Colt TALO Wiley Clapp 1911 Collection

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.”           

  1. Carbon Blue Steel Commander sized Series 70 fire controls, Blue Aluminum Officers Lightweight Frame, rear slide serrations
  2. 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. 
  3. 4.25 inch National Match barrel
  4. Novak extra wide (.170) notch, LoMount rear sight
  5. Novak Brass bead front sight.
  6. Altamont “finger print” Tactical Oval grips, round butt (altered for the short butt)
  7. Controls—Mag catch, safety, beavertail—as on other Wiley Clapp 1911s
  8. 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  


When Quality Comes First

And so it goes we received another Colt 1911 that eschews the common clone for the full Colt Custom experience.  Upon initial inspection the pistol looks like many others, but it’s fundamentality different and requires a closer look for the uninitiated to make the lights go on.

Despite being no longer offered at Colt’s Custom Shop The Gun Room Inc.’s long time relationship with Colt reaps benefits in the form of a one of a kind Colt Custom 1911 worthy of the title.

With features that include; a reverse crown barrel with thick stainless EGW bushing and recoil plug, custom round butt mainspring housing and frame. For sights the Colt wears Novak with gold front and plain black rear, Ed Brown beavertail grip safety, strong side safety lock, 25 LPI checkering with enhanced cut, laser engraved “Rampant Colt” and Colt Custom Shop logo, flat top and serrated slide with border arrow head pattern, grey G10 grips with Colt logo, dehorned, silver 3 hole trigger and last but certainly not least enhanced reliability package.

  • extractor tension adjustment
  • tuning of the sear and disconnector
  • polishing and contouring of thebarrel throat
  • adjustment and test firing of allincluded mags
  • adjustment of the ejector
  • lowering and flaring of theejection port
  • polishing of the feed ramp

This Government Model is a Series 70  in 45ACP 5″ barrel blued.

As mentioned above this is a one of a kind Colt Custom Shop and much of the work is no longer available in the Colt Custom Shop. This gun was a multi-year wait to manufacture and receive from Colt and it won’t be offered again in this configuration. Expect to pay more than the big box store clone 1911 that you are thinking about.

The Gun Room Inc. is known for the hard to get exceptional firearms that we feature on our pages here and in the shop.

To inquire about this fine Colt Custom Shop 1911 Government stop by our shop:

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon 97206

(503) 777-3931

Lost And Found

The headline is a bit misleading, but it still holds merit. This morning when I put my feet into my boots and put on my trusty Stormy Kromer jacket I had to decide between my toque or my Stormy Kromer hat, the wind was too cold and too strong for my ball cap. In the end I opted for the Stormy Kromer hat, it had a loss guarantee from Stormy Kromer and besides that it functioned as the ball cap I wanted to wear but offered the warmth of the toque.

Those of you who are from the more Southern latitudes will be wondering what a toque is, think knit hat or beanie and you have the picture. While pretty good in the snow most offer no sun protection for your face like a billed hat does, and a billed hat is the type that gets blown off your head and offers no warmth. Stormy Kromer checks off all the boxes so it’s what gets worn when the wind is up and the chill is down.

If you’re a high latitude sailor or hunter chances are you probably know what a Stormy Kromer hat is, those below 45N who wear them are mostly the younger crowd who see it as a fashion statement rather than necessary gear. The fashion thing I get, but I’m more of a function guy, Stormy Kromer definitely has some pretty fashionable offerings but man it’s the go to function wise.

As a technical fabric nothing beats good old fashioned wool sheared from actual sheep to keep you warm and happy, wet or dry. I’m not talking about sublimated dye patterned polyester, I’m talking dyed in the wool gear for outdoor activity. It reminds me of the difference between my old summer dress white uniform and my dress blues, the dress whites were polyester, and my dress blues were wool. I definitely preferred the dress blues on watch or out on liberty over the dress whites. Did I mention that Stormy Kromer is made in  the US, can you say that about your hat or jacket?

It’s true that when you buy a Stormy Kromer hat that you can go on their website and register that hat to take advantage of the free replacement program. If you lose your Stormy Kromer they’ll replace it for free for one year, that’s how sure they are of their product and it’s ability. Stormy Kromer makes a pretty good toque as well, their women’s mohair and wool blend beanie is my favorite because it’s so soft. Who cares if it’s made for women? I wear it when the snow drifts high and the days are dark and short, it doesn’t make my head itch after wearing it all day like an acrylic hat does. My Stormy Kromer coat and vest are about as good as it gets, and the Stormy Kromer hat selection is large enough that I always have something that looks as good as it works.

I get my Stormy Kromer gear at The Gun Room Inc., but I really haven’t had to get any since 1994 with the exception of a couple of new styles of SK hats. My originals are still working as good today as back when I first bought them all those years ago.

get you some!

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206

(503)777-3931

Colt 1918 BAR Milo’s Pick Of The Week

Introduced during the 2015 Shot Show in Las Vegas the Colt BAR is a very limited, very collectible rifle.

Chambered in 30-06 Springfield and in semi-automatic format this Colt BAR means anyone who’s able to buy a rifle legally can own it without a federal tax stamp. Slated for a production run not to exceed 1000 units and with less than 150 units actually produced in this variant makes it extremely collectible.

Comes with a custom leather wrapped case, two magazines, sling, cleaning kit, and certificate of authenticity.

 

 

To see this gun in person stop by The Gun Room Inc. on SE Foster Rd. in Portland Oregon.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206

(503)777-3931

Colt Delta Elite 10mm Milo’s Pick Of The Week

Today while the boys were showing some handguns to a couple of U.S. Marines that came in Milo went into the back and came forward with a Colt Delta Elite 10mm 1911. I guess this week Milo is liking the Colt Delta Elite because he starts squawking every time someone tries to put it back away.

The debate over the 1911 VS any other handgun continues today but so many servicemen and women swear by it that it’ll likely go on forever. Speaking of debates when you start talking about bullets and chamberings everything goes out the window. One caliber that seems to be making more than a blip on the bullet radar is the 10mm.

Way up north in Alaska more people are carrying the 10mm as their backup replacing the old reliable 44 Magnum in many cases. The people who jumped on the .40 cal bandwagon have come around and are now snapping up Colt Delta Elites to scratch that power and speed itch.

The Colt Delta Elite 10mm 1911 equates to a very well thought out platform for the 10mm cartridge and the power it holds. People who like a handgun that shoots well and don’t want to compromise by switching to a diminutive caliber love the Colt Delta Elite because it checks all the boxes off.

Colt Delta Elite 10mm Match

The Gun Room Inc. your local resource for everything Colt.

(503)777-3931

FN Five-seveN® Milo’s Pick Of The Week

Milo was digging around in the back of the shop looking for some peanuts or other treats he stashed when all of a sudden there came a squawking. Turns out Milo found some FN Five-seveN® stock that wanted out of the box. Those of you who were able to get these when we had them (before the military and police designations) will remember how much fun they were. I’ll put FN’s blurb at the bottom of this post.

Imagine a pistol that holds 20 .556 caliber rounds in a magazine, then shrink down the ammo, magazine, pistol and get rid of the buffer tube and spring you were undoubtable thinking of and you have a FN Five-seven®. If you’re still with me you begin to see what the fuss is all about and you’re lacing up your boots to get down to The Gun Room Inc. to get one. Do you feel lucky? That’s what you’ll have to be to get your non- military or police hands on one today. We have a very few of these left and once they’re gone your luck runs out.

I’ve been wanting to get my mom one of these for her daily life on the property with all of the critters she comes across. The problem is they are so hard to get ammo for right?

Well color me surprised! I was able to have ammo on Monday from an order on Friday so it’s pretty easy to get legit ammo it seems. To me the real problem is now I have to decide if mom is getting one or I am!

Sure, it’s a gun made out of plastic that goes for well North of $1000, and frankly not even close to my style but…. Milo sure knows how to pick winners for being a parrot! Lightweight, high firepower, multiple mag fun sitting right in front of me with only a form 4473 standing in my way. I think you know how this story is going to end.

If you are just reading this you had already be reaching for the keys or you will miss out on this FN Five-seven® pistol until next time Milo goes on a treasure hunt in the tactical armory.

FN’s blurb is below.

“The FN Five-seveN® pistol was developed in the early 1990s and features a cold hammer-forged barrel that is chrome-lined for extended service life. The polymer-framed FN Five-seveN® offers single-action operation, low felt recoil, 20-round magazine capacity, and is equipped with an ambidextrous, forward-mounted manual safety, and an accessory rail that accepts tactical lights and lasers.

Learn more about the 5.7x28mm ammunition

LE & Military pricing on request.

FN Five-seven® Product Numbers

*Product follows USA specifications
*Military products available to U.S. sales only”

Merkel Shoguns Milo’s Pick Of The Week

To look at a classic Merkel Shotgun is to behold a thing of beauty and strength. Shooting one is a sublime experience at the range or afield.

This week Milo lets us take a peak on the finer side of life with a couple of Merkel Shotguns;

147EL Box Lock

147EELL Side Lock

These guns are available for private viewing by calling and arranging a time with Warren (503)777-3931.

Just a peek!

We’ll be doing a more thorough photo session and write up soon when we can free up some time.

Winchester Model 94 John Wayne Commemorative Milo’s Pick Of The Week

John Wayne was larger than life on the silver screen and generations have been raised to “The Duke” laying down the law.

Winchester a name synonymous with quality produced a very few of these some time ago in a nod to “The Duke” the man the legend for collectors.

This Winchester Model 94 John Wayne Commemorative is NIB and comes with the collectible scabbard and presentation rack making it highly sought after.

Western aficionados better not wait on this one or it will be gone quicker than the buffalo. If you do miss this special rifle don’t fret your pretty head none, The Gun Room Inc. has more fine western classics than you can shake a stick at.

Stop by

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Or, 97206

(503)777-3931

 

 

Caliber 32-40

Belgian Browning Diana Superposed Shotgun Milo’s Pick Of The Week

“Milo loves Diana!” or that’s what he keeps saying, which is weird because Milo is a parrot and the only Diana around here is the Browning Superposed Diana.

This particular shotgun shows in mint condition despite it’s birthday in 1976 over 40 years ago. Featuring full engraving from master engraver Angelo Bee the Belgian Browning Diana Superposed triggers endorphins and dopamine in your brain just to look at it.

Milo isn’t the only one in love with “Diana Goddess Of The Hunt”, anyone who beholds this shotgun covets it.

Don’t wait on this gun, if you want to see it in person stop by The Gun Room Inc. or miss it forever.

Call (503)777-3931 and ask for Warren to setup a viewing of this extra special Belgian Browning Diana Superposed Shotgun.

 

Milo’s Pick Of The Week: S&W .357 Combat Magnum/Model 19

Long before the Glock 19 and the 9mm movement of the 80’s there lived another Combat Pistol with the designation of Model 19. For decades if you were a gun fighter you carried a model S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum, there simply wasn’t any substitute. Many other pistols over the years have borrowed very heavily on the Combat Magnum or as it was later known the S&W Model 19. None of the copy cat guns ever matched the S&W Model 19’s accuracy or stopping power of the full house .357 Magnum. It’s still rated as a higher than 90% one shot stop against a bad guy in a world saturated with 9mm multi shot fails.

Bad guys get away or live after being shot 13 times with today’s modern 9mm handguns so one has to wonder if more capacity is better than the wheel guns of yesterday.

Smith & Wesson created a legend when they created the Combat Magnum, and many of those early guns still exist today albeit at a premium to collectors. Features such as pinned and recessed barrels and cylinders are common place on the S&W right up to the 80’s. A quality S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum in it’s original box will demand a nice price in good condition but they are well worth it.

The Gun Room Inc. usually has one or two Combat Magnums in stock but as the trend to acquire good guns continues in America they only become more collectible and valuable.

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