Wiley Clapp

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by SSGSF, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    My wife said I could spend 1550 on a limited edition Colt Wiley Clapp I am so excited I can't wait to pick it up.
    What do some of y'all think about the price?
     
  2. sdiver35

    sdiver35 New Member

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    They are sweet pistols. I'm not sure on the price, but Canebrake is the resident expert on these.
     

  3. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    Ya I know my heart stop when when the guy at the store told me over the phone what he had. All I could think about was going and taking a look at it and then asking my wife.
     
  4. badasstruck

    badasstruck New Member

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    Is it the commander or full size. My lgs has a full size Wiley clapp for $1450
     
  5. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    Don't forget lots of pictures and range reports.
     
  6. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    To be honest I didn't ask but I will call tomorrow and find out.
     
  7. getem2011

    getem2011 New Member

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    Two months ago you could get one for 1250. I would hold out for a bit unless you HAVE to have it now.
     
  8. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    That's a loaded question . I don't have any gun.
    But colts are just hard to come by here so when you know of an LGS that has one you better jump on it cause if you wait it will be gone.
     
  9. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I think Cane has a Wiley Clapp Commander.

    If you want it, see if they have any wiggle room on the price. If not and you really want it, buy it anyway.

    Because:

    A. There aren't a bunch of them around
    B. It's a Colt
    C. It's a limited edition Colt

    I'm pretty sure that within a year they'll be selling for over MSRP.
     
  10. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    CA375 I knew there was a reason I like you I like the way you think . I was thinking along the same line.
    A co worker that was sitting next to me on the ride home, said that was allot of money for a gun but, he like mil surps. And I like new guns.
     
  11. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Keep us in the loop and remember, we like gun Pron. :D
     
  12. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    Y'all will be the first to see it. Cause hell I love looking at some of y'all's gun porn.
     
  13. getem2011

    getem2011 New Member

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    Then jump on it! Shoot the hell out of it And post some dirty pics of it.
     
  14. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    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.
    Bob

    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. :p
     
  15. canebrake

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    They are out there, and worth the $!

    I'm not aware of a WC TALO 5". There is a WC TALO SSA.

    wiley.jpg

    ^ That's Wiley with his 21st Century Commander.

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    The Colt 21st Century Wiley Clapp Commander


    • Suggested Retail $1379
    • Pre-Series '80 style action with no firing pin safety and improved trigger pull
    • Alloy receiver for a light pistol that carries easy
    • Original style small safety, slide lock and magazine catch, no extensions
    • Colt's National Match Barrel
    • Long black trigger, flat S&A mainspring housing
    • Colt's new beavertail grip safety for comfort in long shooting sessions
    • Special Novak sights – extra-wide notch and bead front for any-light shooting
    • Tactical Oval grips with forward taper and fingerprint checkering
    • Pete Single 25 lpi checkering on the pistol's front-strap
    • Special factory serial number run

    Part# 04840WC

    And after I made it mine;

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    ^ Thanks Dave

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    Oh yea, and a trio of Tripp Gen II Cobra Mags, I don't leave home without them!
     
  16. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    Flat trigger I like it. Any reason why for that? I have a flat trigger on my carry gun also.
     
  17. SSGSF

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    I called today to check to see if it was the commander or government model and to also check the price and the guy said it was now 1750 I was pissed. So it looks like I will not be getting it now so mad cause my wife said I could spend 1550.
     
  18. CA357

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    That sucks.

    See if you can find a Lightweight Colt Commander. Failing that, check out the Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail (CBOB) You'll be impressed.
     
  19. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    Thank you I will do that. Thanks for the advice.