Ive had the notion to do a comparison thread for a while now, personally Ive always liked any type of comparison between 1911s, theres some extra perspective there which you dont get as much in a write up of only one gun. That said, I wanted to do something a little different with this comparison. Instead of commenting upon a couple modern guns, Im putting my old Colt National Match Model Gold Cup, one of the best 1911s of its day, up against my Les Baer Premier II, one of the finest 1911s available today. So if youre still with me on this crazy concept, lets get started. First Impressions- The Colt NM Model was certainly a very different 1911 when it was introduced in 1957. I believe it was the first production 1911 to offer features such as a lowered and flared ejection port, a flat topped and serrated slide, and a wide target trigger. Colts high polish blue from this era is very good, in fact, probably better than most blue youll find today. Colts roll markings on this model were nice and small, and offered a very clean look, the Gold Cup name was totally absent on these first models. This was in my opinion, one of the most aesthetically pleasing 1911s ever made. In handling this gun, the first thing I noticed was the slide to frame fit, its tight with very little play. Thats right, I said tight and Colt in the same sentence. Its not at all like the other Colts I own, or have handled in the past. The bushing doesnt require the use of a wrench, but my old Colt has been shot quite a bit, so it may have been a little tighter way back in 1962. The trigger is also excellent, smooth with no creep and breaks at what Id estimate to be around 4.5 pounds. Mine came with the older Accro sights, as opposed the more common Elliasons which came around a year or two after my gun was made. I find the sights to be good, but not great by todays standard. Les Baers Premier II is one of Baers most popular entry models, and one of the most popular semi customs available today, and its not difficult to why. Mine is your average PII and comes with the standard blued finish, FCS, and standard slide markings. Of course, nowadays there are options abound, hard chrome, naked slides, ambi safes, even optional 1.5 at 50 yard accuracy guarantees which would have likely been unfathomable back in the 60s. This is one area where the 1911 world has made considerable strides in the past few decades. The Premier II is very well made, with absolutely no frame to slide play. Up front, the bushing is also very tight, youll certainly need the plastic bushing wrench supplied within that legendary cardboard box. Overall its the tightest gun in my collection, and possibly the tightest gun Ive ever handled. The front strap is hand checkered and provides a firm grip in conjunction with the fully checkered cocobolo grips. The Bomar sights are outstanding, and easily adjustable. The bluing is good, but not great, the slide stop is a bit plum on mine. 　 At the range- 　 First off, let me say Im no championship marksman, not even close. :embarassed: But weathering on, I can say that both of these guns are quite accurate, more so than myself. Baers 3 guarantee at 50 yards speaks for itself, and the Colt is no slouch. The biggest factor for me is the sights. The sights on the Baer are appreciably better, which I feel were the biggest factor in the smaller groups I shot with the PII. The triggers on both guns are great, a little heavier on the NM, but still smooth and very conducive to good shooting. Both guns eject brass strait out the side during firing, which surprised me a little with the Colt since the others Ive shot occasionally would spit a piece at me. I like the lack of a radius cut under the trigger guard on the Baer, gives just a little bit better feel than the traditionally radiused Colt. Checkering on the Baer is also a nice feature, whereas the Colt has a serrated front strap, which looks nice but doesnt offer the extra grip of checkering. Both guns cycle smoothly, and neither have had a malfunction in the few hundred rounds Ive put through them. The controls function smoothly and positively on both pistols, I did find the PIIs oversize safety to be easier to manipulate. Conclusion- I know what youre saying 38, how can you possibly compare a production 1911 from 1962 to a modern semi custom Les Baer? And youre right its a strange comparison. My goal was to point out how far weve come in the past decades, and also to illustrate that as much as things change, in many aspects in which theyve remained the same. Although the National Match Model Colt isnt quite on par with the PII, I feel its definitely comparable with some of the better production 1911s available today. For anyone who made it through all that, thanks for reading and Merry Christmas. -Cody Wanna kill these ads? We can help!