Nighthawk Colt Wiley Clapp "Wiley Hawk"

Discussion in 'Nighthawk Custom' started by MSGT2511, May 6, 2019.

  1. MSGT2511

    MSGT2511 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    May 14, 2016
    Knowing I was heading to Nighthawk for the Gathering, I decided I needed to pick up something for some Travis Gregory "love". I think all Addicts should have at least one Colt, and since I was lacking in that department, I found a nice used Wiley Clapp Stainless Commander as my base.

    I requested Nighthawk do the following: Modest dehorn of the frame and slide; full trigger job with all Nighthawk parts; flatten slide stop and bevel frame; tune and polish extractor; replace GI plug with Marvel recoil system; fit Nighthawk bushing; add standard grip bushings; Nighthawk Tactical mag catch; polish feed ramp; then bead-blast entire pistol.

    The Wiley already had a Wilson BP thumb safety and slide stop, and a tool steel extractor when I received her, and I added the blue/black Colt logo grips.

    It turned out fantastic, and lightning fast! This is at least my 5th project gun redone at Nighthawk, and I can't speak highly enough about Travis' work and Bob Reeves' a word, fantastic!

    Here are a couple of before and after photos:

    View attachment 261913 Colt WC 4.jpg Colt WC 2.jpg Colt WC.jpg
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  2. MSGT2511

    MSGT2511 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    May 14, 2016
    By the way, I shot it while I was at the Gathering, and it functioned flawlessly, and shot well. This Wiley-Hawk will definitely be in my carry rotation!
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  3. Stogies

    Stogies One more please!

    Aug 22, 2015
    The crew at NHC are the best
  4. BR549er

    BR549er Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2018
    +100 bonus points for blue/black VZs

    Very nice!
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  5. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    Ah, the bead-blast - I really like how that came out. Great 1911 there!
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  6. MSGT2511

    MSGT2511 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    May 14, 2016
    Yes, I tend always to bead-blast any gun with polished slides an/or frames. They are like a black car (which I own), they look great new, shiny, and clean, but show every scratch! For me, the bead-blast is the bomb, and NHC does a fantastic job!
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  7. Eric

    Eric Cav Troopers Dad

    Sep 10, 2011
    That looks nice. I sent an email to Bob about a Baer UTC that needs a makeover.

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  8. InstiGator

    InstiGator Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    That turned out really nice. A stainless WC does make a great base gun.
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  9. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2017
    Very nice! The Clapp is already among the best of what Colt currently has to offer, and Nighthawk has taken yours to 11.

    I also have a gut & rebuild Clapp-Hawk that shoots fantastically and looks even better. They consistently turn out fantastic custom work on other manufacturer's guns at a speedy clip. I have three Colts now that they have done their magic on, and all are incredible. At the intersection of quality, money, and time, I can't think of anyone better. Congrats on your new(ish) piece!
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  10. MSGT2511

    MSGT2511 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    May 14, 2016
    Well said! And....thanks!
  11. cghelton

    cghelton Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2017
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