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During a discussion on another forum somebody made a comment that all GCNM guns went thru the custom shop. That makes sense to me except for the following:

Back in those days the GCNM guns did not have custom shop labels unless they were actually custom. For example all the blued guns used standard labels such as the gold foil or the bar coded paper labels on the wood grain boxes. However if you had it modified such as custom sights, trigger or maybe it was E-Nickel it then had a custom shop label on the gun.

If you think about pythons as well, they were hand fitted guns but not custom shop guns unless they were customized from standard and then they went to the CS for modifications and got the custom shop label.

So, the question is were those GCNM guns all built in the CS or were they done as standard production unless custom ordered?
 

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No. The Series 70 Gold Cup was a standard production handgun. The CS made some with special features as ordered.
 

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Generally no unless it was a special order. The ones I know that were are the first of the Colt Gold Cup Trophys (GCTs) about 1997. Initially those were made in the Colt Custom Shop and often had non Colt parts like a marked Kings barrel bushing. Not sure how many GCTs were made there till they switched to general production.
 
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