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Old May 13th, 2020, 03:50 PM #1
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Lockdown C&R acquisitions

During the lockdown I received my C&R license so I decided to spend my time constructively.

I picked up these two nice examples:

The first is a 1967 Ruger Bearcat and the second is a 1966 Colt National Match. All in all, I am pretty happy.
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During the lockdown I received my C&R license so I decided to spend my time constructively.



I picked up these two nice examples:



The first is a 1967 Ruger Bearcat and the second is a 1966 Colt National Match. All in all, I am pretty happy.
Both very nice. Didn't know they made gold cups back then, I may have to look in to that.
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It's a 1966 (?) Government model with a later Gold Cup slide and a bunch of upgrades it looks like.
The post-war National Match has a "NM" serial number suffix, the Government model has a "C" prefix (early) or suffix (1950-1970).
The 1960's NM have material removed from the slide to lighten it so probably just as well.

Colt referred to them as Gold Cup National Match early on, and it's on the 1960's boxes but the slide is just marked "National Match" w/o the Gold Cup until the 1970's Mark IV.

Here's an excellent run-down on the history:
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=386144
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Welcome to the C&R club.... it tends to be an expensive addiction. Nice pick-ups!
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I got a similar vintage Bearcat late last year. I am pleasantly surprised by how accurate it is. Has yours been back-fit with the transfer bar (safety conversion)?
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It's a 1966 (?) Government model with a later Gold Cup slide and a bunch of upgrades it looks like.
The post-war National Match has a "NM" serial number suffix, the Government model has a "C" prefix (early) or suffix (1950-1970).
The 1960's NM have material removed from the slide to lighten it so probably just as well.

Colt referred to them as Gold Cup National Match early on, and it's on the 1960's boxes but the slide is just marked "National Match" w/o the Gold Cup until the 1970's Mark IV.

Here's an excellent run-down on the history:
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=386144
You are absolutely correct. I wanted a shooter and I hope that is what I got.
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I wanted a shooter and I hope that is what I got.
Congrats on finally getting your C&R and beginning to add stuff to your bound book! My bet is you have a shooter that will make its debut at a Hooligan Shoot real soon...

The Bearcat is a treasure. You were definitely enjoying it last Sunday. We can't wait to see your new 1911!

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Very nice ! I actually just let mine drop, I had it for the last 6 years and have picked up more than i could have dreamed.
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Been on a bit of a buying spree (for me at least) lately.

My M98 Yugo came in just before the crisis started rearing its head here in MD.



I sent in my form to the CMP for a Service Grade Garand the other week (they have it, but have to get through the backlog from mid March first)

And I just won a 1942 Savage Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.1* with intact flaming bomb and U.S. Property marks, and no importation mark. It's in need of some restorative work, but nothing I can't handle.


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During the lockdown I received my C&R license so I decided to spend my time constructively.

I picked up these two nice examples:

The first is a 1967 Ruger Bearcat and the second is a 1966 Colt National Match. All in all, I am pretty happy.
Nice. I have noticed prior to reading about it how the older 22 Pistols were set up for a 6:00 hold on a 25 yard NRA target (I think that is how it is). So when shooting a small 8" steel gong at 25 yards, I have to aim low w/ my Ruger Single six, Ruger Mark I and the High Standard.
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