PGC National Match

The Colt Government Mk. IV Series 80 launched in 1983 introduced an internal firing pin safety and a new half-cock notch on the sear; pulling the trigger on these models while at half-cock will cause the hammer to drop. Models after 1988 returned to the solid barrel bushing due to concerns about breakages of collet bushings.

1993 Presentation Gold Cup MKIV Series 80 National Match .45 ACP (1983–1996): On our last visit to the indoor gun range, we put the Series 80 up against the Series 70 Government Model. The contest was so close over-all that I thought it resulted in a toss-up. When Colt calls this finish Mirror Bright Blue, they aren't joking. I had difficulty taking photos because of the reflections and after darkening the photos they aren't so clear.

Author holding 1993 Colt Presentation Gold Cup National Match .45 ACP up to camera
Presentation Gold Cup MKIV Series 80 National Match
Taylor firing Gold Cup at the indoor gun range
Taylor Firing the Colt Gold Cup National Match at 20 Yards

Key Features

Technical specifications of the Colt PGC National Match:

  • Cartridge: .45 ACP
  • Barrel: 5 in.
  • Rate of twist: 1:16.
  • Operation: Recoil-operated, closed breech, single action, semi-automatic
  • Weight (unloaded): 2 lb 7 oz.
  • Height: 5.25 in.
  • Length: 8.25 in.
  • Capacity: 8+1 rounds

Excerpt from the Colt Archive Letter:

Excerpt from Colt Archive Letter on the Presentation Gold Cup Series 80

This gun has a jeweled spur hammer, jeweled wide target trigger and jeweled barrel hood. In years past, I would see a gun with engine-turned or jeweled parts and be turned off by it. Then suddenly in 2019, I see this gun and I fell in love with it! So opinions and tastes can change, even your own.

When I saw this gun come up for auction in 2019 I immediately submitted a bid. And I couldn't believe my luck when I won with a bid of $1,600. Sometimes you get lucky. As you can see in the Colt Archive Letter, the gun shipped with a presentation case which at some point became separated from the gun.

To me, the missing presentation case was not a big deal, but to many collectors it would be. In fact if the gun had came to me with the presentation case, it would have put a damper on my carrying it to the range and firing it.

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The PGC National Match is King

Despite being challenged by newer and lighter weight pistol designs in .45 caliber, such as the Glock 21, the SIG Sauer P220, the Springfield XD and the Heckler & Koch USP, the M1911 shows no signs of decreasing popularity and continues to be widely present in various competitive matches such as those of USPSA, IDPA, IPSC, and Bullseye. Many of the shooters I talk to, prefer the Series 70 over the Series 80.

1911 Design

Browning's basic M1911 design has seen very little change throughout its production life.[7] The basic principle of the pistol is recoil operation. As the expanding combustion gases force the bullet down the barrel, they give reverse momentum to the slide and barrel which are locked together during this portion of the firing cycle. After the bullet has left the barrel, the slide and barrel continue rearward a short distance.

At this point, a link pivots the rear of the barrel down, out of locking recesses in the slide, and the barrel is stopped by making contact with the lower barrel lugs against the frame. As the slide continues rearward, a claw extractor pulls the spent casing from the firing chamber and an ejector strikes the rear of the case, pivoting it out and away from the pistol through the ejection port. The slide stops its rearward motion then, and is propelled forward again by the recoil spring to strip a fresh cartridge from the magazine and feed it into the firing chamber. At the forward end of its travel, the slide locks into the barrel and is ready to fire again. However, if the fired round was the last round in the magazine, the slide will lock in the rearward position, which notifies the shooter to reload by ejecting the empty magazine and inserting a loaded magazine, and facilitates (by being rearwards) reloading the chamber, which is accomplished by either pulling the slide back slightly and releasing, or by pushing down on the slide stop, which releases the slide to move forward under spring pressure, strip a fresh cartridge from the magazine and feed it into the firing chamber.

Source: wikipedia.org
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