Colt Walther Umarex 1911 Gold Cup Trophy No. 2245708 22 LR
Gun Tests magazine recently tested the full-size Colt Walther Umarex 1911 Gold Cup Trophy No. 2245708 22 LR. Here’s what they said:
To expand our coverage of whole-gun 22 LR 1911 replicas, we recently reviewed a unit that looks and feels very much like a 1911, albeit one is downsized. Our test guns was the full-size Colt Walther Umarex 1911 Gold Cup Trophy No. 2245708 22 LR, $455.
Introduced in 2011, the 22 Long Rifle platform used for the Umarex Colt Government 1911-22 Series is a licensed reproduction available in three rimfire variants, the Government Models 1911, 1911 Rail Gun, and 1911 Gold Cup. All three Colt Government rimfire models are engineered in true replica form, with fully functioning thumb and grip safeties and the 1911’s authentic half-cock mechanism. Grips and sights can be interchanged with a skeleton trigger, combat-style sights, beavertail grip safety, extended thumb safety, and a Commander-style hammer. Like its two brothers, the Colt 1911 Gold Cup Trophy has a 5-inch barrel, 12-round magazine, and drift-adjustable front and rear sights.
How We Tested
We first disassembled and lubed all the gun, oiling it as described in the owners manual. We then took a selection of standard- and high-velocity ammo and function-tested it, looking for ergonomic or feeding issues. It is often a problem with the scaled-down 1911 design that the small 22 LR round has to move a massive (in size) slide compared to standard 22 pistols, even if the slide is made of lightweight materials, such as the zinc and aluminum alloys employed in these pistols.
In the initial test-firing, we noted that the Umarex had one FTF. After familiarization, we cleaned it.
In the bench portion of the test, we got a good appreciation for the adjustable, easy-to-see sights on the Umarex. It was simply easier to manipulate and shoot than others we tested. Here’s the rundown.
Colt Walther Umarex 1911 Gold Cup Trophy No. 2245708 22 LR, $455
We’re pleased that after a long absence from the market, there is again a 22 LR 1911 pistol bearing the Colt name — along with Walther and Umarex. The left side of the Trophy pays tribute to its many corporate parents, denoting on the frame near the grip that Umarex of Fort Smith, Arkansas, is the importer and that the gun is “made by” Carl Walther Germany. Toward the muzzle, the pistol is further identified as carrying a licensed trademark of New Colt Holding Corp. On the right side, the slide remarks that this is indeed a Colt Gold Cup Trophy, with a picture of a cup as well.
The Umarex has a 1911-compliant firing mechanism, complete with a functional grip safety and removable mainspring housing. Umarex USA says that the following parts are standard 1911 design and can be interchanged with parts for any 1911: thumb safety; grip safety; disconnector; hammer and strut; sear; mainspring housing (and internal parts); sear spring; grips and grip screws; magazine catch; trigger; and hammer, sear and mainspring housing retainer pins. We may just keep this gun and see what-all we can add to it, and at what cost.
The Gold Cup has an upswept beavertail, elongated loop combat hammer, and adjustable target sights — the last item a massive advantage over the Browning’s fixed sights and a substantial edge over the GSG, which makes elevation changes with interchangeable front blades. On our gun, the finish was an evenly-applied matte black. We saw no machine marks showing through the finish on the exterior of the pistol, but we did see a couple of faint cast marks on the right side of the trigger guard.
The pistol ships with one 10- or 12-round stamped stainless magazine. Loading the magazine was easy due to the button on the side, another edge the Colt claimed over the others. The left-side-only grip safety on the test pistol had an easy-to-manipulate teardrop shape. The grips were black-rubber wraparounds with double-diamond checkering. They offered a solid grip on the gun.
Elsewhere, the tip of the barrel has a removable, protective cover, and taking it off with the supplied wrenches reveals a threaded (M8x.75) muzzle to accept a Carl Walther faux suppressor. A small slot in the upper part of the slide allows inspection of the chamber to see if a cartridge has been loaded. The slide locks open when the magazine is empty, which centerfire 1911 shooters will appreciate.
As we noted above, at 10 yards the Colt outshot others with the Winchester Target T22 ammo and the CCI Mini-Mags. The Colt shot 1.4 inches with the T22s. The Colt did much better with the Mini-Mags, 1.3 inches. The Golden Bullets came in at 1.8 inches.
Our Team Said: You may still want an Ace for historical and collectible value, but as an everyday shooter, the Colt Gold Cup Trophy performs like a Colt should.