SOLD FOR: $4375
Model: Gold Cup National Match Super Elite
Serial Number: SE570
Year of Manufacture: 1987 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup), ATF C&R
Caliber: .38 Super
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 engraved trophy cup. The left side of the slide is marked “SUPER ELITE / -COLT 38 SUPER-”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and with the serial number. The barrel is marked “COLT SUPER 38 AUTO”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked with a “C” and the left is marked “3” and “VP” in triangle. The top of the rear sight is marked “ELLIASON”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the full-length rib on the top of the slide. The rear sight is an adjustable Elliason target sight for windage and elevation pinned to the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood with gold-on-black Colt medallions. The grips have some light scuffs and handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Stainless
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 are a few scattered light marks, most notable on the top of the beavertail. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The serrations and screw heads are sharp. The pin heads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit is tight with almost no play. The trigger is crisp. 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: This pistol comes in a burgundy cardboard Colt box with serial-matching label, styrofoam inserts, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and a single 9-round Colt magazine. The box has scattered storage wear with fraying and tears at edges and corners.
Our Assessment: Colt Gold Cup National Match pistols were the benchmark standard for a .45 Auto target pistol for decades. With hand-fitted parts, match grade barrels and bushings, adjustable target sights and a wider trigger adjustable for over-travel, they came from Colt’s factory with upgrades you could spend more than the price of the pistol to have done by a gunsmith on a standard 1911. This example is the Gold Cup National Match Super Elite, part of the Elite Gold Cup series, a special edition contracted by AcuSport in the 1980s. The Elite pistols were produced in .45, 9mm and .38 Super, with limited production. We have not been able to confirm how many Super Elites were produced, but it is unlikely to be much more than 1,000. This example is in Fine-Excellent condition with its original box, perfect for the Colt collector. If the collectors get outbid, this pistol promises to be one heck of a shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!