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1967 Colt National Match - Check it out! :):)

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by bac1023, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. bac1023

    bac1023

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    Well guys, I picked up the Colt that I won on Gunbroker last week...

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=173430688

    As I figured, the seller's photos did this gun little justice. In fact, though I tried my best, I'm not even sure my photos fully represent this classic. Its got to be one of the most beautiful pistols, 1911 or otherwise, that I've ever seen in my life. It really is that nice. :cool:

    On top of that, everything about the gun is top quality. The trigger is terrific, the controls very precise, and the gun is remarkably tight. I feel no side to side play between the slide and frame whatsoever. I can't say that about my new Colts or very many of my newer production guns. Colt really built these things back then.

    Other than the box and paper work, there is no mention of the moniker "Gold Cup". All the gun says is "National Match" and I believe that's what they were referred to. "Gold Cup" wasn't stamped on these guns until the series 70 was introduced and mine is pre series 70.

    Enough rambling, I'll let the pics do the talking. The Colt royal bluing back then was a sight to behold and this gun looks like it just left the factory, despite being 43 years old. :wow:



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    I love how the Elliason sight is called "new" on the notice in this pic. :animlol:


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  2. bac1023

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    There are no cratered roll marks on this baby like you see on the newer Colts. In fact, all my other Colts have badly cratered roll marks.

    There's nothing like that here at all. Its just a beautifully crafted work of art.


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    The bluing is the nicest of any 1911 I own. Its incredible. The only others of mine that approach it is my Yost custom and my Ed Brown Classic Custom.

    The funny thing is that I'm not even a huge Colt 1911 fan. However, this gun is unlike any Colt I have that was built recently, including my Special Combat Government. They just don't make them like this anymore. Back in the day, before all the custom and semi custom models were around, this was basically the top 1911 and I can surely see why.

    Well, what do you think? Comments??
     

  3. Hokie1911

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    Nice score Brian. Simply gorgeous in it's simplicity. :wow:
     
  4. Dandapani

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    I have a friend with a similar vintage Colt Python. Same kind of bluing.
     
  5. Jason D

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    Very nice Bac.
    She could be a twin to mine.
     
  6. KillStick

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    That is a beautiful piece, congrats Bac.
     
  7. brisk21

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    That is phenominal!!! You just can't beat a high polished blued 1911 by Colt. Let us know how it shoots.
     
  8. gruntmedik

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  9. bac1023

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    Cool.

    Yeah, I also have a couple old blued Pythons from the mid 60's to early 70's.
     
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    Looks great. I am a sucker for the beautiful blued classic colts. Will this make a trip to the range any time soon?
     
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    I think whoever made that is probably dead. :rofl:
     
  12. Ruggles

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    American Craftsmanship Indeed!
     
  13. bac1023

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    :rofl:

    Since Colt has had quite a few older folks working there over the years, I'd say you're probably right, Jeff. ;)
     
  14. Jim Watson

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    Very nice.
    The fact that the box is labeled "Gold Cup" but the gun is not so marked confuses a lot of people. To me, a "National Match" is the pre-war gun.
     
  15. bac1023

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    Maybe so.

    I'll probably pick a 1930's era NM up at some point. :)
     
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    It's a very beautiful gun congrats!
     
  17. Rinspeed

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    That old school bluing done by Colt, in the day, is not equaled by anyone today as far as I'm concerned, are you going to shoot it Brian.
     
  18. flieger67

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    Looks like a time-machine sort of find. It's amazing that it's over 40 years old and looks basically mint.

    Very nice and thanks for sharing the pics.
     
  19. BlayGlock

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    Very nice. So do you shoot like that guy on the instruction booklet?
     
  20. Dean22

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    Bac I'm sure has a much nicer sweater vest while shooting...rest I imagine is about the same...:whistling: