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So only one thing is keeping me from pulling the trigger (totally unintentional pun) on a new 1911 is the finish. I can't decide between a Blued Series 70 or a Stainless Series 70. I absolutely love stainless guns however the blued 1911 looks more like the stereo-typical "classic" 1911. I've been picturing the stainless model with either original grips or pearl grips with the silver medallions. If I got a blued 1911, I would probably put the aged "yellowish" faux ivory grips with silver medallions on it.

I know the original 1911s were blued. When did Colt start making the Stainless 1911's? I know people claim AMT made the first stainless 1911, The Hardballer, but after all it was a clone of the original series 70 right?

Which do you guys consider to be the more "classic" looking configuration? Which would you prefer to own?

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Dave
 

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Colt made a Series 70 Combat Commander (all steel version) in satin nickle between 1971 and 1980. I have one manufactured in 1972. This is another option, but they are rather scarce.


 
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What will be the primary use of the gun ? If you're just using it as a range gun, blue should be fine . If you are going to carry it or shoot IDPA or another activity where the gun will be subject to sweat or the elements or frequent draws from a holster , IMO you are better off with stainless.
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I'd have to say blue if your going with the range gun...I have one myself and it's a beauty...Now if your talking about a working gun to be carried, the SS is hard to beat...low maintenance. There are beauty queens then there are the ones you marry :D
 

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If you opt for pearl grips, use them only for display not for shootingIf you use them on your pistol to shoot, they will most likely crack.Took me 2 pair to finally believe itIvory is far more practical and is probably the best of all grip materials, at least IMHO
 
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