1974 - Ok Year For Colt?

Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by HEMIpowered, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. HEMIpowered

    HEMIpowered Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2019
    Howdy gang!
    Looking for some advice from the more knowledgeable here. I am interested in a Colt 1911 in the year of my birth, 1974. I know some of the Colt generations are considered better than others for assorted reasons. In my limited understanding, most early 70s models seem good to go, with "G" models seemingly most preferable.
    This gun's purpose? I would likely replace internals and controls, but nothing too crazy. I want to keep an era appropriate look. Will get shot often, I don't have safe queens. Just thought it would be cool to have a 1911 that's as old as me, so no real purpose.
    Any advice on particular models or things to watch out for would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!
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  2. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

    May 15, 2017
    The original 70 Series Colt Government Model (not a 1911) was an excellent pistol. It had a collet barrel bushing that some didn't like, but changing out the other small parts would serves no real purpose, and unless fitted by a competent gunsmith possibly wouldn't be as good as the originals.
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  3. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    My Birth year Colt 1911-A1 Government model made in 1951 like me & me House.
    As U can C it needs some love, so it's in line with my 1917 Colt it needs a new frame so
    I am working on Both right now. Both will become like new again it just takes some time
    & effort.

    Mikes 1951.JPG
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