Pre gunshow special ... $1,350 OBO.
"This is one of the National Match pistols that Colt made in the mid 1960's, produced before the Gold Cup markings were added. It has a solid barrel bushing rather than a collet one which was added to later models." From a Lock Stock and Barrel listing of one of their auctions.
According to "Colt's Dates of Manufacture" by R.L. Wilson, this pistol was manufactured by Colt in 1967. The gun listed here is no longer completely original. It has the factory slide and frame with the -NM suffix serial number, trigger, internal parts and barrel bushing and comes with the pictured small parts that have been replaced, including the original rear sight. The frame was modified for the beavertail grip safely. An aftermarket barrel has replaced the original. As best I recall; The magazine funnel, mainspring housing, beavertail grip safety and ambidextrous thumb safety are all Wilson parts. The rear sight is Champion, with a serrated blade, front is a Novak fiber optic model, installed by Novak after they dovetailed the slot into the slide. I do not recall who made the G10 grip panels that are on the gun. The hammer was bobbed slightly to clear the beavertail grip safety. Stippling on the front of the grip frame can be removed (peeled off). It is not cut into the metal. I just have it on there for occasional IDPA match use. Magazine release is original, as is the bluing on the entire piece, except for where the gunsmiths touched up the finish where modifications were made.
The barrel that was in the gun when I purchased it in 1990 is included. Slide to frame fit remains very tight as it was used regularly in PPC and later in IDPA competition, both with only very light competition loads. It regularly shot Grand Master scores in PPC and Expert in IDPA. The only time it was shot with "major power" loads, while I have owned it, was when I used it in the USPSA Single Stack Nationals in 2010.
Funny story ... I was living on the east side of Michigan and was at a gunshow on the west side of Michigan, on a Sunday ... I had wanted one of these National Match Colts since the early 70's when my best friend bought one and took it out often when we went shooting every week ... a guy had this one on his table, priced at $1,000 and said it was on consignment and he couldn't take a penny less. I turned my pockets inside out and showed him that every cent I had with me was $915. He went and called the owner, who said he would take it. And I had to go find an ATM that would accept my bank's ATM card to be able to buy gas to get home. But I've always loved the gun.
Later, after shooting PPC for most of a year with a revolver, like everyone seemed to think we were "supposed to", I was getting frustrated with shooting "almost" scores, even with a beautifully custom built Smith and Wesson L frame from the father and son Longs at Pineville Gun Shop, I asked the match director if I could shoot the next match with a 1911 and he said "sure". So the next match I finally shot 97 1/2% of a perfect score and made Grand Master by shooting powder puff loads in this pistol.
I'm too old to shoot the pistols much anymore. So I'm selling them off so my wife doesn't have to deal with them like my best friend's wife did.
What you see in the pictures is included, all of this and nothing else, except of course that no ammunition is included. It still shoots as accurately and functions as reliably as always.
Bring your Tennessee drivers license with your photo and birth date on it. Not interested in trades or lowball offers.