Model: 4758 Standard Auto Pistol
Serial Number: 1495
Year of Manufacture: Modern; This pistol was made in New Milford, CT until 1999; http://bluebookofgunvalues.com/Gun_Values/Gun_Manufacturer.aspx?id=WILDEY_INC
Caliber: .475 Wildey Magnum
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 “475 WILDEY MAG.” The left side of the frame is marked “1495”, the right side of the slide is marked “WILDEY / NEW MILFORD, CT. U.S.A.” The end label of the factory box reflects the serial number of this pistol and mentions “MODEL: 4758 / GRADE: STD”.
Barrel Length: 8” with Ventilated Full Length Rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a long ramped blade integral to 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 with vivid hue contrast and active linear grain. The panels show only the faintest of handling scuffs; there are no cracks or losses. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Polished Stainless Steel with Matte Gray Alloy Ventilated Barrel Rib.
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrel has scratch and scuff marks in scattered clusters throughout, none of which are deep. The slide has scuffs and scratches present on both sides, with a more notable scratch on the left side. The top rear of the frame has gouge marks from the hammer striking during operation. There is a tool mark into the frame metal of the right side. The pistol has buff marks from factory finishing. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent 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: Two 7-round factory magazines are included as photographed, displaying scuff and wear marks from normal use; one of the two magazines has freckles of patina and light etching. Also included is the serialized original factory box from Wildey which has two foam inserts. The cardboard has areas of compression, indentation and wrinkling as photographed. Also included is a Diamond & Gem micro cloth, unopened in its factory plastic sleeve.
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 the custom .475 Widley Magnum round. From Wikipedia: “The .475 Wildey Magnum was designed to be a hunting round. Cases are formed from .284 Winchester brass with the neck opened to take a .475″ bullet, and the length is the same as the .45 Winchester Magnum. Velocity at 100 yards is equivalent to the muzzle velocity of the .44 Magnum.” The pistol has some minor cosmetic damages in the metal finish, none of which are deep or intrusive to operation, please see our photographs. With a double action trigger pull, the pistol can be decocked and features a magazine disconnect safety. Two 7-round magazines and the factory box are included. Rarely do “old model” (Blue Book of Gun Values) go up for sale and even more rarely do you find one in Excellent condition. Please see our photographs and good luck!