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What happned to Colt??

Post by jscandale on 4/7/2013, 7:52 am

I know that Colt has been passed around a few times in the last 20 years or so, but when did they make the business decision to produce crap? I have several older Colts, some are Series 70, some are Series 80, one Python, and a pre Seriees 70. Are are pretty primo with the exception of haveing to be worked if shooting for competition (with exception of the Python), but it sems that they have just made a decision of lowering quality. I guess it's just a sign of the times...

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Post by BE Mike on 4/7/2013, 8:06 am

I quit being a Colt fan long ago when they decided to ignore the civilian market. IMHO, except for the AR-15, they haven't produced a nice product in decades and certainly nothing in quantity for civilians.
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Post by jscandale on 4/7/2013, 8:13 am

I have a real soft spot for a real Gold Cup. Some thing about the integrated sight in the slide and the top rib just says class all the way to me. Today, the "Gold Cup" is nothing more than a standard government model with good sight slapped on it and a roll stamp on the side telling you what it is, nothing more. I think the only thing it shares with the original Gold Cup is the wide trigger, unless they nixed that as well. They ditched the Python and a high quality SAA. I guess they just weren't a good business decision since people don't like guns anymore. Wait till the North Koreans get here and well see what happens...I don't want to make this a political discussion, so that's the last you'll hear of that.

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Post by BE Mike on 4/7/2013, 8:18 am

As a past owner of a series 70 Colt Gold Cup, my opinion is that they are all show and no go.
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Post by jscandale on 4/7/2013, 8:20 am

You are right, they need a complete work up in order to shoot well, but the finished product is very nice if you are willing to spend the money or time on it.

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Post by tonyg on 4/16/2013, 7:22 pm

Hi BE Mike and Jscandale, I guess I was lucky and bought a good one at the
end of 1971. After I started shooting Bullseye in the middle of 1972, The
rangemaster at the LA GUN club in Redondo beach asked to test my Gold Cup.
He mounted it in his Ransom Rest and shot a series on 10 shot strings at 50 yds
using his match loads. The best 10 shot group measured 2.25"s ctc.

About 15 months ago, I sent the pistol to Wil O'Hara for a check up and a trigger
tune. He found the trigger pull still measured 3.5 lbs and the rest of the gun was
reasonably tight. The pistol is still being used in club matches by my son; until he
gets a custom Bullseye pistol capable of sub 2" grouping.

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Post by BE Mike on 4/17/2013, 9:02 am

tonyg wrote:Hi BE Mike and Jscandale, I guess I was lucky and bought a good one at the
end of 1971. After I started shooting Bullseye in the middle of 1972, The
rangemaster at the LA GUN club in Redondo beach asked to test my Gold Cup.
He mounted it in his Ransom Rest and shot a series on 10 shot strings at 50 yds
using his match loads. The best 10 shot group measured 2.25"s ctc.

About 15 months ago, I sent the pistol to Wil O'Hara for a check up and a trigger
tune. He found the trigger pull still measured 3.5 lbs and the rest of the gun was
reasonably tight. The pistol is still being used in club matches by my son; until he
gets a custom Bullseye pistol capable of sub 2" grouping.

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