Robert @ STP writes …

Pictured here is a Colt Delta gold cup 10mm, which came through the LGS that I work at. It was sold online one hour after posting. I called Colt,and they gave it a mfg date of 1990. Note the relatively low-mass Accro rear sight (when compared to a Bo-mar), and how far forward the Colt ’90s era rear slide serrations are. I have never been a fan of 10mm, but if I was ever going to add one to my collection, it would be this one.

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Very nice gun! Thanks Robert.



  • I think 10mm Delta Elite’s are the only ‘modern’ 1911’s I really, really like. Beautiful piece.

    • supergun

      The 45s are still KING.

      • Canadian Vet

        Agreed. 1911 in .45 ACP: if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

        • supergun

          Two of the most beautiful weapons ever made. #1 1911 45acp #2 M~16

          • Justin

            The M16/AR15 is beautiful? Badass, sure, but beautiful?

          • supergun

            Most beautiful rifle ever made. Badass and Beautiful. Just like most Women.

          • DaveP.

            “The Dominatrix of Rifles”.

          • supergun

            Like a Woman, the most dangerous of all.

      • Tothe

        Having fired a nice custom 10mm 1911, I am inclined to disagree. The .45 ACP is a good cartridge, but 10mm is no second-rate substitute.

        • supergun

          Both guns are awesome.

      • Anonymoose

        .460 Rowland is the superior choice.

    • DIR911911 .

      just changing a caliber should never be considered making something”modern” , it’s still the same gun.

  • Devil_Doc

    Not a fan of 10mm? Heathen…

    • supergun

      No, he is not a heathen. Some people have no business with a 10mm. The FBI gave it up, because it wanted to go where no other bullets traveled.

      • Rusty Shackleford


        • supergun

          Star trek bullet. They changed back to the 40. Now they are using the 9mm, I hear. Go figure.

          • iksnilol

            Just give it a couple of years and they will be using 9mm necked down to 8mm. Then they might possibly move on further and use 7.62×25.

          • supergun

            Only if there is a demand for it. For me, no.

      • Devil_Doc

        I agree that some people can’t handle a 10mm. But for those who do, it’s an incredibly versatile round. Especially if you reload…

        • supergun

          I know, I am intrigued with that bullet. Just have not pulled the trigger and bought one yet.

  • USMC03Vet

    The best part is the wear marks meaning somebody did the right thing and shot the hell out of it. Fine guns should be shot.

  • Pastor Dan

    So….. if I have to ask, I can’t afford it?

    • supergun

      yelp. Just get the CZ or the Elite Tanfoglio.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        It’s too bad the 10MM variant of the Sar K2 never came to fruition, but the Tanfoglio Elite Match is probably the best priced option for a steel 10MM pistol right now.

        • supergun

          Glock makes a decent 10mm don’t they?

          • iksnilol

            Myes, but it isn’t steel. Some people want steel for some strange reason.

            To me it seems a bad idea to have a lightweight gun like a Glock in a powerful cartridge like 10mm Auto. It’s kinda like those mountain guns that are chambered in 300 winmag while weighing as little as a .22 LR.

          • supergun

            You got a point there.

          • DaveP.

            I owned one for several years and still wish I had one. Recoil wasn’t magnum-bad, more snappy than the G21 but by no means unmanageable even in rapid fire strings. Even more, the vast majority of factory-loaded 10mm ammo is pretty much downloaded from the original Norma fireball, to the point where it’s closer to “hot .40” than anything else. If you can handle a .357 (either one) 10mm holds no fears for you.

          • iksnilol

            Eh, I was thinking about that hot 10mm ammo. IIRC the SAAMI and CIP specs for 10mm Auto are way lower than what they should be.

          • DaveP.

            Norma was 200 grains at 1200 fps. Silvertips were 175 at 1290, and the Blazer aluminum-case I used as practice ammo was 200 at 1000. Trust me on this, unless you’re using the Buffalo Bore high-end stuff 10mm out of a full-size Glock isn’t a problem.Now the old Remington 185-grain +p out of a steel-frame Colt Commander- THAT was painful.

      • Ben Loong

        Yeah, the 10mm Tanfoglio Combat is pretty much the closest you can get to a properly-working Bren Ten.

    • Rock Island has one for those on a budget

  • supergun

    Beautiful Weapon. Only in America. Maybe Israel. Definitely not Australia or Europe.

    • Giolli Joker


    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      I know about at least 2 Delta Elites in Norway, and probably many more I don´t know of.

      Seems that a lot of Americans think Europeans can´t own guns, shooting competition is a big thing in Europe. Don´t drag England into this, they are not in Europe 😛

      • supergun

        OK, my apologies. I was just fishing to see if anyone would stand up for England. Hail to the 1911 in England.

    • Marc


      • supergun

        Nonsense can be fun. Especially if it is a Delta.

    • Bizarre comment.

      • supergun

        Bizarre comment to a comment.

  • Sulaco

    Have had two of the blue steel versions and they shoot like a houseafire! Wish I had gotten the SS when I had the chance.

  • Ian Jordan

    A local pawn/gun store here in east Tennessee had one for sale not too long ago, I am pretty sure they had it on the shelf for 25 minutes before someone snatched it up, it wasn’t a safe queen someone shot the snot out of it and treated it with love and affection.

  • Justin Roney

    Maybe if Colt had continued to make guns like this one they wouldn’t have gone bankrupt… (They had bad management, I know, I know…)

    • Mazryonh

      How many would actually buy this if it were reintroduced by Colt? Wouldn’t this be a fairly niche product since the caliber still isn’t well-known?

      • Tothe

        If Colt had put its advertising budget behind it, it might be more well-known. I know that after shooting a couple 10mm pistols, I want one now.

        • Mazryonh

          Assuming Colt makes it through the bankruptcy proceedings without being liquidated, will it even have the budget to advertise something that isn’t a sure-seller? Even if the word got out, I’m sure that the majority of shooters would balk at the recoil of the round (unless it was lightly-loaded or was used in a pistol-caliber carbine) since 10mm Auto takes more training, dedication, and money to become proficient with than more “classic” pistol calibers.

          • Tothe

            .357 mag and .44 mag are plenty popular, and their power combined with a high bore axis means more felt recoil than full-house 10mm auto.

          • Mazryonh

            .357 mag has had a good reputation for stopping power that is decades older than the 10mm Auto’s introduction. .44 mag has Dirty Harry. 10mm Auto has neither of those, and besides, aren’t those two older cartridges almost exclusively used in revolvers? Revolvers in 10mm stopped being made a while ago, and trying to convince revolver fans to try a semi-auto in 10mm might take some doing.

          • Tothe

            10mm has the Fallout franchise.

          • Mazryonh

            Sure, but aren’t the vast majority of gamers people who either have no real-life firearms experience and don’t want to, or live in places where the laws make it difficult to obtain?

            Assuming there are actually Fallout fans who can legally get a real 10mm handgun and practice time on the range, they still have to deal with the new-user-unfriendly recoil which takes more time and dedication to become used to, unlike 9x19mm.

            The 10mm caliber also suffers in the Fallout series by virtue of being an early game weapon (i.e., something most players will toss away for better weapons rather quickly). In real life, a properly-used-and-loaded 10mm handgun can stop charging boars and even smaller bears. In Fallout, taking a 10mm pistol out into the wasteland beyond the earliest areas is practically suicidal (though of course we don’t have Giant Radscorpions and Super Mutants walking around in reality).

  • Jerrydgeek

    I bought an STI EDGE in 10mm as soon as they became IPSC Legal for Limited class, in 2000. I’ve had it for all that time, and I’m still using it in competition. Yes, the 10mm is powerful and a bit over-much for IPSC. I admit to using lighter loads for matches … still makes Major Power and it handles like a dream.

    But no, sadly it’s not as beautiful as the Delta Gold Cup. I wonder if I can get one from my kids as a present for Grandparent’s Day?

    Probably not, huh?

    Too bad. It’s the only pistol I really want, that I don’t already have.

    • Mazryonh

      The original Delta Elite was the pistol that saved the 10mm Auto caliber. Who knows, if those who want Colt to bring back their classic “snake revolvers” get heard by Colt, the company might bring this one back too, maybe even in a railed variant.

  • Mystick

    A nice looking gun…