SOLD FOR: $3625
Model: Officers Match Set, Currently Configured as Gold Cup National Match, Officers ACP
Serial Number: OM268
Year of Manufacture: 1988 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup), 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, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol.
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked “GOLD CUP / NATIONAL MATCH” with a trophy, it is also marked “OM268” at the rear. The left side of the slide is marked “OFFICERS MATCH / —COLT 45 ACP—”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / OM268”. There is a “VP” in triangle proof and a “0” on the left side of the trigger guard and the right of the trigger guard is marked with a “C”. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO. 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: The grips and grip screws are replacements. The grips are two-piece smooth faux-mother of pearl with silver-colored Colt medallions. There are some scattered light handling marks, no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition as replacements.
Type of Finish: Bright Stainless Steel
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. There is a light mark on the left top corner of the rear sight. There are a few light handling marks. There is some light operational wear. The grip screws are replacements There are some light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has very little play to the frame. The trigger is light and crisp. There is a Series 80 firing-pin block safety. 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: Included is a serial matching case, 7-round magazine, original grip screws, and an Officers ACP slide assembly. The slide is marked “COLT OFFICERS ACP”, it is also marked “OM268” at the rear. The left side of the slide is marked “OFFICERS MATCH / —COLT .45 ACP—”. The front sight is a blade with a recessed dot and is fixed to the slide, the rear sight is a square notch base with two recessed dots and is dovetailed into the slide. The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp with no erosion. The slide has light handling wear and also rates in about Excellent condition.
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 later Series ’80 Gold Cup National Match pistols with a firing pin safety and bright stainless steel construction. This one is an Officers Match, a set by Colt that was limited to 350 units. The pistol has a limited edition roll mark on the slide and has a 5″ Gold Cup National Match slide assembly and an Officers ACP slide assembly, both are serial matched. While the label on the case is a big for the depression it is applied on, we have seen a Colt letter to another one of these and it states that the case that was included was a black composition case with a French fitted interior to accommodate the extra slide. The pistol is in Excellent condition, showing signs of little or no use since it was made. With its limited production numbers, high condition, and included accessories, this pistol is destined for a Colt collection. Please see our photos and good luck!