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I am looking to purchase a Gold Cup series 80, and need to check the age of the gun and to verify that the frame is indeed a God Cup frame.. The serial number is FN20048. Any help will be greatly appreciated. thanks. jm
 

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The proofhouse.com data base doesn't cover Series 80s. There are probably other data bases available, but the only way for sure is to call Colt C/S
at 1-800-962-Colt with the S/N and ask. They will have the info immediately available. They have normal business office hours for the East Coast.
 

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Probably 1987

In the reference book "Colt, An American Legend" by RL Wilson, the table of Colt serial numbers goes up to 1985. If you look under Gold Cups, the serial number FN01000 was produced in 1983. In 1984 the first Gold Cup produced had serial number FN03653. In 1985 the first Gold Cup produced had serial number FN11680.

If you assume that Colt was producing and selling about 8000 Gold Cups per year in 1985, the serial number of your gun, FN20048 would have been produced in early 1987.

And FN is a Gold Cup prefix.
 

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If the frame is cut for a wide trigger, it's almost certainly a Gold Cup frame.
 

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Of the two all original Gold Cups the one on the bottom was made in 1988 and has a serno of FN29xxx. It still has a collet barrel bushing, and of course the wider steel trigger.

 
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