Gold standard: Colt revives the Gold Cup National Match .45 ACP.

Author:Taffin, John
 
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Nostalgia or practicality? I'm certainly not sure which one but my shooting spirit is happy to see many old classics have come back. Colt in recent years has brought back the New Frontier which had not been seen since 198E and now they offer the 1911 Gold Cup National Match.

In the early 1960's, a time which found me spending my days at the university and my nights in a tire factory to support my family consisting of the young girl who would someday be known as Diamond Dot and three pre-school age children, I lusted, really lusted after a New Frontier and the Gold Cup.

At the time they sold for $140 and $125 respectively, however they just as well might have been several thousand dollars as I had all I could do to come up with $132 for tuition every quarter. The standard operating procedure was to borrow money on my '58 Chevy each quarter, pay it off, and then start all over again. There would certainly be no New Frontier or Gold Cup in my immediate future. Now they both sell for well over $ 1,000 each but not only are they now in my reach they are also even better guns than they were way back when. Colt is doing it right and the Gold Cup National Match is the latest example of nigh Colt quality.

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In the past two years I have tested several Colt handguns, a baker's dozen to be precise. Three of these were Single Action Army sixguns, and two were New Frontiers. On the semi-automatic side of the ledger, one was the new Colt Agent .45 and the other seven were all 1911's--two .38 Supers, one 10mm Delta Elite and four different .45 ACPs the latest of which is the Series '80 Gold Cup National Match. As with all of the other Colt 1911 pistols, this one also comes packed in a padded and lockable sturdy plastic box.

In addition to the pistol we find a bushing wrench, an extra light-duty recoil spring and two magazines, one holding 7 rounds and the other 8. I have to admit I am somewhat mystified by this as it says in the instruction booklet the former is for better feeding of semi-wadcutter target loads, while the other is for standard loads. I'm afraid I don't understand what the difference is and use them interchangeably without a problem.

The Colt 1911 Gold Cup National Match has a beautiful bright blue finish with the rounded top of the slide having a matte finish to cut down on glare. The adjustable sights are about as close to perfection as sights can be consisting...

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