Colt Gold Cup: Still Looking Good Decades Later
By Don Summers
We at Guns.com love a good, nostalgic competition pistol and what better one to dive into than the Series 80 Colt Gold Cup from the Vault.
History of the Gold Cup
The Gold Cup Match Pistol’s history begins in the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship– today’s Civilian Marksmanship Program. Created in 1903 as part of the War Department Appropriations Act, the measure was designed to improve military marksmanship while also granting civilians the opportunity to learn and practice their marksmanship skills in the event they were called to serve in the U.S. military. President Theodore Roosevelt, Secretary of War Elihu Root, NRA President General Byrd Spencer were among the supporters of the act.
The National Dogs of War Trophy, which continues as one of the most prestigious team trophies in U.S. marksmanship, was the first award. When National Trophy Matches expanded to include pistol events, the first pistol trophy awarded was the General Custer Trophy. It typically goes to the national trophy individual pistol champion. The national matches began in Caldwell, New Jersey but migrated to Camp Perry in Ohio in 1907.
The Colt Gold Cup is a beautiful competition gun. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
At the 1932 National Matches, Colt debuted its first