Nighthawk Custom is putting their own spin on the classic Colt Series 70 to make an all-around beaut of a 1911. The Custom Colt Series 70 is a retro-styled carry gun that looks great but is still built for everyday use.
Starting with a Colt 1911 Classic, Nighthawk Custom overhauled the fire control group with an all-new short match-grade solid trigger and fully machined disconnector, hammer strut, sear, and pin. They also polished and tuned the ejector and extractor as part of their complete action tune.
The Custom Colt Series 70 has a dovetailed rear sight by Harrison Design with a dovetailed Nighthawk Custom solid 14-carat gold bead front sight. Other upgraded components include a spurred hammer, custom mainspring housing, beavertail grip safety, tuned magazine release and slide stop and match-grade barrel bushing.
Nighthawk Custom also tightened the slide-to-frame fit, undercut the trigger guard, serrated the front strap with vertical cuts to match the mainspring housing and tuned the barrel for improved reliability. Tuning the barrel includes cutting a target crown, reaming and polishing the chamber, polishing the barrel throat and re-cutting and polishing the feed ramp.
Along with the chamber and feed ramp work, Nighthawk also polishes the breech face on these Colt Series 70 pistols. Small, aesthetic but pleasant touches include a French border along the slide and the Nighthawk Custom logo on the frame in small print along the dust cover.
Wrapping things up the Custom Colt Series 70 gets a 17-pound recoil spring, a 19-pound mainspring and a brushed smoked nitride finish. The smoked nitride finish combines the look of an aged blued finish with the benefits and protections of a modern nitride finish.
Otherwise, this is a very traditional 1911 chambered for .45 ACP, with a 7+1-round standard magazine capacity, a full-size 5-inch barrel and slide and Government frame. It has standard-width diamond hardwood checkered grips and standard serrated safety and slide release levers. Unloaded it weighs 39 ounces.
The Nighthawk Custom Colt Series 70 is a gorgeous .45 that’s not just retro, it’s timeless. The changes are major but hardly visible at a glance and mostly improve the function and reliability of the pistol. With its tuned performance, highly visible sights and durable finish, this really is an everyday carry handgun, even if it looks like an heirloom piece.
Of course, neither Nighthawk Custom’s work nor the pony stamp come too cheap, and the Custom Colt Series 70 has a base price, as shown, of $2,599. Other add-ons and upgrades are available for a bit more, and may not be all that necessary. This is a solid package as-is.