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Post by Djr3444 Thu Sep 09, 2021 1:39 pm

I have a colt 1973 government model mkIV series 70 that a just purchased. It’s Clark hard ball modified. Just wanted to know a little more about the gun and what’s it’s worth.. Thank you…

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Post by Wobbley Thu Sep 09, 2021 1:52 pm

Depends on condition and the age of the conversion.  For a range of values anywhere from $1100-$1600.  Not much by today’s standards.
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Post by BE Mike Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:45 am

Did it come with a test target? A new Clark hardball 1911 runs $2,645 or $1,400 done one a 1911 you send to them. For bullseye shooters, mechanical condition is everything. Appearance isn't so important to most serious competitors. Post a pic!
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Post by james r chapman Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:51 am

Pictures!!!
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Post by kc.crawford.7 Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:58 pm

It also depends on which Clark built, worked on etc.  As already stated, pics and make sure to include one of the bottom of the slide.  Should be a year (last 2) that the pistol was built.
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Post by Djr3444 Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:52 am

I’m trying to post pictures . Are they coming up?

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Post by Wobbley Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:02 am

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Post by Djr3444 Sat Sep 11, 2021 4:30 pm

How do I post pictures

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Post by Djr3444 Sat Sep 11, 2021 4:40 pm

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Post by james r chapman Sat Sep 11, 2021 5:19 pm

Yep, ‘73, Clark shark tooth stippling.
Still need a picture of the underside of the slide showing any signature marks or dates
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Post by Djr3444 Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:10 pm

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Post by james r chapman Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:52 pm

Probably, but, if you remove the slide stop pin and remove the slide assembly intact you should see some information on the bottom
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Post by Wobbley Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:00 pm

That’s no longer a “Hardball” as service guns do not allow the rib.  So someone attached the rib.  That makes it a “standard” wad gun from an unknown source.  The “Clark” marking has become virtually meaningless at this point.
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Post by Jon Eulette Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:08 pm

Wobbley wrote:That’s no longer a “Hardball” as service guns do not allow the rib.  So someone attached the rib.  That makes it a “standard” wad gun from an unknown source.  The “Clark” marking has become virtually meaningless at this point.
I wouldn’t take it that far, it’s a rail vs. iron sights. Doesn’t affect the build in any way.
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Post by Djr3444 Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:16 pm

What’s the gun worth? I’ve shot the gun.. very accurate.

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Post by chiz1180 Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:25 pm

Probably anywhere from $12-1600 depending on buyer. Not a true hardball gun anymore, so from a “collectors” perspective that hurts it a bit. My number is just a guess from watching GB, real value is what someone is willing to pay, could be less, could be more.
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Post by Jon Eulette Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:26 pm

Wobbley wrote:Depends on condition and the age of the conversion.  For a range of values anywhere from $1100-$1600.  Not much by today’s standards.
Guesstimating on BE-L
Is frame to slide fit tight or loose? Is the barrel still locking up good or it shot loose? Most older Clark’s are loose. Is it a Tuner gun?
Did someone screw with the gun after it was built by Clark? Very common by the way.
So it boils down to what is someone willing to pay regardless of asking price.
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Post by Djr3444 Sat Sep 11, 2021 10:34 pm

Thanks guys

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