I just got curious, who was Wiley Clapp ? Wiki - Nada.
A 1911 forum was debating this. This is what I found :
Besides writing for a few gun mags, Clapp was a Marine rifle platoon leader in Vietnam. He went on to be a full-time cop (Orange County, I think) in Southern CA. A little more time in the ringer than that guy with the strange-sounding name who is considered a police-training and use of force expert. I wouldn't mind having one of the Colts he designed.
Wiley Clapp used to write for the NRA along with Shooting Times and Guns and Ammo. While at Shooting Times he had a column he wrote under the pen name Ken S. LaFrance, I believe. Which sounds like "Quien es La France?," or "who is La France."
He was also a champion of the .40 Smith and Wesson when it came out. That got him in a little trouble when he quoted an author as saying that maybe the .40 S&W would end "this damned 9mm silliness." Then folks found out the author was... Wiley Clapp. That kinda stuff can hurt your credibility.
His articles, from what I remember, were decent. Nothing really earth-shattering, and I don't recall him writing much about self defense or combat shooting, really. He was pretty knowledgeable, but personally, quoting himself to support his position kinda took away from his credibility.
Last edited by breamfisher; 10-15-2012 at 09:53 PM.
Others were less kind referring to him as a marketing tool created to improve sales. Ruger, SW, Colt - all have Wiley Clapp editions.
IMHO - I prefer pre 80s Colts - triggers don't need anymore "help" by "Engineers" even with the best of "intentions."
Just my .02. Hopefully Cane can shed some light here. (if I can get his attention - Full Length Guide Rods - do they improve accuracy n cycling or just PIA marketing gimmick ?) Mea Culpa for the hijack OP.