Colt stainless Gold Cup 1911 pistol, shown with wrap-around checkered rubber grips

The Colt Gold Cup 1911 traces its roots all the way back to 1933, when Colt began producing the National Match series of 1911 pistols. These were pistols that closely resembled the 1911's made by US Army armorers for Camp Perry national match competition.

In 1957, Colt introduced the Gold Cup National Match for the first time. Since then, the Gold Cup has gone through four variations: the original Gold Cup National Match, made from 1957 to 1970; the Series 70 Gold Cup National Match, made from 1970 to 1983; the Gold Cup MKIV Series 80 National Match, made from 1983 to 1996; and the current model, the Gold Cup Trophy, which was introduced in 1997.

The current Gold Cup pistols are faithful in most respects to the original National Match models. They have rear slide serrations, rather than front and rear slide serrations found on many contemporary 1911's. They feature match barrels, match triggers, and premium adjustable target sights, just like the original National Match models.

Unlike the pistols from 1933, the current Gold Cup is stainless rather than blued. It has a skeletonized match trigger that's tuned to break cleanly and crisply, right out of the box. The action is hand-tuned to give you the maximum in performance. For IPSC or IDPA competition shooting, the Gold Cup is fitted with a beveled magazine well to aid in fast reloads.

Colt has also broken with tradition by fitting the current Gold Cup models with rubber wrap-around grips which give the user and positive, slip-free hold on the pistol. The 2011 models have a 100th Anniversary medallion in the grip to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Army's adaptation of the 1911.

Over the years, Colt's pistols had their ups and downs, with the Series 80 models giving Colt a bad reputation. The current Gold Cup pistols, though, are without a doubt the best that Colt has ever produced, and are considered the flagship of Colt's line of 1911 pistols.


  • 5” Match grade barrel
  • Black wrap around grips
  • Adjustable aluminum trigger
  • Adjustable rear sight
  • Beveled magazine well
  • Brushed stainless frame & slide
  • Round top slide
  • Bomar rear sight
  • Beavertail grip safety
  • 8 + 1 round capacity
  • Full length recoil spring and target recoil spring

Model: O5070X
Name: Colt Gold Cup National Match
Frame material: Steel
Frame finish: Stainless steel
Barrel length: 5"
Overall length" 81⁄2"
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 8 + 1
Hammer: Commander
Trigger: Adjustable aluminum
Action: Single
Front sight: Dovetail
Rear sight: Bomar
Grips: Wraparound rubber with medallion
Grip safety: Beavertail
Thumb safety: Standard

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Colt Gold Cup Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Andre, Cape Town, MA
September 6, 2012

Primary use: Target Shooting

"i have had my gold cup now for more than 20 years.For me it is the best handgun in the world.Through the years i have won competitions, prizes,etc. Nothing can beat it."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By redfish hunter, Chalmette, LA
September 23, 2011

Primary use: Target Shooting

"hands down one of the best right out the box i had one ser#633 lost in katrina sad"

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of 5 possible stars 4 out of 5
By Garrell Patterson, Tallapoosa, GA
September 10, 2011

Primary use: Target Shooting

"My wife gave me my Gold Cup National Match, MKIV Series 70 for Christmas around 1978 or 79, after my hinting for it. We had the second largest sportsman clup in Georgia at that time. We had monthly shoots for different weapons and then a big family day at our lake, where we had target matches for all categories. There were monthly trophies for all the monthly matches and then year end trophies for total points. I have old trophies all over the house and I think i won the large caliber handgun each year. My pistol is 100 per cent from regular cleaning and never carrying in a holster. I still have the box it came in. My brother got the pistol for my wife for $149.00. I have a standing offer of $1500.00 if i decided to sell. No chance. I still shoot informally now after recovering from a heart attack and three strokes. I own around 20 guns and the Gold Cup is by far my favorite. "

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