SOLD FOR: $2425
Model: Delta Gold Cup
Serial Number: DG01201E
Year of Manufacture: 1992 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: 10mm Auto
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “DELTA GOLD CUP / -COLT AUTO-” with “10mm” in triangle, the right is marked “DELTA GOLD CUP”. The left of the trigger guard bow is marked “F” and “VP” in triangle, the right is marked “W”, the right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” with the serial number, the barrel is marked “-CAL. 10MM AUTO-”. The magazine floorplate is marked “COLT” and “10MM / AUTO” with a triangle in circle Delta Elite marking.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the top of the slide. The rear sight is square notch in a base adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the top of the slide. The top of the slide has a serrated rib and is matte-finished.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece wraparound textured black rubber with Delta Elite medallions. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore but there is some stubborn fouling in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few minor rubs on the matte portions. There are some light marks on the top of the slide behind the ejection port. There is a small takedown mark on the frame. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp, the pinheads are unmarred. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide has very little play to the frame. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included are a case, a serial matching case sleeve, and two magazines.
Our Assessment: The Delta Elite was introduced in 1987 as a 10mm version of the 1911. The 1911 already had a following, of course, while the cartridge was popular as a result of Jeff Cooper’s involvement in its development and use in the Bren-10. It has remained popular with fans of the 1911 and the 10mm cartridge ever since. This example was made in 1992 and is the Delta Gold Cup, with all the features of the Gold Cup National Match in a 10mm chambering. It retains the vast majority of its finish and comes with a serial matching case. It would make a fine addition to a Colt, 1911, or 10mm collection missing a Delta Elite or as a duty, carry, hunting sidearm or home defense handgun. Please see our photos and good luck!