SOLD FOR: $2,404.97
Model: Delta Gold Cup
Serial Number: DG03737
Year of Manufacture: 1990 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: 10mm Auto
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “DELTA GOLD CUP / -COLT AUTO-” with “10mm” in triangle, the right is marked “DELTA GOLD CUP”. The left of the trigger guard bow is marked “0” and “VP” in triangle, the right is marked “8”, the right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” with the serial number, the barrel is marked “CAL 10MM AUTO”. The left of the trigger guard is marked “Y” and with “VP” in triangle, the right is marked “5”. The magazine floorplate is marked “COLT” and “10MM / AUTO” with a triangle in circle Delta Elite marking.
Barrel Length: 5”, 6″ to end of compensator bushing.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the top of the slide. The rear sight is square notch in a base adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the top of the slide. The top of the slide has a serrated rib and is matte-finished.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece wraparound textured black rubber with gold-outlined red triangle inside black circle Delta Elite medallions. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about 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 95% of its metal finish. There are some scattered light scratches and scuffs, including a scratch under the slide stop. The trigger, grip safety and barrel show operational wear. The screw heads are sharp, the pin heads are numarred. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide has very little play to the frame. The recoil spring assembly has been replaced with a full-length guide-rod and flatwire recoil spring. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a maroon cardboard Colt box with serial matching label, two-piece styrofoam inserts, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and the original recoil spring assembly. The box has scattered light scuffing, a few short tears at edges and wear and some light fraying at corners and edges, in about Very Good condition. A single 8-round magazine is included which shows light operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The Delta Elite was introduced in 1987 as a 10mm version of the 1911. The 1911 already had a following, of course, while the cartridge was popular as a result of Jeff Cooper’s involvement in its development and use in the Bren-10. It has remained popular with fans of the 1911 and the 10mm cartridge ever since. This example was made in 1990 and is the Delta Gold Cup, with all the features of the Gold Cup National Match in a 10mm chambering. It retains the vast majority of its finish with an after-market recoil spring assembly and copmensated bushing. It would make a fine addition to a Colt, 1911, or 10mm collection missing a Delta Elite or as a duty, carry, hunting sidearm or home defense handgun. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California, but CAN be sold as a PPT at our store in Simi Valley. This does not apply to out of state residents.