Colt Looking for a 1970 Colt MKIV SERIES '70

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  1. OregonDistance

    OregonDistance Member

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    Sep 20, 2019
    Hello,

    I'm looking for a Colt MKIV 70's Series with a 1970 Date of Manufacture. I *think* the serial numbers include: 70G01001 to 70G05550.

    Any advice on how best to find one?

    Thank you in advance for your consideration of this question.

    /Steve
     
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  2. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014

    Prayers and supplications to St.John Moses Browning . . . .
     
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  3. OregonDistance

    OregonDistance Member

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    Sep 20, 2019
    Ha! Thanks, @ZoidMeister, I won't rule it out....

    Anyone else have a lead?
     
  4. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014

    I have a Series 70 that I would part with, unfortunately it's from the other side of the decade - 1979 . . . .
     
  5. OregonDistance

    OregonDistance Member

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    Sep 20, 2019
    Thank you, really appreciate it. I'm going to hold the course for now, and keep looking for that 1970 date.
     
  6. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I'm wondering if the date you are looking for isn't properly called a pre-series 70 gun. The earliest Series 70 I can remember was from 1972.

    The serial number range seems right for a Series 70 however.
     
  7. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Just did some poking around. 1970 was pre-series 70, or if they did make a Series 70, it was very late in the year, possibly making the MK/IV a real unicorn.

    I'll do some heavy research tomorrow, but here is what I found doing a quick search. It's a pre-series 70 from 1970 - not a MK/IV

    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/868490990

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  8. OregonDistance

    OregonDistance Member

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    Sep 20, 2019
    Great find! I really appreciate you searching. I *think* you're right, in that Colt started manufacturing the Series 70 later in that year. The gunbroker serial number, 334373C, appears to fit in the early 1970 run 332650C to 336169C. I'm grabbing these serial numbers here: https://www.guncollectorsclub.com/1911.htm

    Thank again!
     
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  9. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Yeah, I have never seen a true MK/IV Series 70 from 1970 in the flesh, so to speak. 1972 forward, lots of them. That's why my "prayers and supplication" comment. I wish you luck in your search. Birth year gun I am guessing.

    Great link by the way. Now I know why finding my birth year gun has been sooooo difficult.

    Z

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  10. OregonDistance

    OregonDistance Member

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    Sep 20, 2019
    Thats a really small production run! Thanks again!

    /Steve
     
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  11. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

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    May 15, 2017
    Supposedly 1971 production of the Series 70 GM started at serial number 70G05551.
     
  12. OregonDistance

    OregonDistance Member

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    Sep 20, 2019
    Thank you, @Lakeman45, so then I *might* be on the right track looking for a serial number between: 70G01001 to 70G05550.
     
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  13. Stentor

    Stentor NRA Life Member Supporting Addict

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    Sep 21, 2015
    They are out there--I picked up this large-letter MKIV from 1970 on Gunbroker (in the serial range you noted above). She has since spent some time with Ted Yost (and received quite a makeover; pre-Yost picture below). Good luck in your search.

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  14. OregonDistance

    OregonDistance Member

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    Sep 20, 2019
    Ah Ha! So they do exist, @Stentor! Thanks for the confirmation. (You don't have another in the safe that you'd like to sell me?)
     
  15. 1L26

    1L26 Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    I've got one of those.... My former off duty/go to court gun...
     
  16. OregonDistance

    OregonDistance Member

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    Sep 20, 2019
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  17. OregonDistance

    OregonDistance Member

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    Sep 20, 2019
    Well, that 1970 Colt sold for $3,750. I bid twice my initial "limit," and still lost. I might be naive about what this is going cost me....

     
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  18. Karl Beining

    Karl Beining Well-Known Member Sponsor

    Oct 8, 2015
    It got downright sporty there at the end, I think a patient buyer that hunts hard may find a shooter grade example a fair amt cheaper.
     
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    Hunt5877 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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