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.
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.
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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