SOLD FOR: $1675
Model: NRA Centennial Gold Cup National Match
Serial Number: 543NRA
Year of Manufacture: 1971, ATF C&R
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 “1871 NRA Centennial 1971 / THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF SERVICE / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / 543NRA”. There is a “VP” in triangle proof on the left side of the trigger guard along with “3”, the right of the trigger guard is marked “Z”. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO. N.M. / MK.IV/SERIES’70”. The top of the rear sight is marked “ELLIASON”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade that is fixed to the finely serrated top rib of the slide. The rear sight is an square notch that is adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut panels with gold NRA medallions. The grips have a few minor marks, most notable at the medallion on the left panel. The checkering is otherwise sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
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. The unfinished side faces of the hammer have some minor oxidation. The action shows minor operational wear, most notable on the barrel. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Fine-Excellent 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 in a locking wood presentation case (no key included) with yellow velvet interior. The lid has a clear square in the center with an NRA centennial medallion mounted in it and a Colt medallion at the right-front. The exterior of the case has a few scattered light nicks and scuffs, the interior has faint wear from the pistol. A single 8-round Colt magazine is included.
Our Assessment: Produced in 1971 to commemorate 100 years of the National Rifle Association, this is a beautiful Gold Cup National Match 1911 with presentation case and special NRA medallion grips. This is a wonderful tribute to our nation’s leading firearms organization from one of our nation’s leading firearms manufacturers. The pistol is in Fine-Excellent condition and presents well in its nice case. This is a great firearm to add to any collection in America. Please see our photos and good luck!