Colt MK IV Series ’80 Gold Cup National Match .45 ACP 5″ 1911 Pistol C&R
SOLD FOR: $2725
Model: MK IV Series ’80 Gold Cup National Match
Serial Number: FN02775
Year of Manufacture: 1991 (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. / FN02775”. 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. The right side of the frame is marked “Z” above the magazine release.
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 smooth wood with silver Colt medallions. There are a couple little light marks and small spots of finish loss, most noticeable on the left panel above the bottom screw. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: 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. 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 case, case sleeve with matching serial number, paperwork including the manual, and one 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 later Series ’80 Gold Cup National Match pistols with a collet bushing, Elliason sight pinned to its ribbed slide, and beautiful factory nickel finish. This one has a Z stamped on the frame because Colt sold it as used and the warranty no longer applied. It could have been a demo gun or a customer buyback. 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. This is a Colt that is beautiful and will be an excellent addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!