SOLD FOR: $3175
Model: Kings Gunworks Custom Gold Cup Combat Commander
Serial Number: CGC243
Year of Manufacture: 1996 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol Fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”COMBAT COMMANDER MODEL”. The left side of the slide is marked “GOLD CUP / -COMMANDER-” with the trophy logo. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and with the serial number. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO-“. The right side of the trigger guard is marked with a partial inspection mark and the left is marked “C” and “VP” in triangle.
Barrel Length: 4 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The pistol is installed with Trijicon night sits. The front sight is a blade with a tritium insert and is fixed to the full-length rib on the top of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two tritium lamps and is dovetailed into the slide. The lamps are dim and nearly dead but can be used as three dot sights.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are Pachmayr checkered black rubber grips. There are a few light handling marks. The checkering has light rub wear. There are no rips or tears. The grips rate in about Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel & Matte Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore but there is a bit of stubborn fouling in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a little mark on the right side of the slide towards the muzzle. There are light handling marks. The action shows light operational wear. The grip screws have strong sockets. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has minor play. This pistol has a Series 80-style firing pin block. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a serial matching case, paperwork including the manual, Kings invoice, 8-round magazine, and original parts. The original parts include three-dot sights, smooth wood grips, grip screws, slide stop, trigger, recoil spring, barrel bushing, frame safety, recoil spring plug, and recoil spring guide rod.
Our Assessment: Introduced by Colt as a lighter-weight version of the 1911, the smaller size of the Commander was popular and soon they were offered in a number of variations including different frame materials and calibers. While the original development centered on an aluminum-frame 9mm as a candidate for US Military post-war officer’s pistols, the steel frame .45 Commanders such as this one are what most people think of when they think of “The Commander”. This Commander has about 98% of its beautiful dual-tone stainless & matte blued finish complemented by custom work done by Kings Gunworks. Some of the custom work includes an action job, full length guide rod, extended thumb safety, extended slide stop, upgraded sights, and a checkered front strap. While this would make a fantastic defensive pistol, it is almost certain to make a Colt collector very happy and take a prized position in their collection. Please see our photos and good luck!