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

Lionheart Regulus Milo’s Pick Of The Week

Milo is squawking about the new Lionheart Regulus models we got in awhile ago. Made in America, right up the road from us in fact. The Lionheart Industries Alpha Regulus model seems to be all the rage right now for beginners and experts alike.

When I first picked up the Lionheart Industries Regulus I was welcomed with a good fit to my hand, a pleasant metal heft and feel, but my feeble mind was blown by the smoothness of the slide and how easy it was to work the action. Even Milo’s bird claw would be able to work the Lionheart Industries Regulus 9mm action.

You don’t have to know anything about guns to tell the Lionheart Industries Alpha Regulus stacks up to the best. It seems like yesterday when Shaun asked Lionheart to spice up the LH9 for him and wolla! They delivered in spades! Here in my over sized hand sits a thing of beauty and craftmanship that goes bang every time I will it. Having several injuries to my old body has pretty much made me a wheel gunner but now I think I can manage the semi-autos again thanks to Lionheart Industries innovative approach to recoil management and slide cycling.

Did I mention this is a US Made Firearm?

I copied Lionheart Industries’ web text below in their own words.

Thanks to The Gun Room Inc. in Portland for putting one of these beauties in my hand, and thanks to Lionheart Industries for making quality sexy again.

 

The Regulus Story

Lionheart began importing our LH9-Series pistol in 2011. The LH9 is the civilian version of the K5, which has reliably served as South Korea’s Military service pistol for almost 30 years. In the years since 2011, the LH9 has become synonymous with quality, functionality, and reliability!

However, at Lionheart, our vision has always been greater than simply importing – our dream is to design and produce pistols in the United States!

In 2015 those dreams started to become a reality, as we began development of our all new American-made line, the Regulus! Lionheart is proud to say that the Regulus Platform is designed, sourced, and produced in the USA! While still based on the same battle-proven design of the LH9, each part of the Regulus has been refined into a high-performance pistol. It is the pinnacle of everything that we’ve dreamed of!

The Regulus platform is completely geared towards you, the shooter. Featuring better materials, improved internals, our Tru-Axis™ Precision Barrel, and a modular platform, it is unlike anything you’ve ever shot before! Our unique Double Action + trigger has been perfected, offering a fluid pull, a painless break, and a crisp reset! Upgraded sight, grip, magazine, and Cerakote® options mean that your Regulus will be the Lionheart you’ve been waiting for!

Moving forward, our vision is still the same as it was in 2011 – Exceptional Comes Standard. We believe in freedom, we strongly support the Second Amendment, and we are honored to join the prestigious group of American firearm manufacturers!

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”

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.

The Search For A $300 Gun

Recently I was put on a mission from a military buddy to find a good gun for $300 or less for his wife. Somehow or another the guys I served with thought I was an expert on guns since I always figured out what was wrong with theirs. Let me state that for the record that I’m no expert, just lucky sometimes.

I figured this would be an easy mission since I’m always reading about guns in magazines, online, and going to different stores in my day to day. Was I ever wrong! The first lesson I learned was these “magazines” put up articles and press releases based on the almighty dollar, not usually because some new gun is really awesome or ground breaking.

The second big lesson I learned is doing “research” online means you are really just price shopping or looking for someone who agrees with your opinion. This wasn’t as big a shocker in the connected society of today’s continual bombardment of bad information. Fake reviews and content stuffing are the norm I’m afraid.

The third and probably most important lesson I learned is big retailers don’t cater to the shooter, they cater to volume numbers and the almighty dollar. What this meant to me is I was only able to find guns of the type which yielded the most profit and the lowest quality. Sure a lot of guns looked good but when I put my hands on them it was apparent who they were targeted for.

To make a long story short none of the guns from all of the magazines, and internet articles or adds measured up to what I’d consider as a good gun. This made me think of what it is that I consider a good gun, and what level of workmanship or lack there of I could live with let alone recommend to my buddy. I couldn’t let him down, he never let me down no matter what, not once , not ever. I decided this was what I should be looking for him and his wife.

I needed to get real and so did they, there is no such thing as a good $300 gun unless it’s a good used one at that cost. All of the plastic or polymer or whatever you want to call them guns bandied about were absolute garbage. The only thing they did well was be cheap, and depreciate after you bought one. Comparing investment cast parts, metal injection molded parts (MIM), and plastic parts to forged steel is pretty eye opening.

I didn’t know where the disconnect came from, why did these technologies grow and thrive in the firearms industry? Going back 30 years or so I think the picture becomes clearer, it seems to line up with the 9mm craze that started about then. If you’re not old enough to go back that far you’re probably not old enough to agree with anything I’m saying because you are the target for these $300 guns. A good gun cost more than that back then and frankly a good used gun from then commands much higher prices today. Manufacturers aren’t stupid, when they see they can create a product for less than 1/3 the cost and sell it at the same price as the higher quality more labor intensive unit they jump in with both feet.

But technology has advanced and with CNC machining et al ad nauseam blah blah blah. I’ve been a machinist since 1985 in one form or another and have worked in many aspects and forms of manufacturing so my eye is very critical. I stopped by every gun store in the greater Portland area and what I ended up with was The Gun Room on Se Foster Rd. They seemed to have the biggest selection of good used guns out of all the places I went to, however I didn’t find any $300 good guns.

Once I came to grips with cost VS quality I gave my buddy a call and he took his wife in to see the guys at The Gun Room Inc. ending up with not one but two guns. The first one they selected was the Sig Sauer 938 for him and for her they went with a S&W model 640.

Like I said I’m no expert but I feel that the guys at The Gun Room Inc. took care of us with good stuff at the right price. The next time you’re looking for a good cheap gun, temper your expectations or save a bit more. You’ll be better in the long run if you practice patience and use good judgement. Just because your brother or cousin says his gun is the best it might not be the best for you.

Colt Family Of Single Action Pistols

It’s a family affair here at The Gun Room Inc., always has been, probably always will be. The Gun Room Inc.’s family is both literal and figurative, we are three generations and growing. All of our customers are also family here and quite a few of our fine firearms come from the very same customers in our ever growing family.

When It comes to Colt the family tree has roots in the beginning all the way to present. From first U.S. issue to modern versions of old classics The Gun Room Inc. has a Colt for you. Yes we sell other fine firearms besides Colt, but when you are talking single action you can’t have a serious discussion with out mentioning Colt and their legendary pistols.

When The Gun Room Inc.’s patriarch founded the company in the early 60’s he had no idea how big his family would grow but he did know a good pistol when he saw one. The Gun Room Inc. has been the Colt resource of Portland for over 50 years and as such has always had just what the aspiring collector was looking for. To see our ever changing collection of Colt single action pistols stop by our store on SE Foster Rd. and put a piece of history in your hand.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon 97206

(503)777-3931

Pinned And Recessed

People ask me what exactly “pinned and recessed” means when they hear it at the counter. It’s usually someone new to shooting and collecting, but sometimes it’s an old hand that never shot revolvers before.

The term pinned and recessed comes from the Smith & Wesson line and refers to build features on older pistols. It was these features a buddy in the early 80’s gave me the heads up on to check them out. That got me interested in seeing them in person as his living was specifically firearms orientated. At the time I was involved with nuclear submarine repair as a machinist and precision was my thing. I understood metals and machining techniques and what was easily done vs difficult.

Putting a pre 1982 S&W in your hands for the first time is eye opening. The level of precision is stunning and so much so it seems as if it’s the most natural thing in the world when your hand marries it. As you roll it over you don’t even pick up the fact that there is a “pin” in the top strap. Your first inclination is to naturally push the cylinder release forward and open the cylinder. Think about it, what do you do first? The obvious reason that people gravitate to when answering this question is they want to see if it’s loaded. Considering I just showed it as empty, closed it and handed it over right to their hand there is another reason. Everything is so much more natural with a revolver that it literally takes no experience to know how they function.

Upon inspection of the cylinder face the observer will note that the cylinder is counter bored. This counter bore is what is called “recessed” in the vernacular. If you drop in a cartridge the rim fits perfectly into it leaving a flush fit. The machining process of counter boring the cylinder is a premium feature and it adds cost to the pistol manufacturing process which the customer has to bear.

The “pin” in the top strap is there to strengthen the barrel to fame joint where they are mated and also represents added cost to the manufacturing. Yes the customer has to bear that cost too. These added costs to the price of the pistol was the reason Smith & Wesson discontinued them as standard features in 1982. The end user simply wanted cheaper guns and about this time the plastic guns started to emerge in the market place.

Today cost seems to drive the beginner market, people just want to have a gun but don’t care about quality as in the past. Good enough mentality ensures price remains the driving force in the market segment.The over abundant plastic or “polymer” as they like to call it handgun is by far the most asked for at the counter, however more and more people are seeking out the old gold. Let’s face it plastic guns are like belly buttons, everyone has one, and none are very remarkable. After the buzz of buying wears off the plastic gun owner needs to justify his purchase with tall claims of accuracy, or elevated capacity, or tactical superiority, blah blah blah. When the shooter starts to want something nice they come back and stand at the counter gazing at old revolvers made out of steel. The plastic gun shooter will always balk at price but understands that their belly button gun is not worth anything when they try to sell it. There’s the rub, throwing away money on some instant gratification. The new generation saw a video online and unbeknownst to them they have fallen to marketing disguised as a relevant review.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very technical and like to ride the edge of possibility the same as anyone else but I know a good thing when I see it. Not everyone can afford a pinned and recessed S&W wheel gun, and for those instant no money shooters plastic remains as a cheap option. For the shooter with a bit more money or better saving and spending habits there’s the good stuff. The Gun Room Inc. is no doubt more into the good stuff over plastic fantastic throw away guns and this is precisely the reason I go there.

Don’t be surprised when the latest tactical article looses it’s luster and you want something fun, accurate and natural to shoot. Don’t be surprised when you compare a hand fitted and tuned S&W to a new model whatever. They cost as much or often times more. It’s a lot harder to make pistols by hand one at a time then it is to empty molds and drop in stamped parts on volume cheap guns. If your mantra is “As long as it goes bang” you’re not even playing the same sport. If you want to hit the “X” in the center of the bulls eye then have a look at some of the older S&W pistols The Gun Room Inc. has to offer.

For people who want the old craftsmanship but new school materials take a look at S&W Performance Center firearms. You’ll pay more but you get the best of both worlds.

 

 

Christmas Gift Giving Ideas

Filson Since 1897

It’s the giving time of year, Christmas makes it easy to give that someone special the gift of gear. Whether you like to hunt, fish, hike, or just be outside nothing warms the heart like Filson. The Gun Room Inc. has Filson gear in stock in our upstairs archery/clothing showroom for any activity. We even see military divers come in for tin cloth working clothes because they are the only thing that stands up to the rigors of deep sea and salvage diving. You don’t have to be a cowboy to appreciate the best in outdoor clothing! As they say “You might as well have the best!”.

Sitka Gear

Hunters rejoice in The Gun Room Inc.’s collection of Sitka Gear performance outdoor wear. New and old patterns in layer technology ensure that everyone is comfortable in the worst conditions the field throws at you. Come in and get the Sitka pattern you always wanted.

KORE Essentials

Everyone who carries a concealed firearm has come to realize that their belt is a weak link in their carry system. To address this often overlooked item The Gun Room Inc. stocks KORE Essentials belts. KORE Essentials come in one size to fit all, simply trim to fit and you’re done. Talk about a great stocking stuffer with KORE Essentials you can’t go wrong.

The Gun Room Inc. stocks cleaning kits, holsters, slings, gun belts and ammo carriers, and more! Stop in and see the stuff of dreams for your special someone and give them the gift of the outdoors for Christmas.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon, 97206

(503)777-3931

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