires perfect right out of the box. Out of about 500 rounds, I've have two FTF- which i attribute to my inexperience with big bore guns and probably a bit of limp-wristing. I also heard that 1911s need to be broken in over several hundred rounds to really function well, so the FTF may have something to do with that.

    Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of this gun, and I would own another one. I love shooting and handling it. While I'm no metallurgist or expert, I can tell the quality is there. I've taken it apart a few times, and there's none of the telltale signs of poor quality: this gun has no casting marks, no pitted metal inside, no unevenly-fitting parts, etc. From what I can tell, Colt really did a great job with it.

    Bonus: Its a Colt, man. The company basically owns 1911 history!
     
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  7. alwaysshootin

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    I had the very same question, way, way back last summer. Now mind you I have a reliable gun shop owner, who's opinion, I value. I asked him his opinion on the Colt offerings. His answer was, of the different U.S. manufactures of 1911's, other than Colt, it was rare for one ever being sent back for service. Colt on the other hand, regularly needed to be sent back for one problem or another. When spending around a grand, I don't really care to take a gamble.
     
  8. G27RR

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    The Colt Combat Elite is a good buy at around $900. Mine runs like it should and looks good doing it. I also have a Defender, but for the same money you can get an STI Escort with more features. I have had no quality or reliability issues with either one. I tend to favor STI these days but they do cost more.

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    I've bought a Combat Elite, a blued 70 Series Repro and a O1918 in the last few months and I've been happy with them all. The CE went back to Colt because it was shooting low but it gave me a chance to get the front strap checkered and a trigger job done. :supergrin:
     
  10. bac1023

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    They're a bit overpriced, in my opinion. However, they also hold their value better than just about any other 1911 around.

    Quality has been good.
     
  11. Nickpisp

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    That's exactly why I think they aren't overpriced.
     
  12. TxGun

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    I bought a SS Gold Cup Trophy model over the summer and I think it's a really nice pistol. No complaints at all. Accurate and reliable with excellent fit/finish. Worth it's price IMO (it was around $1000 delivered from Jet Guns).
     
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    If resale is a possibility when buying then your right. If functionality and features is what your looking for, then I'd personally take a STI all day. No knock to Colt, i just think theres options out there where you get more for the money
     
  14. bac1023

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    Eh, not necessarily.

    Some people want the best bang for the buck and don't care about resale.
     
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    STI doesn't make a gun that I like the looks of, won't be one in my safe.
     
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    Everyone has their own tastes! I do not care for the way Colt's look, same thing with the majority of LB's that I come across. I respect Colt for what they are and what they were. I will own one one day, but i will probably just use it as a base for a custom build.
     
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    They did a nice job with the Legacy.


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    Sorry, but I'll take STI over Colt anyday from a fitting, quality, and shootability standpoint.
     
  18. rsxr22

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    +1 for the Legacy +1 for STI's fitting, quality, and shootability
     
  19. COLDSTEEL165

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    Bought myself a new S & W full size 1911 for about $830.00 coulden't be more happier with it, It's not a Colt but maby one day when I hit the Lottery.