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Just got a colt Mark 4 gov. Model series 80 45, made 1988. A few scratches on bright finish. Cleaned up real good, very smooth. Haven't fired yet. I haven't Owen a 1911 be for. Any info on it would be good.  Thanks Cuz

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37 minutes ago, gregintenn said:

What would you like to know?

Yes. What are you searching for? Are you familiar with the 1911? Have you shot them? Wanting to know in general about the 1911 pistols?

Or are you searching for information on this specific pistol?

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I'm guessing it belonged to Owen at one time... 😉

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Just info on gun from those that have owned them, what's to like or anything, reliability, anything I need to look for.  Thanks cuz

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Order and install a factory weight recoil spring (wolff makes good ones). These are good guns and if it hasn't been butchered with a dremel then the best reliability advice is keep the proper recoil spring in it.

Clean it, shoot it, enjoy. (Repeat as needed)

 

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1911's are highly addictive.  It's highly likely that this will not the only Colt or 1911 you will own.

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You've made an excellent choice for a first 1911. You just can't go wrong with a Colt.  :up:

If you're not already aware, the difference in the Series 80 is that it has a passive firing pin block safety where earlier 70 Series models didn't. Some people like to complain that it messes up the trigger pull, but I've never felt enough difference to worry about it. No big deal really. 

Buy good magazines. 1911s don't like junk mags. If you plan to use the gun for self defense or carry, I highly recommend Wilson Combat magazines. They are expensive, but worth every penny. These are the only mags I use for competition or carry. For just everyday range use there are plenty of good cheaper mags that will serve you well. Metalform makes the Colt factory mags and you can buy them cheaper straight from the company.

Other than that, you have just a basic, but very good 1911. Shoot it and enjoy! :D

BTW: we want pictures! 

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Thanks for info, will get recoil spring.  Thanks very helpful.  Cuz

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Go get some 230 grain ball ammo and let er rip.

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