SOLD FOR: $2,004.97
Model: Delta Elite
Serial Number: DE09013
Year of Manufacture: 1987 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup), customized December, 1990.
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Detachable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / DE09013”, the left of the trigger guard is marked “4” and “VP” in triangle, the right of the trigger guard is marked “8”. The left of the slide is marked “DELTA ELITE / -COLT AUTO-” with “10mm” in triangle in the center, the right is marked “GOVERNMENT MODEL”, the top of the barrel is marked “-CAL. 10 MM AUTO-“.
Barrel Length: 5″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade with a white dot fixed to the front of the slide and the rear sight is a square notch with two white dots dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece textured black rubber which wraps around the frontstrap with red diamond on black circle Delta Elite medallions. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grip is in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is very light operational wear and a few scattered minor marks including a very faint “idiot mark” beneath the slide stop. The screw heads on the left are sharp, the screw heads on the right have finish loss and light tool marks. The pin heads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit is tight but the slide moves smoothly. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 8-round magazine, showing minor operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about 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 1987 and is in Excellent condition. It retains about 98% of its metal finish with a great bore and strong mechanics. Whether you’re a fan of 1911s, 10mm, or both, this is a great example of a Delta Elite for the collector or shooter alike. Please see our photos and good luck!