SOLD FOR: $1725
Model: Series ‘80 MK IV Gold Cup National Match
Year of Manufacture: 1991 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
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 “FN35660”. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO N.M.-“. The rear sight is marked “ELLIASON”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the front 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 slide has a serrated rib for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The grips are two-piece smooth wood with gold-colored Colt medallions. The grips have only a few scattered minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Bright Polish Blue & Jeweled
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its current metal finish. There is some finish loss at the front edge of the dust cover. Otherwise, there are only a few scattered mionr marks. The screwheads range from sharp to tool marked with servcieable slots. The remaining markings are clear, the inspection marks on the trigger guard were removed when the pistol was refinished. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-Excellent condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has light 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 and Accessories: The pistol comes with a blue plastic Colt box, manual, and a single 7-round magazine. The magazine also has a bright polished blue finish with faint operational wear, some minor surface oxidation on the spine, intact feed lips and a strong spring.
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 more recent Series ’80 Gold Cup National Match pistols made in 1991. The pistol has been refinished, now having a beautiful bright polished blue with jeweled accents and is in Fine-Excellent condition. The new finish is set off with a pair of smooth wood Colt grips, making for a very distinctive and attractive pistol. Whether you’re looking for a great target 1911 that will turn a few heads or an addition to a Colt collection, this is the choice for you. Please see our photos and good luck!