Colt Pre-Gold Cup National Match 1911 .45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol, 1967 C&R

SOLD FOR: $2750

LSB#: 230502KW002

Make: Colt

Model: Gold Cup National Match

Serial Number: 20770-NM

Year of Manufacture: 1967 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)

Caliber: .45 ACP

Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol

Barrel Length: 5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade that is fixed into the serrated top rib of the slide. The rear sight is an Elliason square notch that is adjustable for windage and elevation, pinned to the slide. The top of the rib is serrated for glare reduction.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut panels with gold-colored Colt medallions. The grips show minor handling wear with only a few small marks. The checkering is well-defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

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, the bore rates 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few minor nicks, scuffs and small scratches, mostly on the right side. The action shows faint operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine-plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol features a National Match barrel, adjustable rear sight, and wide, serrated adjustable trigger. The trigger is crisp. The slide has barely perceptible play to the frame. 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 two-piece cardboard Colt Gold Cup Automatic National Match box, manual, Colt branded sight adjustment tool and a single 7-round magazine. The serial number is hand-written on the bottom of the box.

Our Assessment: In the mid-1900s the 1911 was used for all manner of pistol competitions, but the base Government model typically needed some tweaking and modification to get the best performance. In 1957, Colt introduced their Gold Cup National Match, an out-of-the-box, purpose-built target pistol with adjustable target sights, hand-fit parts, serrated grip frame and adjustable trigger. This example is from 1967, a fairly early Gold Cup made about 3 years before the pistols would actually be marked “GOLD CUP”. It appears to have seen little use, retaining about 97% of its metal finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. All of these old National Match pistols are collectible. This early example will make a great addition to a collection, especially with its included box, but should also prove to be a great shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Colt Pre-Gold Cup National Match 1911 .45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol, 1967 C&R
Colt Pre-Gold Cup National Match 1911 .45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol, 1967 C&R