Model: Gold Cup Commander, Custom Edition
Year of Manufacture: 1990’s
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “Gold Cup Commander / Custom Edition”, the right side is marked “Gold Cup / National Match”. The right side of the frame is marked “Colt’s Pt. F.A. Mfg. Co. Hartford, Conn. U.S.A. GCC1556”. The barrel visible through the ejection port is marked “Colt .45 Auto NM”. The bottom of the magazine is marked “Colt / 45 Auto / 8-RD”. There are two other letters “G” and “S”. There is a “2” on the left trigger guard and an “M” on the right trigger guard.
Barrel Length: 4 ¼”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a fixed front sight and an “Elliason” windage and elevation rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth wood with gold Colt logos. There are some handling marks and a few minor surface scratches on both grip panels. There are no chips cracks or losses. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is some minor fouling at the breech. This pistol may not have been fired since leaving the factory.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a couple of minor surface scratches on the slide on the right side; at the rear of the slide and at the front of the slide at the curve. There is a minor surface scratch on the right side of the frame at the grip safety. There are some minor scratches from operating the slide barely visible on the left in front of the frame. The Screw heads are sharp and show minor use. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Excellent and LNIB condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The original blue plastic box is provided as well as the exterior cardboard box. The end flap of the box matches the description and serial number of the pistol. There is an original price tag on the end flap with UPC and “$879.99” (we wish we could buy it at that price today!). The box includes operating manual, Colt repair locations, “The Colt Companion”, the right half of the warrantee card, and a Colt letter telling you to read the instruction manual.
Our Assessment: We never even heard of a Gold Cup Commander unit we received this one, and the box end flap confirms it as well as the serial number. This pistol was not likely fired after it left the factory. It is stainless, it is fabulous. The trigger has adjustable travel and the beavertail is large. This is a real collector/shooter find! Our research shows that guns marked “Custom Edition” were the first offerings. We also learned that stainless guns had different serial number ranges than Blue guns. This one is LNIB with both boxes provided. This pistol is truly a honey and the winning bidder will be lucky to get this one!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This pistol is not on the California “roster of handguns certified for sale” and can only be sold to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. This does not
apply to out of state buyers.
Sold For: $3,250