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mag well helps speed magazine insertion. The
beavertail grip safety includes a speed bump
and is an upswept design with the proper
notch for the Commander-style round-spur
hammer. Grips are checkered G10 models.
Operating controls are left-side-extended
magazine release, extended slide release and
a combat-style thumb safety. The trigger is
a flat-faced three-hole aluminum design and
features an overtravel adjustment screw. Out
of the box the trigger pull measured 4 pounds,
3 ounces on my Lyman Digital Gauge. There
was a hint of take-up and a very crisp break.
The rear sight is a fully adjustable Bomarstyle with a serrated black blade. The front
sight is dovetailed into the frame, without a
ramp, and sports a FO rod that I measured
at .080. Red was installed, but the design
makes for easy replacement of the FO rod.
The Colt website noted that the 9mm
Gold Cup Trophy comes with a nine-round
magazine. The test gun I received had a very
nice 10-round magazine with an extended base
plate. Colt tells me that 10 rounds is correct. The
gun came with one magazine, but additional
10-round magazines are available
from Midway or Brownells.

The magwell and extended base plate on the 10-round
magazine made for fast and positive slide-lock reloads.

It ships in a foam-lined, lockable plastic
case, with a bushing wrench, trigger lock,
chamber flag, Instruction Manual and one
10-round magazine.

ON THE RANGE
As experience with tightly fitted 1911 guns has
taught me, once my initial inspection of the
gun was done I gave it a quick strip and lube
before heading to the range. Match-grade
1911s don't normally run well when dry.
Given the multiple roles this gun can play in
action-pistol shooting, I assembled a variety of
loads. Some shooters prefer the softer recoil
"push" of heavier 9mm bullets at a Minor PF,
as opposed to the sharper "snap" that results
when lighter bullets are driven to the velocities needed to make a comfortable 125 PF.
I included two loads that have worked well for
me-the 147-grain Federal American Eagle
FMJ and the 147-grain Atlanta Arms FMJ
load. Mid-range loads included the Federal
American Eagle 124-grain FMJ, Aguila
124-grain FMJ and the Lapua 123-grain
FMJ that had performed well during
a previous test session. The last
load was the SIG Elite Performance 115-grain FMJ.
The black serrated Bomar-style
rear sight zeroed quickly
and mated well with
the front FO sight.

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