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doc540
09-03-2010, 9:08 AM
VERY pleased when I opened the box yesterday and found it to be in better condition than I'd even hoped for:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/1911/Colt%20Gold%20Cup%201978/DSCN2799-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/1911/Colt%20Gold%20Cup%201978/DSCN2810-1.jpg

So, I called the lady in Colt Customer Service regarding the finish.

She told me there was a "National Match Blue" and a "Royal Blue", but she did not know which finish was applied in 1978.

She also told me I could order the Colt "letter" for $100 that might answer my question about which finish it has.

Then she told me the Letter was their only available resource regarding that question.

What do the experts here know for sure?

Here's a factory finish 1967.
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/012-6.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/006-6.jpg

Here's a factory refinish in "Royal Blue".
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/coltROYALblue.jpg

Thanks for your help.

Chief-7700
09-03-2010, 9:53 AM
Nice pictures of two different Colts.
Picture # 1 You can see the Roll Marks on the slide and the grip screws are oriented in the same direction.
Picture # # You can't see the roll marks and the grip screws are not oriented in the same direction.
IMHO

wsmc27
09-03-2010, 11:40 AM
I'm not an expert, but our early 80's Ser70/MxIV GCNM looks like the factory '67 pics, not that lower more "Royal" blue color.

Sorry, no pics to share right now. :(

Congrats on your nice Gold Cup!

maddoggie13
09-03-2010, 11:45 AM
Wow, nicely done... like my python elite.

doc540
09-03-2010, 12:32 PM
Nice pictures of two different Colts.
Picture # 1 You can see the Roll Marks on the slide and the grip screws are oriented in the same direction.
Picture # # You can't see the roll marks and the grip screws are not oriented in the same direction.
IMHO

?

There are three different Colts pictured.

pyromensch
09-03-2010, 5:36 PM
?

There are three different Colts pictured.

as was mentioned the grip screws alignment in 4 and 5 are also different

Colt
09-03-2010, 5:42 PM
Beautiful!

Not sure about the finish designation, but the new one looks like the "National Match" blue, more than the Royal blue.

Chief-7700
09-03-2010, 5:44 PM
The question is which one did you buy?