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Old March 17th, 2013, 03:46 PM   #1
 
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Wiley Clapp GP100...My Newest GP100?

I already have a 3" GP100 which I love but I've always wished it had fixed sights. So, today I get the opportunity to buy a like new Wiley Clapp stainless GP. We agreed on a price that's far enough below the "stock" price (not the crazy Gun Broker and similar price, these guns have broken the four digit mark on many of those sights) to take into account being slightly used.

What do you all think? Are these guns worth spending the money on above a standard 3" model? It certainly is a beautiful gun. Those who own one what's your opinion? If you don't own one would you if you had the chance? As I understand it these are only being made in a set number and after that they won't be made again, is this true?



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Well that's a plus lol.
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Besides being my newest purchase, my Wiley Clapp has quickly become my favorite gun to shoot. I especially enjoy shooting .357 in rapid fire DA (except the cost). It is so easy to keep on target that I just love it. It is such I nice revolver that I'm going to have a holster custom made for it. If you don't buy it, you will regret it.
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Couldn't find a Wiley Clapp GP100, but I was able to find a 3" GP100 with fixed sights and I put a Hogue wooden mono grip on it and I love it. Just bought a 44 Mag Alaskan and can't wait to fire it. It is an addiction!
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The reason the WC appealed to me was because I love my standard 3" so much. Although it shoots very well I always wished it had adjustable sights so when I saw the Wiley Clapp edition I realized he pretty much designed my idea of the perfect shorty GP100. Finding them is really difficult. Most owners won't part with them and the one's on Gun Broker and similar websites are close to or over a thousand bucks now and some of those are used.

I made my mind up...I'll be picking it up tomorrow
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I love my WC stainless. Perfectly balanced and a great shooter.

Go get it!
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Yes I would love to own one.
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The reason the WC appealed to me was because I love my standard 3" so much. Although it shoots very well I always wished it had adjustable sights so when I saw the Wiley Clapp edition I realized he pretty much designed my idea of the perfect shorty GP100. Finding them is really difficult. Most owners won't part with them and the one's on Gun Broker and similar websites are close to or over a thousand bucks now and some of those are used.

I made my mind up...I'll be picking it up tomorrow
Congratulations, I'm already jealous!
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I have read Wiley Clapp for years and I respect his opinions and yes I would buy his gp100 model if I wanted another GP100.
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Brandi - the 1752 & 1753 GP100 Wiley Clapps are great. I've had mine since last summer and enjoy it a lot. But I don't think of it as having adjustable sights. Yes you can adjust the rear for windage to some extent by moving it in the dovetail but no elevation. You may know this already but since that seems important to you I thought I would comment. For full adjustable sights in a 3" GP100 you want either a model 1708 or 1751. Not easy to find however...

All the other features of the WC are very nice and it's a nice revolver. Just put close to 400 rounds through mine last week along with my old RDA-32 Security Six (2 3/4" barrel AND fully adjustable sights!)

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One other thing in favor WC version over the standard 3 incher is the sights.
They are much easier for old eyes to see.
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Brandi - the 1752 & 1753 GP100 Wiley Clapps are great. I've had mine since last summer and enjoy it a lot. But I don't think of it as having adjustable sights. Yes you can adjust the rear for windage to some extent by moving it in the dovetail but no elevation. You may know this already but since that seems important to you I thought I would comment. For full adjustable sights in a 3" GP100 you want either a model 1708 or 1751. Not easy to find however...

All the other features of the WC are very nice and it's a nice revolver. Just put close to 400 rounds through mine last week along with my old RDA-32 Security Six (2 3/4" barrel AND fully adjustable sights!)

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I didn't know there were different WC GP100 models other than stainless steel or blue. What are the differences? As far of the sights go since the only place I get to shoot is a 30 yard indoor range and if I shoot that distance adjustable sights are extremely handy. Plus because of some of the meds I have to take my vision is quite wonky so better sights are very important.
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I didn't know there were different WC GP100 models other than stainless steel or blue. What are the differences? As far of the sights go since the only place I get to shoot is a 30 yard indoor range and if I shoot that distance adjustable sights are extremely handy. Plus because of some of the meds I have to take my vision is quite wonky so better sights are very important.
Brandi - I'm sorry if I confused you. There are only the two versions of the Wiley Clapp, the stainless steel (1752) and the blue (1753). When I referenced the models 1708 and 1751 I was referring to two GP100 variants that are a bit harder to locate. The 1708 is a 3" GP100 with the standard adjustable sights you find on 4", 5" and 6" models and chambered in .357 magnum. The model 1751 is just like a 1708 but chambered in .38 Special.

I am like you - I prefer adjustable sights and I like a fiber optic front sight (like the 1752 Wiley Clapp has). On my GP100 I usually swap out the standard black front sight with a Hi-Viz fiber optic sight so my older eyes can see it! The Wiley Clapp GP has a nice Novak fiber optic on the stainless steel version and the blue version has a brass bead. I haven't handled the blue version yet so I don't know what that looks like but I expect it's nice too.

Here's a photo of my model 1751. Notice the fully adjustable standard sights on a 3" barrel.



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Thanks for clearing that up...I would have been researching that forever lol.
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