SOLD FOR: $1651
Model: Series ‘70 MK IV Gold Cup National Match
Year of Manufacture: 1979 (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 “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 “70N72456”. 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 “R”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a blade with a white dot and is fixed to the full-length rib on the top of the slide. The rear sight is a Millet square notch sight with a white outline and is adjustable for windage and elevation pinned 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/ Grip: The grip is a Colt branded checkered black rubber Pachmayr grip that wraps around the front strap and has gold-colored Colt medallions. There are some scuffs and scrapes on the bottom edges. There are some scattered light handling marks. There is light rub wear to the checkering. Overall the grips are in about Fine 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 96% of its metal finish. Aftermarket sights and an aftermarket ambidextrous thumb safety have been installed. There is some thinning on the front edges of the slide. There are a few light rubs that have lightly thinned the matte portions. There is some wear on the back of the frame just below the slide. There is some finish wear on the serrations of the mainspring housing. There are some spots of dark discoloration from previous oxidation on the bright sides of the hammer. There are a few scattered light marks. The screwheads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine 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 single 7-round magazine and a Browning soft case.
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 1979. The pistol is in Fine condition, appearing to have seen standard 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 the choice for you. Please see our photos and good luck!