(1983–1996) This 1993 Presentation Gold Cup MKIV Series 80 National Match .45 ACP has the mirror bright finish, Colt-Elliason adjustable rear sight, target post front sight, jeweled spur hammer, wide target trigger, and barrel hood, lowered and flared ejection port, National Match barrel, beveled top slide, rosewood stocks with gold medallion. It has two 8 round magazines, manual and factory box.
Here are my three favorites, front to back; a 1986 Double Diamond Officers Model, a 1972 Government Model and a 1993 Gold Cup. The .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) is my favorite round. As I've said so many times in my blog, I really can't pick one single gun as my favorite. But if I could only choose one gun to carry, it would have to be my Government Model or this Gold Cup.
There is likely one more Colt .45 ACP in my future. I scour the three major auction sites and two other outlets routinely. When I find it, I will share it with you here. You can still order a custom made 1911 from the Colt Custom Shop to your specifications, however, they only produce the guns in two finishes, blue or stainless. I've always been partial to nickel, and the gun I would like to acquire will hopefully be a nickel gun.
The self-imposed limit I set a fews years back of not paying more than $2,000 for a handgun is out the window. As I have been downsizing the collection, I've decided to have fewer guns and not be so concerned with the price tags. In fact, I recently consigned a batch of 10 guns (5 long guns and 5 handguns). My plan is to turn around and buy 2 guns with the entire proceeds.
Only time will tell if I will be happy with this downsizing plan, but I will let you know how it goes. My only hesitation with my plan has been the fact that if I'm going to pay $5,000 for a gun, I really would like to see it in person. Buying online can be tricky at times. I can tell you from experience, there have been a few times where a gun was not as described or completely misrepresented to me. Hard lessons learned, hence my old self-imposed spending limit.
There's nothing I could say about these guns that hasn't been extensively covered over the last 110 years. To me, this particular gun is hard to beat. Military tried to replace it with 9mm (mistake). Law Enforcement tried to replace it with the .40 S&W (never understood that). I don't own a 9mm or .40 caliber gun.
Old fashioned? Outdated? Now before you go firing off emails or comments on the Facebook page, I understand that everyone has favorites of their own. Just accept that the .45 ACP and particularly the Colt 1911 are my favorites. Always have been, at least since my Army days and I don't see that ever changing.