SOLD FOR: $6247
Model: Gold Cup Elite 40 National Match
Serial Number: 116GCE40
Year of Manufacture: 1991 (COLT Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .40 S&W
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine
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 target sight for windage and elevation pinned to the rib.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood with silver-on-black Colt medallions. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue and 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 handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are very light handling marks, but no notable defects. The serrations and screw heads are sharp. The pin heads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit is tight with almost no play. The trigger is light. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This pistol comes in a blue plastic Colt case that is inside of a tan cardboard Colt box with a serial-matching label. Also included is an assortment of factory paperwork including a manual and two 8-round Colt magazines.
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 Elite 40 National Match, part of the Elite Gold Cup series. The Elite pistols were produced in .45, 9mm, .40 S&W and .38 Super, with limited production. We have not been able to confirm how many Elites were produced, but it is unlikely to be more than 1,000. This example is in Excellent condition with it’s original box and factory paperwork, 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!
As Always, Keep Your Powder Dry and Bid High!