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In recent years I've lost track of current Colt models, hence my ignorance about what to me is a 'recent' model. Today in a pawnshop I looked at a Series 80 (so marked) Govt Model in Super .38, with brushed stainless steel finish on flat surfaces, dull matt finish on concave surfaces. I can't find this model on Colt's website, so I assume it is no longer in production.

Serial number (which alas, I didn't write down) was etched rather than stamped. Stocks were black rubber with (I think) inset Colt logos. Black plastic long trigger; flat longitudinally grooved mainspring housing. Good fixed sights--by 'good' I mean sharp and visible, with three white dots. While I didn't look for all of the 'enhanced' features, I noticed the weapon did not have the slight relief cut in the front gripstrap just below the triggerguard.

This weapon was what I'd call a traditional pattern, with spur hammer and conventional grip safety, as opposed to a skeleton burr hammer and duck's derriere grip safety. Slide serrations were at a 90 degree angle to the long axis of the slide, as opposed to being raked forward. Condition was excellent, with a few minor work scratches, bore mint.

This pawnshop, while not cheap, usually prices its firearms within the realm of reality. They wanted $995 plus tax for the above weapon. My problem is that I remember too far back pricewise, and haven't paid much attention to Colt prices in recent years. I could only find a few examples on AuctionArms, and none in this caliber, for price comparision. Is this overly expensive, or more or less average? Your opinions are solicited.
 

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Colt came out with this Government Model MK IV Series 80 in S/S and .38 super cal. around 1989. I bought one new in the box from a dealer in Nov. 1989. This was prior to the later upgraded and enhanced models. I have since reworked it to include adj. rear and replacable front blade sights, beaver tail grip safety, Bar-sto match barrel and bushing, and misc. other improvements. Quite a good shooter! The retail in 89 was about $550. $995 sounds a bit high unless it is basically unused and has the original packaging and paper work. The box was the woodgrain cardboard sleeve with a styrofoam 2 piece insert. At the time I was a shooter and saw no problem upgrading to better specs and preformance.
 

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Last Dec. I bought a bright stainless 38 super S80 for $950 from a dealer here in WA. The gun was as new condition, no box. I took it to the range once and sold it a few weeks ago. Nothing wrong with it just didn't like the caliber. I guess I prefer 45. I sold it on GI for $1100 in 3 days. Don't know what it's really worth but Colt supers are a prize in Mex. so there is a market for them there. Jim
 

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... Don't know what it's really worth but Colt supers are a prize in Mex. so there is a market for them there. Jim
I only live 40 miles from Mexico...but I don't need the money bad enough to risk spending my golden years as a guest of the Mexican government.

The pistol I saw has no box or other original stuff and has been fired; my interest in it would be as a shooter. From your experience, sounds as if, while no bargain, it's not priced ridiculously high, but just at the top of market. Thanks to those who replied.
 

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That's a good price in my area.

I got one just like it, with the box and a custom barrel of unknown manufacture. Has MMC sites but will change to Novaks. I thought it was a good deal at $1150 for the Novak cut and barrel. I'd jump on the one at the pawn shot
 

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That sounds like the standard model of the 1991A1 line and likely has the old roll mark down the side. They have the black plastic trigger and silver plastic MSH. I can't see paying that amount for one, but then again I can't find one for too much less than that in North Florida. I can say that I own three 1991A1's with the old roll marking (big 1991A1 down the side) and their used prices were all right at $500. But they are all .45 ACP's.
 
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