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    1911 model difference question

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    I'm looking to buy my first 1911 and have narrowed the brand down to Colt. Now I'm just trying to decide on model and wanted to seek some guidance and/or suggestions. What are the main differences in the line-up features (I'm completely new to these). In particular, the Gold Cup Trophy vs. National Match?

    Appreciate any info you can share. Thanks!

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    The National Match was the original target pistol, it later became known as the Gold Cup in the '70s. You won't find a current production "National Match" minus the Gold Cup


    Colt Gold Cup® Series

    Here's a pretty good article on them:

    http://www.coolgunsite.com/nm_comm/colt_nm.htm

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    Sorry, I meant "Gold Cup Trophy" vs. "Gold Cup National Match"

    Thank you

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    Current production?

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    Yes, current production. Sorry for not stating in my initial post.

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    OK, both of those models are listed @ the link I gave above.

    The Trophy is a stainless steel gun with a "Commander" hammer and beavertail grip safety.

    The GC National Match is a blued carbon steel gun with standard grip safety and spurred hammer.

    Both are "accurized"

    GC Trophy:




    GC National Match


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    So essentially the hammer and finish. Thank you very much for the help.

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    And the grip safety.

    You're welcome

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