SOLD FOR: $1350
Model: Series ‘70 MK IV Gold Cup National Match
Year of Manufacture: 1982 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber/Gauge: .45 ACP, .400 CorBon barrel also included.
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.” and has the serial number “26831N70”. The barrel is marked “COLT .45 AUTO. N.M. / MK.IV/SERIES ‘70″. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in a triangle and “K” and the right side is marked “W”. The barrel bushing is marked “7267718 / N M”
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a blade that is fixed to the rib of the slide. The rear sight is an Elliason square notch that is adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The grip is an aftermarket checkered black rubber Bianchi wrap-around grip with finger grooves and smooth diamonds. The grip has some scattered light handling marks and rub wear but the checkering is mostly strong. Overall the grips are in about Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 93% of its metal finish. An aftermarket full-length guide rod has been installed. There is some thinning on the edges. There are some little nicks and scratches into the sides of the frame at the slide stop. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are some little spots of dark discoloration from previous oxidation on the bright sides of the hammer. There are some scattered scuffs that have lightly thinned the finish. There is some thinning on the backstrap and grip frame. There is some light oxidation on the sides of the grip frame at the rear bottom corners. There is some thinning on the matte portion of the side in front of the dust cover. The screwheads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit is snug. 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: Included is a reproduction box, reproduction paperwork, checkered wood Altamont wood grips in Excellent condition, five extra recoil springs, extra grip screws, magazine spring, 7-round magazine, BarSto .400 CorBon barrel and a bushing for the extra barrel. The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp, there is no erosion.
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 Gold Cup National Match pistols made in 1982. The pistol is in Very Good condition, appearing to have seen some range use. This one comes with a BarSto barrel to convert it to .400 CorBon and comes with a host of accessories. 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 the choice for you. Please see our photos and good luck!