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This past weekend I visited a local gun shop and found a 1972 Colt Gold Cup National Match for sale. It is the owners personal gun. He has a special sight added to the top of the slide (I do not know what type it is). He is asking $1599 but will take $1500. Is this a good deal?
 

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I'd get a Dan Wesson
Interestingly, I started looking for a NightHawk or Wilson Combat. We started looking at his stock. He asked me if I considered Les Baer and I had. Next, he made some calls to see what NH, WC, and LB (several are available most notable was the WC Elite Professional) he could get then he showed me his Gold Cup. By the time I left he had talked me out of the NH, WC, and LB. The defining question was when I asked if the custom 1911 were worth the $$$. He said, Yes, but the question you must ask yourself, will you notice $3000 better when shooting compared to your Colt LWT Commander. I think, for now, I'll stick with my Colt.
 

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I think they used to call that the old bait and switch. But I guess it depends on what you plan to do with the gun. If it's SD, I'd probably hold out for the NH or WC or LB, if I could afford that much 1911.
 

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The Gold Cup Nat'l Match was a very fine pistol. That would be a Series 70, I think. Those were good years for Colt 1911s IMHO.
If I were shopping for a quality NM the $1500 price wouldn't bother me at all.
 

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The Gold Cup Nat'l Match was a very fine pistol. That would be a Series 70, I think. Those were good years for Colt 1911s IMHO.
If I were shopping for a quality NM the $1500 price wouldn't bother me at all.

Yes, it is a Series 70. Thanks for the reply.
 

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Since it had the sights changed I would pass. I would just get a new Gold Cup and buy loading components with money I saved.
 

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Heck at $1500 I would pass even if it was all original. Are you buying a shooter or a collectable. There is no telling what type of work he has done or had done on the Gold Cup. Even if it was top quality work I would shy away. $800 would be about what I would be willing to pay, unless it was nib.
 

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Since it had the sights changed I would pass. I would just get a new Gold Cup and buy loading components with money I saved.
Good counsel

Heck at $1500 I would pass even if it was all original. Are you buying a shooter or a collectable. There is no telling what type of work he has done or had done on the Gold Cup. Even if it was top quality work I would shy away. $800 would be about what I would be willing to pay, unless it was nib.
I'm going to pass
 
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There were aftermarket rear sights that fit the National Match Gold Cups that did not require any alterations to the slide.

So if that is the case then the fact that the gun does not sport the original sights would be a neutral in the decision making.

Some of the aftermarket precision target sights for the Gold Cup were very expensive. Just FYI.
 

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There were aftermarket rear sights that fit the National Match Gold Cups that did not require any alterations to the slide.

So if that is the case then the fact that the gun does not sport the original sights would be a neutral in the decision making.

Some of the aftermarket precision target sights for the Gold Cup were very expensive. Just FYI.
Thanks for the info, OK!!!! It is good to receive input from unbiased parties when making a decision like this. For now, however, I'm going to pass. I'll use my Colt LWT Commander and continue to save for my next purchase (itch :wink:)
 

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There were aftermarket rear sights that fit the National Match Gold Cups that did not require any alterations to the slide.

So if that is the case then the fact that the gun does not sport the original sights would be a neutral in the decision making.

Some of the aftermarket precision target sights for the Gold Cup were very expensive. Just FYI.
If I could get my Series 70 Gold Cup back for that price, I'd do it. Selling it was the stupidest thing I ever did. A replaced rear sight wouldn't bother me at all - the sight that came with mine had a razor sharp top edges and corners that cut me, badly, when I carried it. If I had not sold it, the rear sight was going to be replaced with a sight that didn't cut to the point of requiring stitches.
 

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That gun has always interested me because I have a 72 Gold Cup NM. I have never seen them for that price.....generally $950 to $1050.

I can only tell you that after 11,000 rounds of my rather light reloads, 3.5 bullseye 200 gr. LSWC the gun is as good as new and NEVER had a misfire of any kind. ITs a great gun enjoying a well deserved retirement.
 
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