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THE GUN
Like Colt's .45 ACP Gold Cup Trophy, this gun
uses the preferred Series 70 operating action
and is a full-size 1911 with a five-inch barrel.
The 9mm barrel has a 1:16-inch twist.

PHOTO BY AUTHOR

J

ohn Browning's classic 1911 design
earned its reputation in .45 ACP and has
become an iconic pistol for American
shooters. Subsequent years, however, have
seen the inclusion of additional calibers and
many 1911 action-pistol shooters have begun
to shift away from the .45 ACP.
The 1911 .45 ACP is still dominant in IDPA's
CDP division because the .45 ACP with a
165 Power Factor (PF) is required. But the 1911
meets all equipment requirements for ESP division and only a 125 PF is required there. The
9mm makes that easily-and with less recoil
than the .45 ACP. I know of at least one IDPA
National Championship where an ESP shooter won High Overall with a Colt 9mm 1911.
In USPSA Single Stack, the .45 ACP still has
a role for those who want the 165 PF Major
caliber scoring advantage. But the increased
capacity and lighter recoil of the 9mm in Minor
offer more options for speed through a courseof-fire and is earning the 1911 9mm a lot of
trophies in those divisions.
In Steel Challenge Single Stack division, it's
no contest. With no PF requirement, savvy
handloaders can craft loads, experiment with
different recoil springs and make 9mm recoil
little more than a .22 LR; which isn't possible
with the .45 ACP.
Competition 1911s in 9mm are making
major inroads against the traditional .45 ACP
dominance. The Colt 9mm Gold Cup Trophy
($1,699, Colt.com) is one of them.

Accuracy Chart
Groups fired from a 25-yard sandbag rest.
Group size (reported in inches) is the average
of three five-round groups fired.

Load

Group Size (inches)

American Eagle 147-grain FMJ

1.98

Atlanta Arms 147-grain FMJ

2.83

Aguila 124-grain FMJ

3.02

American Eagle 124-grain FMJ

2.55

Lapua 123-grain FMJ

2.38

SIG Performance Elite
115-grain FMJ

2.41

The frame, barrel and slide are constructed
from stainless steel with a brushed satin finish.
The slide is a round top design, while the dust
cover is smooth and sans rail. Empty weight is
38 ounces, with a width of 1.25 inches and an
overall length of 8.5 inches.
The frame features an undercut trigger
guard, with the front strap and rear mainspring
housing cut with 25 LPI checkering. A modest

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