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Do you know if the MSH is still plastic?
 
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I thought the regular Colt Competition was also series 70?
 

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I thought the regular Colt Competition was also series 70?
Do you mean the Gold Cup?
I am not up on all Colt offers, but my 2011 1911 has the Flat MSH & long trigger.
It has the S80 safety system.
As far back as I can remember Colt put a Flat MSH & long trigger on the Gold Cups.

Seems like Colt is trying to do factory mods to stay competitive with other Company's.
 

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Do you mean the Gold Cup?
I am not up on all Colt offers, but my 2011 1911 has the Flat MSH & long trigger.
It has the S80 safety system.
As far back as I can remember Colt put a Flat MSH & long trigger on the Gold Cups.

Seems like Colt is trying to do factory mods to stay competitive with other Company's.
I'm looking at this:

https://www.colt.com/detail-page/competition-ser70-45acp-bl-81

I think the main difference between this and the new Plus version is the front strap checkering, but I may be wrong.
 

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I thought the regular Colt Competition was also series 70?
Earlier ones a few years ago were Series 80.

I'm looking at this:

https://www.colt.com/detail-page/competition-ser70-45acp-bl-81

I think the main difference between this and the new Plus version is the front strap checkering, but I may be wrong.
This is accurate. I had a “blued" 9mm Colt Competition a few years ago.

From a post I put up just now at my local gun forum:

I got to handle this gun today.

Locks up tight, slide to frame fit is typical Colt. Not too tight, not too loose. Trigger breaks clean at what I am guessing is about 5 lbs. Mainspring housing is metal, as opposed to some I’ve seen that were plastic. 25LPI checkering front and back looks good. Slide flats are polished. Not to a high sheen but more of a brushed finish, but very nice looking. Undercut trigger guard. Rear Novak sight is adjustable for elevation. Thumb safety is squishy, like other new Colts I’ve handled and owned. Overall it looks like it’s worth the money. I was at the LGS when they closed early at 3 today so we didn’t do a deal today, and I have two friends that may be interested in it, so we’ll see on Friday morning.
 

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I had a two-tone Colt S70 Competition in .45, it was a very nice gun, good shooter and very accurate. The only thing it needed was checkering. If I hadn't replaced mine with a Custom Shop modded S70 reissue I'd grab one of these new Competitions.
 

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Whoa...wait a minute. A previous post stated that colt uses plastic triggers and plastic mainspring housing. Is this true?...I finally have Colts on the ok to buy list and always wanted one. Might not get it if they are truly using plastic...
 

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The Competitions have aluminum triggers and Colt has been using polymer MSHs in some of their guns for decades. If you want something different they're easily swapped. I changed the MSH in my Competition with a Chen SI magwell, the fit was near perfect.
 

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Last years model of Colt Competition is series 70 with long aluminum trigger and plastic MSH. I replaced the MSH with a stainless chain link, and put on a short trigger (small hands, smells like cabbage). Still under $1,000 with a trigger job that I did myself. The pistol shoots great.
 
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Locks up tight, slide to frame fit is typical Colt. Not too tight, not too loose. Trigger breaks clean at what I am guessing is about 5 lbs. Mainspring housing is metal, as opposed to some I’ve seen that were plastic. 25LPI checkering front and back looks good. Slide flats are polished. Not to a high sheen but more of a brushed finish, but very nice looking. Undercut trigger guard. Rear Novak sight is adjustable for elevation. Thumb safety is squishy, like other new Colts I’ve handled and owned. Overall it looks like it’s worth the money. I was at the LGS when they closed early at 3 today so we didn’t do a deal today, and I have two friends that may be interested in it, so we’ll see on Friday morning.
I picked up one recently as I couldn't resist. My points for comparison are a STI Trojan, a handfull of early Kimber Series I guns (Royal, Gold Matches, etc.), and a few recent Dan Wessons. It's my first Colt.

Fieldgrade's remarks are accurate regarding my example. The safety is stiff and the lever itself is the more narrow "carry" profile. It has a slight click when going to fire, but is squishy when going to safe. The beavertail is not as blended as my other guns. The undercut is well done and the checkering has a very aggressive bite to it. The grips are also aggressive. The slide fit is loose, compared to my other examples, enough that you can rock it up/down and side/side by hand. The trigger is pretty good, and MSH is metal.

Surprisingly, only came with one mag. Seller says this is a new Colt trend. True?

Undecided if it's a keeper or a seller at this point.
 
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