Sold For: $2,913
Make: Colt, Jim Hoag Customized
Model: Custom Gold Cup National Match Mark IV Series ’70
Serial Number: 70N18640
Year of Manufacture: 1974 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol.
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked “GOLD CUP / NATIONAL MATCH” with a trophy. The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S MK IV/SERI??? / GOLD CUP NATIONAL M???? / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER” with an incomplete rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “?????????? HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / 70N18640”. The top of the barrel is marked “BAR STO 45 ACP”, the bottom is marked “MTGC”. The right of the rear sight is marked “BO-MAR”. The bottom of the slide is marked “J. HOAG”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade that is fixed to the serrated top rib of the slide. The rear sight is an square notch that is adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the rear of the slide. The rear face of the rear sight is serrated and the rear face of the slide has been finely checkered for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels with smooth diamonds around the grip screws. Each panel has a small loss in the bottom diamond below the grip screw. There are a few other scattered light scuffs and scratches. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Black & Green, likely Cerakote
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 94% of its current metal finish. There are some scattered light scuffs, scratches and handling marks, mostly only through the finish at edges and corners. The controls show light handling wear and the action shows operational wear. The screw heads are tool marked with useable sockets. The markings range from clear to partially removed, denoted by “???” in the Markings section. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition as customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has very little play to the frame. The trigger is light and crisp. The pistol has a full-length guide rod, standard bushing (not a Series ’70 collet-style) and some other parts have been replaced (see Our Assessment). We did not fire this handgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 8-round Mec-Gar magazine. The magazine has minor operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine 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 example has been customized by famed gunsmith Jim Hoag. Modifications include a Bar Sto barrel, full-length guide rod, skeletonized hammer, extended beavertail grip safety, ambidextrous thumb-safety, grip checkering on the frontstrap and on the re-profiled square trigger guard, and fine serrations on the rear face of the slide for glare reduction. The pistol has also been refinished with a nice green and black two-tone finish, giving it a very distinct appearance. The 1911 continues to be one America’s favorite pistols, more than a century after it was introduced, and this example was worked on by one of the premier 1911 gunsmiths of all time. It should make for a great shooter for another lifetime. 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 Pistol CANNOT be sold as a dealer sale in California but CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley location. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.