Model: 1911 Series 70, Gold Cup National Match .38 Special Mid Range
Serial Number: 6474MR
Year of Manufacture: 1970s – http://www.coltsmfg.com/CustomerServices/SerialNumberLookup.aspx – There is a 1977 receipt with the gun, but this is likely from a resale.
Caliber: .38 Special Mid-Range
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked “”COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The serial number is on the right side of the frame, with a “1” on the forward right trigger guard bow. There is an “S” and a Verified Proof mark on the forward left trigger guard bow. The left side of the slide is marked “NATIONAL / MATCH / COLT / AUTOMATIC / .38 SPECIAL / MID RANGE”. The barrel is marked “COLT .38 SPEC. N.M. / MK III”. The top of the rear sight is marked “Elliason”.
Barrel Length: 5″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a fixed front blade. The rear sight is an Elliason target sight. The top of the slide is ribbed.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are full checkered walnut with an oil finish and gold colored medallions. The panels have darkened with age and handling and there is light but general wear to the checkering, which remains pronounced. There are no chips or cracks and the age/wear is limited almost entirely to the color. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory 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 95% of its metal finish. There is a mark on both the slide and frame from the takedown lever. The edges of the slide have the faintest thinning and there is a small amount of thinning at the muzzle. The front strap has a bit of marking from a shooter’s rings. The bottom of the back strap also has some thinning from handling. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. This gun has been shot but likely fewer than 100 rounds. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One magazine marked “COLT .38 SPEC.” is included and is in excellent condition. The original two piece box is also included. The box is strong and sturdy, with all inserts. Two seams on the lid have separated. Masking tape was used to close the box on the sides and some still remains. There is about 10% loss of color and printing on the box, these are losses from scuffing and some tape. “Handling The Handgun”, The original 1977 Sales Receipt, “The owner’s manual and the test target are included. The box and its contents are all in Fine condition. The end label of the box is marked “DBEBB” in pen with another mark scribbled out above it.
Our Assessment: The Colt 1911 is the best handgun ever made, and in our opinion, the best gun ever made. The Series 70 is the best “recent production” 1911 series ever made and the National Match Gold Cup is the best of those. This is literally the best handgun ever made, in superb condition and a rare caliber/configuration. If there was ever a firearm that you could tell was destined for collectability almost immediately, this is it.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. This does not apply to out of state residents.