SOLD FOR: $2225
Model: Series ’70 MK IV Gold Cup National Match, O5870A1
Serial Number: 71N01973
Year of Manufacture: 2015-2020, 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. / 71N01973”. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO N.M.-“. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “A” and “VP” in triangle.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to the full-length rib on the top of the slide. The rear sight is a Colt-branded Bo-Mar-style square notch sight adjustable for windage and elevation dovetailed to the slide. The top of the rib is serrated and the top of the slide is matte finished for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered wood panels with Colt medallions and smooth diamonds around the grip screws. The right panel has a cluster of minor nicks at the bottom edge. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall the grips are in Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable damage, only light handling marks and minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has very light play. While marked and marketed as a Series ’70, this pistol has a standard bushing, not a collet style bushing. 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: This pistol comes in a blue plastic Colt box with serial-matching label, a manual, spare recoil spring and a single 8-round magazine. The magazine has faint operational wear, 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 Series ’70 reintroduction Gold Cup National Match pistols. The reintroduction was made without the series ’80 firing pin safety, but has a standard bushing rather than the original collet-style bushing. This .45 ACP example is in Excellent condition showing minimal signs of handling and use. 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 great pistol to add to any safe in America. Please see our photos and good luck!