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    70 series vs. 80 series 1911

    I suppose I could find it all out for myself, but, asking you guys is alot more informative and fun. What are the major differences between 70 and 80 series 1911 pistols? Which is better....and why? Is this the same as 1911 vs. 1911 A1? I am ignorant about auto's, particularly 1911's. But, someday I will get one.....if I live long enough!!!! Bob

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    The 80s series has a bunch of 'safety' crap Saint John Moses Browning never intended to to be a part of the workings. The Taurus 1911s have 80 series cagad,,,, stuff
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    Mick said it pretty well.....


    The 80 series safety stuff in the frame and slide prevent the hammer from hitting the firing pin if the gun somehow drops and the stars are aligned and the earths magnetic poles switch and well you get my drift.
    I have a couple series 80's they shoot and work perfect, I just am put out by the idea of it. Love the guns though.
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    So.....that's it????? What's the big deal? We all, well most of us, prefer older steel S&W's, too! Is that the only big deal with them? So, basically, they are both good? The modern Ruger and S&W pistols have hammer blocks, and magazine disconnects. Is this sort of the same type of issue with 1911 Colts, too? Bob

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    Yep, basicly. There are some minor changes but really just cosmetic. Colt and most used forged frames Ruger uses a cast frame.... Some are made overseas many are made here.

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    Yep thats it just more parts to break and make things less reliable! I won't have a series 80 and I won't own a revolver with a key slot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob K View Post
    I suppose I could find it all out for myself, but, asking you guys is alot more informative and fun. What are the major differences between 70 and 80 series 1911 pistols? Which is better....and why? Is this the same as 1911 vs. 1911 A1? I am ignorant about auto's, particularly 1911's. But, someday I will get one.....if I live long enough!!!! Bob
    The Series 70 is just about a 1911-A1, which was just a product improvement of Brownings 1911 design. The Series 80 has a couple of safety features added. Some folks mightly dislike any such additions. Recon what they'd have done when cars went from mechanical to hydraulic breaks, etc.? Which is better? The more recent improvements to the 1911 make it a better pistol. The sights are better. The reliability via throating, etc., is better. The safety is better. I've own both types. They are both very fine pistols.

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    Hmmm? I have, and use both. Never had a problem with either. Since the series 80 (stainless) is my Winter carry gun, one could say it is nice to have the "EXTRA" safeties-- should it ever be needed-- In court my attorney can say 'see, he wanted to be 'SAFE' when it is all said and done, does it matter?? I rather doubt it. I know where there is a brushed nickel series 70-- the asking price is $975.00 -- about DOUBLE what I paid for either of mine.
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    Tusker, As time goes by, and the prices skyrocket........we all wish that we had bought S&W's and Colt's years ago....when they were considerably cheaper. I know now.....that I should have bought more Smith's, when they were made better, and cost much less. Bob

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    The Springfield frame and slide are made in Brazil. Most likely other parts may also be produced there. I believe my example was assembled in the USA. I removed the ILS system and replaced it with Wilson mainspring housing.

    The Colt is a series 80 that individuals complain about. The fit and finish is better than the 70 series production of previous decades. I replaced the mainspring housing on the 80 series as it was plastic and with a Wilson mainspring housing.

    People bitch about the one piece guide rod. Personally it’s not a nettlesome issue. The recoil spring is another topic of debate. I use the 16# rated spring. Shock buffs are a waste of time and space. As for magazines in my opinion certain OEM magazines are problematic.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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