SOLD FOR: $1900
Model: Gold Cup National Match Mark IV Series ’80
Serial Number: SN05302
Year of Manufacture: 1986 (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. The left side of the slide is marked “SERIES ’80 COLT MK IV / GOLD CUP NATIONAL MATCH” with a rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / SN05302”. There is a “VP” in triangle proof on the left side of the trigger guard and the right of the trigger guard is marked with an incomplete “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 are two-piece checkered black wood with silver-colored Colt medallions. The grips have minor handling wear with a little bit of finish loss on the points of some checkers. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: 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 96% of its metal finish. The balance is mostly in scattered minor scuffing and small scratches. The action shows light operational wear. There is a light “idiot mark” on the left side of the frame below the slide stop. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Fine 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: This pistol comes in a maroon cardboard Colt box with serial-matching label, two-piece styrofoam inserts, manual, Colt branded bushing wrench and a single 7-round magazine.
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 stainless steel construction. The pistol is in Fine condition, showing signs of gentle use since it was made. It is a good liking gun that will probably also perform well on the range. Please see our photos and good luck!