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Old February 11th, 2013, 03:27 AM   #1
 
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Wiley Clapp GP100

Does anyone know where I can purchase one. They seem hard to find unless they are priced too high. I saw a couple on Gunsamerica for $699 but they were sold before I could buy them.
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Old February 11th, 2013, 03:54 AM   #2
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Check gun broker.com?
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Old February 11th, 2013, 03:55 AM   #3
 
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Usually a few for sale on Gunbroker.com. Some are overpriced but others are more fairly presented. I don't see a good opportunity there right now (1 used $675, 1 new way too much) but keep checking.
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Personally I don't think they are worth it..I took a stock SS Took off the rubber grip put on the old style wood inserts..Hi Viz sight on front and have ,what I think to be a very beautiful piece..It must be a bit nice..several on our range have tried to copy it..Oh I also polished all mving parts for smooth action..BTW it was my first ever take down of any weapon..I just read up on it and ?Gotterdone" Quite fun winter project..Just take your time and make it YOURS.
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Make your own. Get a 3" stainless fixed sight GP100 and then get the spare parts from Ruger. Just a note on that though. There is not enough metal on the fixed sighted 3" GP100 to be able to mount the Novak rear sight, but the rest of the parts/grips are still available from Ruger. Smithy.
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Whether or not the model 1752 is "worth it" is is a personal decision, as you point out. Those who have bought them must think they are worth it while others who have passed on them have not. But it's not a money-driven thing. Your GP sounds like a nice piece and part of the fun of ownership is the little mods you choose that make it uniquely yours. The Wiley Clapp has one unique feature you cannot duplicate no matter how hard you try - the dovetail rear Novak sight. That dovetail can't be milled into either a fixed or adjustable sight GP frame. It is unique to the WC frame. The Hawkeye matte finish would be tough to duplicate although bead blasting might get you close. If you feel ambitous you could take some files and start tapering the cylinder and contouring all the edges but I wouldn't want to try it without a lot of practice on something else first.

When priced fairly the model 1752 WC is only a small bump up from a standard 3" model 1715. In some cases nearly the same money. By the time you buy a new model 1715 and buy a new front sight and a new set of grips you've spent the same money or even more. So it's really all about what you like and what you don't. GPs are great revolvers to try out various mods - trigger job, different springs, grips, sights, etc. They're a lot of fun that way (and fun to shoot too.)

(Sorry Smithy - no Wiley Clapp for you! I remember your threads about the CADOJ list not including the WC. I have a thought but I think I'll send you a PM.)

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Great points Waveform! For me the decision was made for me since I live in California and they don't allow the WC model at all. So even though I would have preferred that model, I had to settle for the 3" GP100. Smithy.
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If it helps, locally the WC was $70 more than the standard GP100 4".
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>>I had to settle for the 3" GP100<<

And those aren't all that easy to find either!
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>>I had to settle for the 3" GP100<<

And those aren't all that easy to find either!
I will suffer right along with you too.
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I ordered a 3 inch GP100 weeks ago, still waiting.
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If it helps, locally the WC was $70 more than the standard GP100 4".
That's a good example - fair price bump for the Wiley Clapp edition if you like it. I've spent more than that on mods on my other GPs - wood grips, fiber optic sights, Wolff springs, etc.
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I can buy a new Wiley Clapp tomorrow for $669. I stopped by and took a look a two that the LGS had today. I am horribly tempted. Is $669 a good price? Thanks.
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They're goin for 600 for a regular version up here so for 70 more, that's a good deal
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That sounds about right. It gets a modest premium but if you like the features it's a good value. Go for it!
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