Sold For: $1,400
Model: MK IV Series ’70 Gold Cup National Match
Serial Number: 23679N70
Year of Manufacture: 1982 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup), ATF C&R (https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/undefined/curios-and-relics-list-2018/download)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”GOLD CUP / NATIONAL MATCH” and with an engraving of a trophy cup. The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S MK IV/SERIES ’70 / GOLD CUP NATIONAL MATCH / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER” 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. / 23679N70”. The barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO N.M. / MK.IV/SERIES’70”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “5”, the left is marked “1” and “VP” in triangle.
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 Elliason square-notch target sight for adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the rib. The rear face of the rear sight has two dots, one to each side of the notch.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut panels with gold Colt medallions. There is no notable wear or damage to the grips, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Also included is a one-piece checkered black rubber Colt-branded Pachmayr wraparound grip with gold Colt medallions. The additional 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 and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There is some faint thinning at some edges, most notable on the leading edges of the slide flats. The grip straps show light handling wear. There is a very light “idiot mark” under the slide stop. There are a few other scattered minor marks. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly disfigured with useable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has only a little play. The trigger is light and crispWe did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The additional grips are included as described. Also included is a single 7-round magazine with floorplate marked “COLT / 45 AUTO”. The magazine has light operational wear, some faint surface oxidation, intact feed lips and a strong spring in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: Introduced as an off-the-shelf target pistol, Colt’s Gold Cup National Match 1911s have been a benchmark standard of quality for decades. There have been some variations since their introduction in the late ’50s, the Series ’70 introduced a collet barrel bushing, series ’80 a firing pin safety, and newer models offered various combinations of features, grips and sights. This is one of the later Series ’70 Gold Cup National Match pistols with a collet bushing, Elliason sight pinned to its ribbed slide, beautiful checkered walnut grips with gold Colt medallions and a Colt rubber grip included. The pistol is in Fine-plus condition showing signs of handling and very light use. Whether you’re looking for a great 1911-style target pistol or want to add a Gold Cup National Match to your collection, this is a nice old pony. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California but CANNOT be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.