SOLD FOR: $3113
Model: MK IV Series ’70 Gold Cup National Match
Serial Number: 70N95655
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup), ATF C&R (https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/undefined/curios-and-relics-list-2018/download)
Caliber: .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. / 70N95655”. The barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO N.M. / MK.IV/SERIES’70”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “0” and the left is marked “B” and “VP” in triangle.
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 target sight adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood with gold Colt medallions. The checkering is generally sharp but there are a few light marks on the right panel at the top and bottom. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Electroless Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few light handling marks and rubs from use and storage. There is a light takedown mark on the frame. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is light and crisp. The slide to frame fit has only a little play. 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: Included is a 7-round magazine, and a Colt woodgrain box with a Colt Custom shop label and a serial matching label under it. The Colt Custom Shop label is spurious but the label under it is serial matching.
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 ’70 Gold Cup National Match pistols with a collet bushing, Elliason sight pinned to its ribbed slide, and beautiful factory electroless finish. The pistol is in Excellent condition showing little sign of use. Whether you’re looking for a great 1911-style target pistol or want to add a Gold Cup National Match, here it is. Tthis is a Colt that is as beautiful as it is rare and should be an excellent addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.