SOLD FOR: $1875
Model: Series ‘70 MK IV Gold Cup National Match
Year of Manufacture: 1982 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
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.” and has the serial number “13661N70”. The barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO N.M. / MK.IV/SERIES ‘70″. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in a triangle and “B”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “7”. 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 grip is a Colt branded checkered black rubber Pachmayr Signature wraparound grip. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no rips or tears. Overall the grip is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to the parts, the thumb and grip safeties have been replaced. The trigger guard serrations appear to have been cut through the finish and
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is minor operational wear and some finish loss in the trigger guard serrations. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-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:
– Faux-wood cardboard Colt box (no label)
– Assortment of factory paperwork including manual & yellow “stop-sign” hang-tag
– 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 Series ’70 Gold Cup National Match pistols made in 1982. The pistol is in Fine-Excellent condition, appearing to have seen minimal use. It has had some customization, with an ambidextrous thumb safety, beavertail grip safety, trigger guard serrations and a Colt branded Pachmayr grip. 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 the choice for you. Please see our photos and good luck!