SOLD FOR: $1,290.00
Model: MK IV Series ’70 Gold Cup National Match
Serial Number: 70N61173
Year of Manufacture: 1978, ATF C&R LIST
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine (no magazine included)
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”GOLD CUP / NATIONAL MATCH” and with an engraving of a trophy cup. The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S MK IV/SERIES ’70 / GOLD CUP NATIONAL MATCH / .45 AUTOMATIC CALIBER” with the rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “70N61173”. The barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO N.M. / MK.IV/SERIES’70”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “0” and the left is marked “H” and “VP” in triangle. The top of the rear sight is marked “ELLIASON”.
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 Elliason target sight for windage and elevation pinned to the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut panels with gold Colt medallions. There is no notable wear or damage to the grips, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: 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 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The top of the slide between the flats and the rib shows finish wear with some light freckling on the left at the ejection port. The right flat has a couple spots of finish loss toward the front. The frontstrap and mainspring housing show handling wear. The barrel has light-moderate operational wear. The grip screws have light tool marks with strong slots. The pin heads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has only a little play. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a faux-wood cardboard box with serial matching label, two-piece styrofoam insert with manual and a total of two Colt magazines, one 7-round and one 8-round. The box has scattered light wear, tears at some ears, one ear missing and some warping which appears to be from moisture, in about Good condition. Both magazines have strong springs and intact feed lips, the 7-round magazine has a little more operational wear, in about Very Good-Fine condition, the 8-round magazine has only some light scuffing, in about Fine condition.
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 has wear consistent with responsible use and long-term storage. It comes with its original box and a spare magazine, ready to hit the range or join a Colt collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.