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Colt quality?

How has you all,s experience been lately with Colt,s quality?I have read the last several years it has nosedived and was wonderin if they got it squared away.I am happy with my Colt .22 semi I bought over 25 years ago but am lookin to buy a 1911 and would like to give Colt a fair shake.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-05-2016, 10:15 PM
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Re: Colt quality?

I can only say that I which I kept all of the "snake" handguns I once owned. Doc in Pa.
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Re: Colt quality?

I believe colt is still making a quality 1911. You could always buy a used one if you don't trust the new ones.
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Re: Colt quality?

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I believe colt is still making a quality 1911. You could always buy a used one if you don't trust the new ones.
Colt just came out with some new / newer 45 auto's.

I have never heard of an issue with Colt firearms.
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Re: Colt quality?

G.O.B,

I would suggest first to know the differences in the Series 70, 80 and 90 1911A1.

<span style="text-decoration: underline"><span style="font-weight: bold">Series 70</span></span>- does not have a firing pin safety. It uses a barrel bushing at the muzzle, and a short guide rod with a knurled cap on the spring, that the bushing keeps captured.
<span style="text-decoration: underline"><span style="font-weight: bold">Series 80</span></span>- has a firing pin safety, and blocks the firing pin from dropping on the round without a trigger pull.
<span style="text-decoration: underline"><span style="font-weight: bold">Series 90</span></span>- 3" lightweight Defender or New Agent. They have a dual recoil spring with full length guide rod. They also have the Series 80 firing pin safety.

And an M1991 is a 1911 Series 80.

Here are two good vids to watch.

Colt 1911 Series 70/80/90

Good or Bad 1911

I like my 5", and liked my LW Defender. I sold the Defender because I now carry a Sig P938. Same basic design of a 1911, except the trigger is pinned, and there is no grip safety like a 1911. But it is smaller, and chambered in 9mm.

Personally I would say Colt and Kimber are comparable in quality. Rock Island and Citadel are cheaper, but less for name than quality. My Citadel was as reliable as my 5" Colt. R.I. and Citadel are Armscor Phillipine made weapons, but doesn't mean they are junk.


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Thanks a ton.
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How is Colts Customer Service?I know Rugers is top notch.
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Colt is not as good as it once was. It took @ 4 months for them to get a replacement recoil assembly to me. It was listed on a parts recall for the Defender. That was last year. The recall was 4-5 years old, and wasn't a safety issue. I happened to check, aand called. They said mine was never replaced. Choice was send the gun back, or they send the parts assembly.



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Maybe I was mistakin about the quality and it was the QC that I heard that went in the dumpster.I,m definitely gonna give Rugers a hard look too cause there is no doubt I know I will be takin care of.
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A Colt will always hold it's value.
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