Colt Announces New Competition 1911s, Lower Pricing

The competition-oriented Colt Gold Cup Trophy expands on the National Match design with even more high-end, semi-custom features. Its price might surprise you. (Photo: Colt)

Colt is adding two new 1911-pattern pistols to their Gold Cup series. The new Gold Cup Trophy pistols are chambered for .45 ACP and 9mm Luger. Colt is also lowering prices on the company’s Competition series, making them an even greater value.

“Everything about this pistol was designed to make it an affordable option for the professional competitor to engage in the most elite shooting match in the world,” said Team Colt shooter Mark Redl. “Now, for the cost of perhaps one or two [custom] services you can buy a brand new Gold Cup with the upgrades right from the factory.”

While Colt has had its ups and downs over the years, currently their products are some of the best-made guns at their price point. Colt’s 1911s in particular have earned a rep as some of the best in class.

The Gold Cup and Colt Competition Series-70 pistols are great ways to get into 1911 games. These full-size modern guns have improved feature sets making them solid all-purpose pistols as well.

Capacity is 8+1 in .45 ACP and 9+1 in 9mm. (Photo: Colt)

The Gold Cup Trophy expands on the standard Gold Cup design with a host of high-end features. Built on stainless steel frames the guns have a two-tone matte and brushed stainless finish.

The guns have hand-fit National Match barrel and adjustable sights for the most precision shooting applications. The front sights are fiber optic Novak sights while the rear sights are fully adjustable Bomar-style target sights. The slides are also cut with lowered and flared ejection ports for improved reliability.

Trophy pistols in 9mm and .45 ACP have the same suite of improvements starting with extended, skeletonized controls. The pistols have upswept beavertails with “memory buttons” for consistent, high-up hand placement. The frames have fine 25-line-per-inch checkering on the grip and mainspring housing for superior control.

The guns have machined blue and black G10 grips emblazoned with the Colt logo. The grips run flush with the pistols’ extended, flared magwells for high-speed reloads. Each gun comes with two full-size magazines fit with bumper pads that extend past the magwell for positive insertion in addition to safe ejection.

In both 9mm and .45 ACP the Gold Cup Trophy guns have a $1,699 MSRP. Real-world prices should be under $1,500 which is a surprisingly low price for guns with this kind of meticulous work.

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$899 for matte blue models, brushed stainless starts at $999. (Photo: Colt)

If that’s still too steep for a 1911 the Colt Competition series now starts at just $899. These guns are offered in 9mm, .45 ACP and now .38 Super. It may take a while for real-world prices to reflect the change but in time these guns will list for well under sticker price, too.

“We listened,” said Paul Spitale, SVP at Colt. “At $899 for a blued model in 9mm or .45 ACP, the Competition Pistol is a screaming deal, and one that our customers really appreciate.”

The Colt Competition pistols are also built on two-tone brushed stainless steel or matte blue frames and have fixed fiber optic Novak sights and skeletonized, extended controls. They also feature dual recoil springs for improved recoil management.

These entry-level race guns have standard magwells and un-checkered frames to keep prices low. They still have the same National-Match barrels and machined G10 grips for fast, accurate shooting.

If you’ve been longing for a 1911 with modern features for competition shooting or just some time in at the range now’s a great time to buy Colt.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • WR May 12, 2017, 3:54 pm

    You colt haters are full of it. I have a bone stock blue government 1911 with a 2011 manufacture date that is awesome and rock solid tight; all I did was add a egw bushing and it shoots 1-1.5 inch groups at 25 yards offhand all day. It is the tightest frame to slide fit of all my 1911’s except maybe my Dan Wesson. I paid 700 brand new and put about 25.00 into it. It is one bad ass shooter. I was shocked when I initially saw the superior fit and finish at this price point because of all the bad press you fucktards put on the internet forums about colt. Colt may have some financial problems but they are still one of the best on the block.

  • Mike Plunkett April 21, 2017, 4:03 pm

    Have recently bought new Colt commander and added this stainless beauty to my collection. I love it, and its a second home gun to my carry kimber custom carry two.

  • Charles April 21, 2017, 3:35 pm

    Colts are made for upper bracket in terms of $$$$$s. So many other products to choose from.

  • Cyrus April 21, 2017, 2:25 pm

    . . . I’ll stick with my HK45CT

  • bjg April 21, 2017, 1:37 pm

    How about a plain 1911 for just shooting at tin cans and such for under $500.

    • Paul April 21, 2017, 3:11 pm

      Rock Island comes close and with a bit of common sense can be tuned to make a nice piece.

  • Deanna Townsend April 21, 2017, 12:43 pm

    How do we go about getting a product reviewed and put on your website?

  • FirstStateMark April 21, 2017, 11:17 am

    Not worth the price.

  • don comfort April 21, 2017, 11:01 am

    As Long as Colt continues to do business in one of the most Anti Gun States in the U.S.,I will
    not be buying their products. They pay an enormous amount of $$ every year to the sate of Connecticut
    that end up being used for Anti gun purposes! I want no part of that.

  • Randall Tallent April 21, 2017, 7:15 am

    Where can I buy one
    Zip 35904

    • Raven33 April 21, 2017, 2:03 pm

      Only from a stocking dealer. Colt restricts sales to dealers who carry stock. They don’t allow the little guy that cannot afford to keep thousands of dollars worth of weapons to sell their product. Fine with me. I wouldn’t sell it for them now if they wanted me to sell it. If they want to put restrictions on sales then more power to them. I will not be a reseller or customer of Colt until they change their policy.

  • Cam April 21, 2017, 1:15 am

    Wow, such novelty thing, they are so novel that I bought a rock island with a same things and match bull barrel for $528

    • Jim Miller April 21, 2017, 11:33 am

      …but the little horsey stamp adds to the cost! Seriously though, at least they are headed in the right direction in a very competitive market.

  • Will Drider April 19, 2017, 6:09 pm

    Colt may be listening but they fail to comprehend. They tout “features” like they are something new to the Market. High prices and you can see the MIM parts! Colt is still selling their name to the uninformed while it is attached to a average product. You don’t need to spend more then $1K for a stock 1911 that will out class and out shoot these colts.

    • Dale April 21, 2017, 8:58 am

      Colt is starting to get it finally. But I’ll stick with my Springfield’s​. I even own a Taurus PT1911 That​ is built tighter and out shoots the two previous Colt Gold Cups that I have owned.

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