SOLD FOR: $2,115.00
Model: Gold Cup National Match Mark IV Series 70
Serial Number: 70N24028
Year of Manufacture: 1975 (Colt.com)
Caliber: .45 ACP.
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. The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S MK IV / SERIES ’70 / GOLD CUP NATIONALMATCH / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER” with a rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / 70N24028”. There is an “A” on the left side of the trigger guard and a “V” on the right side bow. The top of the barrel is marked “Colt .45 Auto N.M. / MK. IV / Series /70”. The top of the rear sight is marked “ELLIASON” with “R” and “UP” markings alongside arrow adjustment indications. The provided box has a separated end label that has a matching serial number to this pistol; it is hand written on the label in black ink. The bottom of the magazine is marked “COLT / .45 AUTO”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge style blade that is fixed into the serrated top rib of the slide. The rear sight is an Elliason Patridge-style square notch that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are beautifully checkered wood panels that have gold-colored Colt medallions that feature rampant Colt logos. The medallions are not perfectly flush with the checkering, please see our photographs. The grips appear factory and original, this may just be a slight variation in manufacturing. The pointed checkering is sharp, with only very light compression visible in rare instances. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition, but as mentioned, the medallions are not flush with the wood.
Type of Finish: The flanks of the pistol are polished blue, the underside of the frame, mainspring housing, grip safety and top/bottom of the slide are matte blue; the hammer and trigger’s flanks are ‘in the white’.
Finish Originality: Factory 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 96% of its metal finish. The slide has notable scratch marks near the ejection port on the right side, along with scattered light scuffs and handling marks. The frame has a tool mark from the slide stop on the left side, along with light scuff and scratch marks, in sparse areas, throughout the finish. There is light pitting at the back of the slide and frame, along with some loss of finish to surface contact areas from normal operation. Most of its bluing is remaining. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol features a collet barrel bushing, National Match barrel, adjustable rear sight, wide, serrated adjustable trigger and a VERY tight frame-to-slide fit. 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 with one factory 7 round magazine as photographed. There are scuff and light wear marks and the spring is strong, the feed lips are unmarred; the magazine rates in about Fine overall condition. Also included is the pistol’s factory outer wood-print cardboard sleeve, foam inserts, Allen key, Colt tool, factory pamphlets and owner’s manual. The cardboard sleeve has tears, losses and discoloration as photographed; the end label is detached from the box; the sleeve rates in about Fair to Good condition. The foam inserts show very light damages, rating in about Fine condition. The paperwork and tools rate in about Fine to Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: Series 70 Colt .45 auto pistols are collectible enough to begin with, but factory configured Gold Cup National Match Series 70’s are not only more collectible, they are noticeably more accurate as well. This is a fine example of a NM Gold Cup with light wear from use. The pistol comes with its factory box, foam insert, paperwork and Colt tool. Whether your intent is to shoot, show, or Carry this beauty, each will have been an excellent decision. They just don’t make pistols like this anymore.