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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-30-2019, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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So I got this 1911 Colt Gold Cup........

I came across a 1911 Colt Gold Cup through my father-in-law a few years ago. The gun is in excellent shape but i would guess has not been shot since the late 80s. (it has been shot) I actually got the Original book with it and the purchaser wrote in the back he purchased it in 1980.

Long story short, I have never had a 1911. This gun has sat, I field stripped it and put it back together and all seems well. since it sat so long, Is there anything I should worry about before taking it to the range? should any springs need replaced etc?

Any input and advise would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-30-2019, 08:39 AM
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Just go shoot it. No problems if it just sat. enjoy it.
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Other than maybe cleaning off any old lube that may be gummed up and re-applying a fresh, light coat where needed....just go shoot it.

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Hello,

When I had one like you now have it was a very good weapon.

...........BUT.....

They do not like hard ball full power ammo, use target light loads.


The front sight came off due to the light spring, I had the sight replaced several times.

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They are great pistols. There is no reason you should be concerned about shooting it. As Uncle Joe said the Gold Cup was sold as a target pistol and they were set up for 45 ACP target ammo. You may want to check the recoil spring. It may be the original recoil spring or it may have been replaced with a spring to use standard velocity ammo. The recoil spring, target sights and the upgraded finish were the only things separating the Gold Cup from the regular Government model.

I have a Gold Cup and I have been shooting since 1970. Never an issue.

BTW they are worth a lot more today than they were in 1980.

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I got a better idea for you. Strip it, and meticulously clean it inside and out. Then give it a nice fresh coat of oil. Get yourself a pistol sock and put it in your safe. Repeat the coat of oil once a year. Occasionally take it out and look at it. Then when you die leave it in your will for your kid. He'll be very happy!

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I agree with the others, it should be fine to shoot.

You are a lucky man to have received such a fine firearm.

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