SOLD FOR: $1625
Model: Series ‘80 MK IV Gold Cup National Match
Year of Manufacture: 1987 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup) C&R (https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/undefined/curios-and-relics-list-2018/download)
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 “SERIES ’80 COLT MK IV / GOLD CUP NATIONAL MATCH” 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 “FN23439”. The barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO N.M.”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in a triangle and “1”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked with stamped “C”. The rear sight is marked “ELLIASON”.
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 grips are checkered wood panels with gold Colt medallions. There are light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
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 are one or two tiny marks into the finish, there is some operational finish loss on the bottom of the slide in front of the dust cover. There are a couple light marks on the sides of the hammer. There are a couple of light handling marks and light operational wear. The screwheads are sharp and have a few light marks. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in 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: The pistol is included with a serial matching box, manual, and 7-round 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 ’80 Gold Cup National Match pistols made in 1987. The pistol is in Excellent condition, it has seen some use but has great mechanics and a great bore. Whether you’re looking for a great target 1911 or an addition to a Colt collection, this is the choice for you. Please see our photos and good luck!