SOLD FOR: $2,100
Model: MK IV Series 70 National Match Gold Cup 1911
Serial Number: 70N 8519
Year of Manufacture: 1971 – http://www.proofhouse.com/colt/index.html
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked “Colt Gold Cup / National Match” and with an engraved cup. The left side is marked “Colt’s MKIV/Series ’70 / Gold Cup National Match / .45 Automatic Calibers”. There is a Rampant Colt logo as well. The right side of the frame is marked “Colt’s Pt. F.A. Mfg. Co. Hartford, Conn. U.S.A.” and “70N08519”. The barrel is marked “Colt .45 Auto N.M. / MK.IV Series ’70” visible through the ejection port. The left side of the trigger guard has a “B” and a triangle “VP”, the right side has a lightly struck “8”.
Barrel Length: 5″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a square fixed blade. The rear sight is an Elliason click adjustable sight, pinned to the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered rubber Pachmayr Signature Model, in a wrap around configuration. There is only a tiny bit of wear to the checkering and some scattered surface marking. There are no cracks and the rubber remains very pliable. 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 faint “idiot mark”/drag line under the slide stop from disassembly. These edges have some light wear, as does the heel and bushing. It looks like this gun was bought as a shooter, new grips installed, a few rounds put through it, cleaned and then it was stored for the rest of its life. The screw heads are a bit marked. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions beautifully well. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One “COLT / 45 AUTO” marked 7-round blued magazine in Excellent condition is included. The magazine does not look to have been in and out of the gun more than a dozen times. The original two piece box, with matching serial number and end label is also provided. The box is sound and sturdy, with about 90% of the color and printing retained on the exterior. The factory screw driver, bushing wrench, Warranty card and test target are all included in Fine condition. The 3 rounds on the test target are overlapping . . .
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 with the correct original box! If there was ever a firearm that you could tell was destined for collectability almost immediately, this is it. And if the test target doesn’t sell you the gun, we don’t know what will . . .
SOLD FOR: $2,100