SOLD FOR: $1301
Model: Custom Series ’70 MK IV Gold Cup National Match
Serial Number: 70N90276
Year of Manufacture: 1980
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. / 70N90276”. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO N.M.-“. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “B” 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 Wichita 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 grip is a one-piece checkered black rubber grip with gold Colt medallions. There are some scattered light handling marks. The checkering is strong. There are no rips or tears. Overall the grips are in Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Nickel
Finish Originality: The finish is Original but the pistol has aftermarket parts.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are aftermarket parts including the grip safety, rear sight, extended magazine release, lever safety, full-length guide rod, and extended magazine well. There are cloudy spots and areas of discoloration on the frame. The top of the hammer has been modified to accommodate the rear sight. There is some thinning on the bottom of the slide in front of the dust cover. There are a few scattered light handling marks. There is operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide-to-frame fit has very light play. 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: Included is a 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 Series ’70 Gold Cup National Match pistols made in 1980. It has since been customized and has had aftermarket parts installed. The pistol is in Fine condition, with great mechanics and a stellar bore. If you’re looking for a 1911 for use in competition or for informal target shooting, this is the choice for you. Please see our photos and good luck!