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  


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

Colt 38 Super +P

The 38 super +P chambering in Colt’s 1911 platform has always been one of misunderstanding by some otherwise well intentioned shooters describing it to the novice. We all know that guy or gal who thinks they know more about the shooting sciences than anyone. The self same people preach the gospel of the anemic 9mm over 38 Special or .357 Magnum using words like semi-auto or high capacity as if their vaulted self importance matters. By saying the 38 Super +P is a Latino thing they hammer home their own ignorance proving forever that what they say isn’t to be trusted.

The 38 Super +P isn’t new by a long shot, it’s not a Latino thing, it has more steam than a 9mm falling just short of the legendary .357 Magnum. The Colt 38 Super +P 1911 is an incredibly flat shooting accurate whiz bang with virtually no recoil. Follow up shots with Colt’s 38 Super +P are very quick to the point of being almost instantaneous.

“Why haven’t I tried the Colt 38 Super +P if it’s so great?”,” you might wonder. That’s a very good question!

The recent surge of interest comes as more and more people become informed consumers, riding that digital wave of the internet super highway to destinations lined with facts not fiction.(sometimes) Your know it all shooting friend hates being wrong and proudly displays his new Colt 38 Super +P at the next range day like he had it all along even. The rise is partly because of ammo availability in the digital age, and partly because it’s the gun that could, and believe me it does.

Colt’s 1911 in 38 Super +P offering is vast with some exceptionally fine guns coming out of the Custom Shop and the regular production line as well. Shooters who don’t swim with the sharks in the competition seas have been missing out on a truly great shooter with a lot of power. It’s no secret that a lot of our brothers from the lower Americas prefer this round in a Colt 1911, they aren’t allowed to use military calibers for firearms so the 38 Super +P filled their need for a good shooter.

Every time I’m at the range with a Colt 38 Super +P 1911 and someone gets their dirty sandwich grabbers on it they are amazed how much better they shoot with it. You can see the gears turning in their head when the look at the spent cartridges, trying to figure out what it is. For some it’s only natural to be confused, what they thought was a .45 caliber 1911 turns out to be something completely different and a new found love story starts. Luckily I live close to The Gun Room Inc. so I can get more bullets to shoot easily, but as stated above a person can get just about anything they want from the internet, ammo included.

If you haven’t tried the Colt 38 Super +P you owe it to yourself as a shooter to try it, and if you are looking for a good first gun but the thought of the .45’s recoil makes you uneasy the Colt 38 Super +P may be what you are looking for. The Gun Room Inc. has you covered with the Colt 38 Super +P 1911, in fancy dress or plain blued. Give us a call or better yet stop in and see one for yourself, you will be glad you did.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206

(503)777-3931