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I'm looking for input on the Mk. IV Series 70 Gold Cup National Match (original series 70: 70s-early 80's) as to reliability, function, etc. I have a Colt 1991A1 Commander, which I like, and a Kimber Classic Custom, which I can't say enough good things about. I have the opportunity to purchase a very good condition used Gold Cup, and would like to hear all comments as to if it's worth it (appx. $1g).

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The early Gold Cups were very nice guns, that had extra care lavished on their fit and finish, compared to other 1911s in the Colt line. Later on, they became essentially the Colt with adjustable sights. I bought a early Series 80 Gold Cup sans frame, and it is rough, even compared to a G.I. gun (my early Series 80 Commander is much nicer); the early Series 70 guns were just beautiful, inside and out. I would pay $1000 for a Gold Cup, but not without a thorough inspection, to make sure it is of the latter type.
 
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