SOLD FOR: $2113.88
Model: Gold Cup National Match Mark IV Series ’80
Serial Number: SN29941
Year of Manufacture: 1990 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
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. / SN29941”. There is a “VP” in triangle proof on the left side of the trigger guard along with “1”, the right of the trigger guard is marked “E”. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO. N.M.-“.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade that is fixed to the finely serrated top rib of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch Millet sight that is adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The grips are checkered black and blue G10 panels with Colt logos, double diamonds, and a thumb relief cut on the left side. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall the grip is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
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.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are some scattered scuffs. There are draglines that are most noticeable on the polished slide flats. There are a few light marks on the sides of the slide at the front. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has very little play to the frame. The trigger is light and crisp. 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: This pistol comes with a single 8-round after-market magazine, blue case with a torn label, and paperwork including the manual.
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 later Series ’80 Gold Cup National Match pistols with a stainless finish, aftermarket Millet sight pinned to its ribbed slide, and trigger adjustable for over-travel. The pistol is in Fine Plus condition, appearing to have seen light use, retaining a great bore with strong mechanics. 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!