SOLD FOR: $1475
Model: Custom MK IV Series ’70 Gold Cup National Match
Serial Number: 70N66665
Year of Manufacture: 1978 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S MK IV/SERIES ’70 / GOLD CUP NATIONAL MATCH / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER” and a rampant colt. The right of the slide is marked “GOLD CUP / NATIONAL MATCH” and with a trophy cup. The barrel is marked “COLT .45 AUTO. N.M. / MK.IV/SERIES ’70”. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / 70N66665”. The right of the trigger guard is marked “F”, the left is marked “G” and “VP” in triangle.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is 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 wood with smooth diamonds around the grip screws. The grips have only a few scattered light marks. The checkering is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
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 93% of its current metal finish. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is some light finish wear, mostly toward the top-front of the slide. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads have strong sockets. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition as refinished and customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide has very little play to the frame. 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 with a total of four 8-round magazines in a blue velcro pouch. The magazines have minor operational wear, intact feed lips and strong springs. One magazine does not drop free, needing to be pulled out a little bit, then falling free, in about Good-Very Good condition. The other three magazines drop free properly, in Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: The Colt Gold Cup National Match was intended as an off-the-shelf target pistol, but nothing has ever stopped 1911 fans from customizing a gun. This example has had quite a bit of work done to it. Modifications include a new bushing, forward slide serrations, slide cut for the installed Bo-Mar sight, extended slide stop and thumb safety, extended beavertail grip safety, checkered frontstrap, checkered arched mainspring housing with beveled magazine well, skeletonized hammer and trigger, and de-horned corners. The pistol retains a great bore and strong mechanics. This custom 1911 ought to make a great shooter and comes with four magazines to get you started. Please see our photos and good luck!