Top Choices for the Competitive Shooter: Colt Competition and Gold Cup Series Pistols

Colt’s Manufacturing offers two outstanding options for competitive 1911 handgun shooters, the Competition Series and the Gold Cup Trophy Series. Tested in the heat of competition, these Colt 1911’s offer the avid enthusiast or the full-time competitive shooter the most proven pathway to victory.

The Colt Competition Series is an authentic competition 1911, designed for absolute domination of the range or field. The Competition 1911 is available in 38 Super, 45 ACP, and 9mm, and is equipped with the features needed in fast-paced and timed competition venues.

The pistols in the Competition Series feature custom G10 checkered blue grips, upswept beavertail safety, and undercut trigger guards that keep the pistol low in hand for increased control. Also, standard in the Competition Series, Colt’s Dual Recoil spring system reduces felt recoil while extending recoil spring life. National Match® Barrels and Novak adjustable rear and fiber optic front sights provide precision shooting.

The Colt Gold Cup® Trophy Series pistols are the preferred choice for the modern competitor participating in any handgun challenge. These pistols are offered in 9MM, 38 Super, and 45 ACP.

True to its legacy, the newly redesigned Gold Cup Trophy is built with features that seasoned shooters demand. A National Match barrel, and adjustable rear sights guarantee precision down range. The Gold Cup Trophy features competition ergonomics through its stunning Colt competition-blue G10 grips and 25 LPI checkering on the front and rear of the frame. In addition, the Gold Cup Trophy adds an extended magwell for lightning-fast reloads. 

“The Gold Cup Trophy has a very special place in my heart,” said Mark Redl, Colt pro shooter of 14 years. “Built with U.S. steel forgings, as with all Colt 1911s, this gun is one of the most durable and reliable pistols for action competition shooting. It has all the features for today’s top competitors.”

When the match is on the line, serious shooters count on the Colt Competition series and the Colt Gold Cup® Trophy series pistols.

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Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC ( is among the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms. Founded by Samuel Colt in 1836, Colt’s Manufacturing has supplied civilian, military and law enforcement customers in the United States and abroad for over 185 years. Colt operates its manufacturing facility in West Hartford, Conn.

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