SOLD FOR: $5575
Model: Survivor Model
Serial Number: 3541
Year of Manufacture: 1990-1999
Caliber: .45 Win Mag
Action Type: Double Action, Single Action / (DA/SA), Semi-Automatic, Gas Operated, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol with Magazine Disconnect Safety.
Markings: The underside of the barrel is marked “45 WIN MAG.” The left side of the frame is marked “3541”, the right side of the slide is marked “WILDEY / NEW MILFORD, CT. U.S.A.”
Barrel Length: 10″ with Ventilated Full Length Rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade set on a rise in the full length ventilated rib; the rib is secured to the pistol with one set screw into the barrel, the other into the receiver. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched black leaf on a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation; the base is slotted onto the top of the receiver, is pinned to the top and secured with a flat head screw at the rear.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth wood panels. There are cracks on the left panel at the bottom and there is a ding into the wood on the bottom face. There are some light handling marks and draglines. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Polished Stainless Steel with Matte Gray Alloy Ventilated Barrel Rib.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is strong. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are some visible draglines and light handling marks. There are a few light scuffs. There are a few light marks on the frame behind the hammer from standard use. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol is gas operated with a magazine disconnect safety, decock safety, and was designed to accept interchangeable barrels (not included). We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a manual, two 7-round magazines, brush, cleaning rod, and a Wildey presentation case
Our Assessment: Widley has been in and out of business a few times since their creation, but the pistols were always brought back by popular demand. Well constructed with an ingenious gas operation system that helps tame powerful cartridges such as .45 Winchester Magnum. The gas system is housed around the barrel and can be adjusted by turning a knurled collar, adjusting how far the slide must travel to the rear before the pressure is released from the piston. This allows the user to tune the gas system to the load being used, optimizing operation and recoil. This example is from the early years of production under the original company in Cheshire, Connecticut, and is in Fine Plus condition with scattered light marks in its stainless steel finish. The Wildey pistols have always had a dedicated following and the pistol was featured prominently in use by Charles Bronson in “Death Wish 3”. For a dedicated Wildey collector, this one in its presentation case would make a prized addition to a collection, but these pistols are loved by recoil junkies and handgun hunters alike. This example would make a fine addition to any collection. Please see our photographs and good luck!