SOLD FOR: $6691
Model: El Dorado Gold Cup National Match, Lew Horton Exclusive,
Serial Number: ELDOR011
Year of Manufacture: 1992, ATF C&R
Caliber: .38 Super
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 cup. The left side of the slide is marked “El Dorado –COLT 38 SUPER–” with the rampant colt. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / ELDOR011”. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT SUPER 38 AUTO “. The top of the rear sight is marked “ELLIASON”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade that is fixed to the finely serrated top rib of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch that is adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece pearlite with chrome Colt medallions. There are light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are some handling marks but no notable defects. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 blue Colt box in cardboard Colt sleeve with serial-matching label, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual, a bushing wrench and a single 9-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 pistol is on the of the “El Series” pistols made as an exclusive for Lew Horton. This series is both wonderful and terrible for collectors as there were about 40 different models, from the El Jefe to El Coronel to El Presidente and more. It goes above and beyond the standard Gold Cups with under-cut trigger guard, beavertail grip safety, skeletonized hammer and trigger. This El Dorado pistol is in Excellent condition. Whether you’re looking for a great 1911-style target pistol or want to add a Gold Cup National Match to your collection, this will make a nice addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
As Always, Keep Your Powder Dry and Bid High!