SOLD FOR: $1900
Model: Series ‘70 MK IV Gold Cup National Match
Year of Manufacture: 1974 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup), C&R (https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/undefined/curios-and-relics-list-2018/download)
Caliber/Gauge: .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. / 70N19418”. The barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO N.M. / MK.IV/SERIES ‘70″. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “A” and “VP” in triangle. The right side of the trigger guard is marked with an “X”. The rear sight is marked “Elliason”. The grips feature gold Colt medallions.
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 sight adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the slide. The top of the rib is serrated and the top of the slide is matte finished for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The grips are checkered wood panels. There is no notable wear or damage to the grips, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is some fouling in the chamber.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a small nick on the serration at the top of the slide, there are a few minor nicks on the left and right side of the grip safety, and some minor handling marks from routine handling, assembly, and cleaning. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit is snug. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: The pistol comes with a single magazine. The bottom of the magazine is marked “COLT .45 AUTO.” It has some minor wear and finish loss from past handling but remains in Very Good-Plus 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 Series ’70 Gold Cup National Match pistols made in 1974. The pistol is in Excellent condition, appearing to have seen little 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!