In the upcoming March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, author Steve Ausband writes, “The Colt Mark IV Series 70 is a gun with immediate appeal to two groups of shooters: the ones who really like nostalgia when it’s perfectly done (count me among them) and the ones who want a very solid 1911 on which to build the gun of their dreams. After all, the 1911 is the most customizable handgun in the world, and a number of shooters prefer starting their custom job with something made by the old firm in Hartford, Connecticut, with a prancing horse on the slide. I spent a few days putting this particular ‘horse’ through its paces, and I was very pleased with the results.”
The Mark IV Series 70 is a 1911A1 with a couple essential modern improvements. The gun has good high-profile sights, with the front sight staked and the rear sight in a dovetail groove. Ausband continues, “The feed ramp is relieved in an interesting fashion: Only a bare minimum of metal was removed from the bottom center of the ramp. This is unlike some of the more radical throating jobs I’ve seen on 1911s, but it obviously works, as the gun digested everything I fed it, from ball ammo to hollow points with gaping cavities. And that’s about it. This Colt is the same one that fought wars and righted wrongs since its introduction, only now it has sights you can see and will feed hollow points.”

To find out more and see how the Colt Mark IV Series 70 performed, check out the March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally December 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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