February 13, 2013

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.

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An extremely well-mannered rimfire pistol. It shot the best groups with two of our test ammos, showed no propensity to malfunction, and was easy to adjust for windage and elevation.

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.

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We got a nice, solid, comfortable grip on the Umarex. True 1911 feel, easy-to-see-and-adjust sights, reasonable trigger pull. The beavertail protected the web of the hand, unlike the Browning;s shorter tang.

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.

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When we did our job pulling the trigger, the Colt did its job grouping Golden Bullets.

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.



Comments (15)

Just got one 100 rounds down range did well at 20 yards no issues! cci tac. Ammo! Very happy,also have a Sig/GSG 1911-22 shoots much better out of the box

Posted by: eganrt | May 24, 2015 8:57 PM    Report this comment

I recently bought one of the Gold Cup versions of this gun. Really like the overall look and feel. However accuracy I have found to be lacking. This may be in part due to the over 8 lb. trigger pull I measured on the pistol. But at 25 yards staying in an 8 inch circle is a challenge.

Posted by: chuck0255 | February 3, 2015 1:46 PM    Report this comment

Of course there's more to that story, CT dave! That said, the details of what Paul Harvey would call "the rest of the story", are best left to the imagination.....

Posted by: canovack | February 15, 2013 11:10 AM    Report this comment

Sounds like a fun day Colonel. I suspect there's more to that story but it's good enough for the rest of us as you told it.

Posted by: CT dave | February 14, 2013 8:50 PM    Report this comment

Well CT dave, Bear1 and I both lucked into some lovely, practical, gun-loving women. My Texas Rose had never had any gun experience until we met back in 1982, while I was still on active duty in the Army. Her first experience was less than impressive, since the first pistol she fired was my Colt Government Model .45 ACP. She handled it very well, but when a hot spent case went down between her boobs, it was really quite amusing.....watching her rip off her clothes out in the pasture, where we were shooting. Once she got the hang of where the empties would go, she did quite well, but she still shies away from that 1911, preferring revolvers over the auto-pistols.

Posted by: canovack | February 14, 2013 8:32 PM    Report this comment

A guy just has to love any woman who likes guns enough to get one for Valentine's Day! Lucky you bear1.

Posted by: CT dave | February 14, 2013 8:17 PM    Report this comment

I am going to pick up a .22 in 1911 made in Germany this next week for my better half and I have been thinking of getting one of these colts for myself soon.
God Bless America and Our Troops Passed Present and Future.
Keeping to My Oath Locked Loaded and Keeping My Powder Dry.
Get the US Out of the UN and the UN Out of the US.
and a Happy Valintines Day to All don't forget the Better Half because thats why Mine is getting this one.

Posted by: bear1 | February 14, 2013 7:55 PM    Report this comment

In a 22cal I'll take a revolver every time.

Posted by: playhookie | February 14, 2013 3:37 PM    Report this comment

Nice pistol, Clean line's, For the price it look's to be one for the gun safe, make it a queen or user!.

Posted by: BulletsnBarrels | February 14, 2013 2:53 PM    Report this comment

I located one here in SA at Academy but it does NOT have the threaded barrel. I would really like to have a supressor.

Posted by: Cecil B | February 14, 2013 2:48 PM    Report this comment

C'mon Colonel - you can get both! I just need a job again to get any....

Posted by: CT dave | February 14, 2013 2:09 PM    Report this comment

Yeah.....It does look pretty interesting. Now.....It's a coin toss: The Ruger Light or this?

Posted by: canovack | February 14, 2013 1:37 PM    Report this comment

Sounds like a nice pistol. I need to get back to work so I have some money to spend on fun stuff.

Posted by: CT dave | February 14, 2013 12:45 PM    Report this comment

Now that looks like a gun I might be interested in. I am leaning toward bowing to the ATF and purchasing a supressor, so this might be lots of fun.

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