SOLD FOR: $1850
Model: Gold Cup National Match Mark IV Series ’80
Serial Number: FN102376
Year of Manufacture: 2014 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup), ATF C&R
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. / FN102376”. There is a “VP” in triangle proof on the left side of the trigger guard along with “L”, the right of the trigger guard is marked “B”. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO. N.M.-“. The top of the rear sight has a rampant colt logo and there is a Colt logo on the left.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade that is dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a Bo-Mar style square notch that is 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 and gold-colored Colt medallions in their centers. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
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 99% of its metal finish. The action shows faint operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has barely perceptible play to the frame. The trigger is light and crisp. There is a Series 80 firing-pin block safety. 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:
-Blue plastic Colt box with serial-matching label.
-An assortment of factory paperwork including manual.
-Colt branded bushing wrench.
-Additional recoil spring.
-Total of one 7-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 newer Series ’80 Gold Cup National Match pistols with a firing pin safety, Bo-Mar style adjustable sight dovetailed to its slide, and beautiful grips with gold Colt medallions. The pistol is in truly Excellent condition, appearing to have spent more time in its box than out. 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!