Working at The Gun Room Inc. one day a week always rewards me with something to ponder the rest of the week. This last week was no exception when I came in to look at some print job stuff that was delivered and saw all the Wiley Clapp 1911s in formation. Sitting off to the side of many other TALO Colt 1911 it’s easy to assume that they are all the same as every other gun shop until you peek a little closer.
This was illustrated on Saturday when I popped in and heard a guy complaining about the price of a Colt 1911. Yes another expert shopper and likely one star reviewer with his phone in hand showcasing the salesman behind the counter and saying “X” had it for less. Long story short he took a pic and left to presumably buy it somewhere else for less.
I was talking about the resurgence of the wheel gun when the exact same customer came back in with an altogether different tone. I’d say he was apologetic, humble, and interested to do business with the same guy he had just flamed up previously before storming out. I just stood there admiring the guns the salesman was putting on the counter and listening intently on the discussion of 70 series vs 80 series, triggers and main springs, even grip came up. I actually felt like I learned more about a gun I carried in the military for a decade than previously before. Anyone can learn if they haven’t closed their mind.
For myself learning there was more than one Wiley Clapp 1911 was something in it’s self, learning we had about all of them in stock was something else. At the time of this writing there’s a pretty full collection of some very limited items in the Wiley Clapp Models. Looking thru the case with my phone in hand revealed that most of what I was seeing was indeed TALO examples of various 1911 variants and not the same stuff I saw at the other place. I know some of the guys who shop here (nods to brother in arms “Big Tony”) who obviously do it because they know more than the average guy or tactical computer geek like myself. I own a 1911 but now there’s another one on my wish list.
THE NEW COMMANDER .45 DESIGN BY WILEY CLAPP
Series ’70 style action with no firing pin safety and improved trigger pull
Original style small safety, slide lock and magazine catch, no extensions
Front & rear slide serrations
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
Colt Concealed Carry Officers
The Colt Wiley Clapp CCO is a special combination of Officers size fame and Commander slide slide for easy concealed carry. The value of the pistol lies in the details specified by Wiley from his life long firearm experience. The goal is to produce the most accurate and reliable carry gun out to the box. “Everything you need and nothing you don’t.”
- Carbon Blue Steel Commander sized Series 70 fire controls, Blue Aluminum Officers Lightweight Frame, rear slide serrations
- Special metal work by Pete Single. Front strap is checkered @ 25 lpi with a generous relief cut where the front strap meets the trigger guard (hi-cut to the max) so the pistol sits low in the hand. Average size hands should be able to get whole hand on the grip without the little finger hanging off the bottom. The relief cut blends gracefully from the checkering to the trigger guard. The heal of the frame and mainspring is generously rounded for comfort of concealed carry and shooting. The fit is very good. The magazine well is also fully beveled 360 degrees around with a long gentle taper.
- 4.25 inch National Match barrel
- Novak extra wide (.170) notch, LoMount rear sight
- Novak Brass bead front sight.
- Altamont “finger print” Tactical Oval grips, round butt (altered for the short butt)
- Controls—Mag catch, safety, beavertail—as on other Wiley Clapp 1911s
- Original long trigger, no holes
Wiley Clapp Commander .45
Major features include:
• Series ’70 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 • Long trigger and flat mainspring housing, just like original 1911s
• 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 serial number run and National Match grade barrel.
Series ’70 guns are the choice of died-in-the-wool .45 people and this model marks the return to production of the preferred lightweight Commander with no frills or floss. The controls— thumb safety, slide lock, magazine catch—are the original small variety which are more than sufficient for defensive shooters. Since the majority of .45 shooters prefer long triggers and flat mainspring housings, this one has those two features. The grip safety is enlarged to better protect the web of the shooter’s hand. A Colt produced beavertail safety graces this gun. The platinum standard in pistol sights is the classic Novak, our special edition has an advanced version of the LoMount design—extra-wide .170” notch, mated to a ramp front with gold bead. This system is particularly well-suited to a variety of reduced-light shooting scenarios. Wiley Clapp has done extensive experimenting with grip design and has developed the Tactical Oval grip to improve control with two simple panels of wood. Note the Roper-inspired checkering pattern that gets the fingers into the business of aiming the pistol. Precise frontstrap checkering locks the gun in the shooter’s grasp, but no maker has ever offered it on an affordable pistol. That is, until now. Famous metalsmith Pete Single has signed on to perfectly checker every one of these fine new guns in his own 25 lpi pattern. And they come in their own special serial number range.
The gun is very popular with serious shooters.
Wiley Clapp Gov’t 1911
“Everything you need and nothing you don’t.”
Full Size, 1911 .45 acp. Series 70 firing system, Novak brass bead & wide rear, Pete Single checkered front strap, main spring housing, mag well, oval grips with finger print, match grade barrel.
All Steel Wiley Clapp Commander .45
All Steel Series 70 style Commander with all of the Wiley Clapp features. Pete Single’s precision checkering on the front strap, mainspring housing, undercut trigger guard, beveled mag well, Novak brass bead front, extra wide rear, match grade barrel, special oval grips.
Wiley Clapp Lt Weight Commander 9mm
All of the Wiley Clapp features in a Light Weight Commander 9mm