SOLD FOR: $3650
Make: Colt Custom Shop
Model: 86 of 500 Series ’70 Gold Cup National Match I.P.S.C. Combat Special
Serial Number: 70N78436
Year of Manufacture: 1979 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup), ATF C&R
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked with scroll engraving and with a banner that reads “Combat Special / 1 of 500 I.P.S.C.”, it is also marked “DVC” at the rear. The left side of the slide is with scroll engraving and a banner that reads “Diligentia Vis Celeritas” and “Colt Cold Cup MK IV / .45 automatic caliber, it also marked with an I.P.S.C. crest at the rear. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / 70N78436” and is marked “86 OF 500? on the dust cover. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO N.M.- / MK. IV/SERIES ’70”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “G” and “VP” in triangle, the right side is marked “X”.
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 Elliason square notch sight 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: The grips are two-piece smooth rosewood panels with Colt Custom Shop medallions. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue Slide with Brushed Nickel Frame
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 97% of its metal finish. There are only a few scattered minor marks and the action shows light operational wear. The hammer has some minor discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has barely perceptible 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: This pistol comes in a limited edition metal hard case, with Colt Firearms belt buckle, a total of three 7-round magazines, and blue plastic Colt-branded MTM Ammo Wallet and 50-cartridge Case-Gard case (no cartridges included).
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. This one is part of a 500 gun I.P.S.C. limited edition by the custom shop and has ambidextrous thumb safeties, beavertail grip safety, serrated trigger guard, rosewood grips, national match sights, collet bushing, dual-tone finish, and special limited edition markings. 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 a great pistol to add to any safe in America. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R handgun CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.