SOLD FOR: $1,575.00
Model: Series ’80 MK IV Gold Cup National Match
Serial Number: SN31234
Year of Manufacture: 1991 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine (no magazine included)
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”GOLD CUP / NATIONAL MATCH” and with a trophy cup. The left side of the slide is marked “SERIES ’80 COLT MK IV / GOLD CUP NATIONAL MATCH” with the rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and with the serial number. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO N.M.-“. The right side of the trigger guard is marked with “7” and the left is marked “2” and “VP” in triangle. The top of the rear sight is marked “ELLIASON”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the full-length rib on the top of the slide. The rear sight is an adjustable Elliason target sight for windage and elevation pinned to the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a wraparound textured black rubber grip with silver-colored Colt medallions. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. The grip is in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. The polished flats have somes scattered light scuffs and scratches including a scratch under the slide stop from reassembly. The serrations and screw heads are sharp with the exception of the rear two serrations on the left of the slide which have some light marrring. The pin heads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit is tight with very little play. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a cardboard colt box with serial-matching label, blue plastic Colt case, one 7-round stainless magazine, bushing wrench, and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. The magazine’s floorplate is marked with a rampant Colt, “COLT / 45 AUTO”, “M” and “S”, showing light operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine condition. The box has wear at edges and corners, in about Very Good condition. The case has only a few scattered light marks, in Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: Colt Gold Cup National Match pistols were the benchmark standard for a .45 Auto target pistol for decades. With hand-fitted parts, match grade barrels and bushings, adjustable target sights and a wider trigger adjustable for over-travel, they came from Colt’s factory with upgrades you could spend more than the price of the pistol to have done by a gunsmith on a standard 1911. As advances were made in metallurgy, stainless steel pistols become an option, and a stainless model was added to the Gold Cup National Match line. This one has light wear consistent with infrequent use and long-term storage. The lucky winner will likely have a pistol just as accurate as when this pistol first left the factory. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible (Curio or Relic List ATF P 5300.11 Page 7) handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.