SOLD FOR: $3276
Model: Gold Cup National Match Mark IV Series ’80
Serial Number: SN35153
Year of Manufacture: 1992 (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 “SERIES ’80 COLT MK IV / GOLD CUP NATIONAL MATCH” with a rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / SN35153”. There is a “VP” in triangle proof on the left side of the trigger guard along with “2”, the right of the trigger guard has an incomplete inspection mark which appears to be an “H”. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO. N.M.-“. The top of the rear sight is marked “ELLIASON”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade that is fixed to the finely 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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece faux-pearl panels with Pachmayr medallions in their centers. The grips have some scattered light nicks and scuffs, most notable at the medallion on the left panel. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Ultimate Bright Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: 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 97% of its metal finish. There is a scratch on the left of the slide across the rampant colt. The left of the frame has an “idiot mark” under the slide stop. The right of the frame has a few tiny nicks around the top of the grip. There are a few other scattered minor marks. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has very little play to the frame. The trigger is light and crisp. 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 Colt magazine.
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 later Series ’80 Gold Cup National Match pistols with the scarce Ultimate Bright Stainless finish, Elliason sight pinned to its ribbed slide, and has been equipped with Pachmayr faux-pearl grips. The pistol is in Fine condition, appearing to have seen light use, retaining a great bore with strong mechanics. 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!