Originally Posted by bigd.45
Hey guys should I leave it in stock form or mess w/ it? Condition is about an 8 out of 10.
If 8 out of 10 as you describe (technically, that's 80%) and you don't have the original box and accessories, it's not really all that special. Unless it has some provenance or history denoting it different from others just like it, then it is actually a quite common gun. If it's an early production 70 Series Gold Cup, notably with the "large letters" on the slide, that would make it a little more rare and special; quality on those early guns seemed to be better than later production 70 Series Gold Cups. But overall, Colt made plenty of the 70 Series Gold Cups - they are rather common. Of course, here in CA it seems like a hard to find gun, and we see it as overtly special only because of the limitations presented to us by SB15, but if you were to go to a gun store in another state, or go on Gunbroker or Gunsamerica, there are PLENTY available in NIB/unfired condition.
Another thing to note is that the "legend" of the 70 Series Gold Cups is a slightly overrated. They are nice, and personally, a couple of my early "G" serial number Gold Cups shoot as well as my Les Baer TRS. However, after some time, Colt let the quality get sloppy and the majority of the guns labeled "Gold Cup" became a marketing gimmick - still good guns, but just "good" not great.
If you are shooting it anyway, as you might with any 80% gun, and it doesn't have it's box or any other special quality making it noteworthy (other than "it's yours") there is no harm in changing out parts and doing with it as you will. My consideration to the fact that "they ain't making anymore" tends to say customize it in ways that can easily be changed back and save the original parts, but my rationale side would say, unless it has some of the conditions I mentioned, you could even go with customizing it to the hilt. Unless it has some unique features or is NIB, it's just another "old gun".