SOLD FOR: $7,075.51
Make: Colt, Customized by Pachmayr
Model: Custom Delta Elite
Serial Number: DS11769
Year of Manufacture: 1989 (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. / DS11769 / Pachmayr”, the left of the trigger guard is marked “X” and “VP” in triangle. The extended slide release is marked “Pachmayr”. The left of the original slide is marked “DELTA ELITE / -COLT AUTO-” with “10mm” in triangle in the center, the right is marked “COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL / -10mm/SEMI-AUTO-“, the bottom is marked “Pachmayr” and “S”, the top of the barrel is marked “-CAL. 10 MM AUTO-“. The left of the additional slide assembly is marked “COLT MK IV / -SERIES 80-” with an incomplete rampant colt, the right is marked “GOVERNMENT MODEL”, the bottom is marked “Pachmayr”, “DS11769”, “12/90” and “SF” in oval. The top of the barrel is marked “BARSTO 10 MM”, the bottom is marked “769”. The right of the compensator is marked “Pachmayr”
Barrel Length: 5″, the compensator on the additional slide assembly is permanently attached, bringing the length to 6 1/8″.
Sights / Optics: The original slide has a ramped blade with a white dot fixed to the front of the slide and a square notch with two white dots dovetailed to the rear of the slide. The additional slide assembly has a serrated, ramped blade in-line dovetailed to the front of the comp at the rear of the compensator’s chamber with the rear face painted black and a Bo-Mar square-notch sight adjustable for windage and elevation dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black rubber Pachmayr Signature Model panels with Pachmayr lion medallions in the middle of each panel. The front of the trigger and the frontstrap have been checkered and a checkered mainspring housing has been installed for additional grip. Also, additional material has been added to the bottom of the grip frame to give a beveled magazine well, also giving a shelf for the pinky-finger at the bottom of the frontstrap. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Chrome
Finish Originality: Refinished by Pachmayr at the time of customization.
Bore Condition: Each bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in either bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol set retains about 98% of its current metal finish. There is a light scratch under the slide stop and there is light operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads range from sharp to very lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are mostly clear, the rampant colt on the additional slide is shallow and incomplete. Overall, this pistol set is in about Excellent condition as customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Both slide assemblies are quite tight to the frame but slide smoothly. The trigger is crisp and light. While the additional slide assembly is marked “Series 80”, the firing pin block has been removed. Each barrel has had a wide link-lug installed and the frame’s corresponding notch has been opened up for the wider links. Both slide assemblies have two-piece full-length guide rods and each guide rod is equipped with a black plastic buffer. Each ejection port has been widened and flared .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: In addition to the extra slide assembly, a single 8-round magazine is included with black checkered rubber Pachmayr basepad, showing minor operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine-Excellent 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 1989 and has since become something much more. While many know Pachmayr today for their line of after-market grips, they were also provided some of the finest custom gunsmithing available for decades. This Delta Elite has been to Pachmayr for their Competition II custom gunsmithing package including compensated barrel weight, full-length guide rod, match-grade Barsto barrel, re-contoured ejection port, adjustable target sights, extended magazine release, extended slide release, ambidextrous thumb-safety, grip frame and trigger guard checkering and an integral beveled magazine well. All of this is set off by a hard chrome finish and the customization to the slide was performed on a separate slide assembly, keeping the original Delta Elite slide in its original configuration. The result is a distinctive, unique Delta Elite that can have the slide assembly swapped out for the ultimate 10mm target pistol, perfect for a BBQ gun, defensive carry gun, and competition. Please see our photos and good luck!