Wildey Guns Is Back!

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Five years ago, we reported that Wildey Guns, makers of the famous Wildey magnum automatic pistol featured in films like Death Wish and Robocop 3, had ceased operations due to the ailing health of their founder, Wildey Moore. Well, Moore is feeling better, and Wildey Guns is back! George Benedict of USA Firearms Corp, Wildey Guns’ parent company, writes:

I am writing this in regard to a post you made a while back when Wildey FA shut down operations due to health issues that Wildey Moore experienced. Wil has made a strong recovery and now it is time to bring the Wildey Survivor back.
You are amongst the first to learn that “Wildey is Back”. USA Firearms Corp in Winsted Connecticut is resurrecting the fabled Wildey Survivor along with making parts and ammo available. Wildey Moore is staying on as our Senior Designer and consultant. We are in the midst of upgrading the website, but please feel free to contact us through the website www.WildeyGuns.com or through our Facebook page at Facebook.com/wildeyparts.

DEATH WISH 3, Charles Bronson, 1985. ©Cannon Films

For those of our readers who’ve always wanted a brand-new Wildey pistol, this is excellent news!


Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Brett

    This brings me more joy than it should.

    • BR549

      That HAS to be the most classic response here.

  • Anonymoose

    Can we get a reboot of Death Wish while we’re at it? 😀

    • Jeff Smith

      Death Sentence with Kevin Bacon was pretty good!

    • Mystick

      They did do a remake of The Mechanic with Jason Statham… it was actually pretty good.

    • Edeco

      “The Brave One”; similar plot with Jodie Foster as the Kersey-equivalent. Not an unwelcome rehashing, to my mind.

  • Glock Guy

    They don’t make ’em like Bronson anymore!

  • Tyler McCommon

    You feeling lucky punk?

    • Ryan

      I think the Dirty Harry carried an .44 AutoMag not a Wildey.

      • Amanofdragons

        Correct

        • JK

          Soooo tempted to co-op his user name, and reply “Who’s Dirty Harry?”.

      • LCON

        Clint wielded two ( well one on screen ) costom buit AMP Auto Mag Model 180 with wooden grips in Sudden Impact

  • borekfk

    “A 44 Magnum is a pistol cartridge and a .475 Wildey Magnum is a
    shorter version of the African big gain cartridge. Makes a real mess.”

    I want a Wildey just so I can say that to friends on the range.

    • You can also for the hunter model buy different barrel lengths. You can have a 18 inch barrel for instance and a four inch. Barrel change method is very easy and fast,

  • DW

    They even have a carbine version, IMO it’s the most practical of them all.

  • Geoffry K

    I had to check the prices. More than my 2 AR-15s combined. Only spent $1400 building them. Guess I won’t be getting one.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Look at it another way. You got 2 AR15s, while you could make due with one, and have a pretty good start at a Wildey.

      People whining about prices… This is a unique pistol not made in large numbers, hence, it is more expensive than AR-15 parts who are mass produced by 100 different manufacturers.

      • MR

        Similar price range to Desert Eagles I’ve seen, though I haven’t shopped around much. Much lower production, I think, which could either be a positive or negative, depending on what attributes you’re focusing- collectibility or shootability.

        • G0rdon_Fr33man

          If anything, the Desert Eagle is overpriced compared to Wildey.

          • MR

            Looking at the Wildey website, their Jordan Armament and Weapon System (JAWS) Viper looks kind of like the Baby Eagle of the line, at a similar MSRP. Sure, I can get a Glock for less, and have a known quality handgun with good parts availability, but that’s not necessarily what you’re looking for when you buy a Wildey type gun. Might have to see if my usual FFL can get ahold of one to add to my 9mm collection. Then a steel Baby Eagle in 9mm.

  • Don Ward

    Those Widley’s do have that 1980s futuristic look about them. I guess I’ll have to pick one up if I ever go back to Brooklyn in order to meet my old Korean War buddy…

  • Ryan

    I think I confused Wildey pistols for AutoMags in RoboCop 3. I see the differences visually but which are better quality? Are Wildey’s better made/performing guns?

    • DrewN

      I’ve never owned a Wildey’s, but my Automags have been extremely reliable even though the .44 is getting up to a decent round count now. Be prepared to stop the range dead in their tracks though, soon to be followed by everyone up to the RO wanting a go. I usually bring along an extra 100 rounds just because of this.

  • Don Ward

    Alternate article title:

    “My friend Wildey’s coming”.

  • Cal.Bar

    Yes, we “Wildey folk” have known about this for about a month now. However, they’ve been promising just ammo and so far as we’ve heard haven’t even managed to start making the ammo yet, much less parts (which EVERY Wildey owner needs) and even much less, new guns. These guns are VERY fragile given their relative size and caliber(s). I have yet to run into a Wildey owner that hasn’t needed one or more (major) parts for them. I suspect it will take the new company YEARS just to get through the backlog of parts orders, much less make new guns. But god bless them for taking up the cause. We wish them all the best. (especially with my parts order)

    • George L. Benedict

      We are shipping parts as of October 26, 2015. Historically we have seen a statistically low number of repairs and parts requests and we will strive to keep our guns in good working order. That being said, their is a correlation of repairs with owners who reload or “experiment” with the gun. One owner decided to drill out the gas ports to a larger bore and you can figure out what happened next.. Let’s hope factory ammo will reduce the first issue. Speaking of ammo, our biggest problem has been getting delivery of BlueDot powder. It took us 8 months to get a 200 lb order partially filled, so we are happy to hear from reloaders about their experiences with other powders.Our inventory is quite complete and we are getting frames and slides made as we speak. Join our Facebook page and we will keep you informed. We’d like to hear from anybody who has had a “major” part fail. For that matter, anyone who has had a problem should contact us.

      • Cal.Bar

        Thanks George. I have contacted you several times. I can’t wait to get the parts to get my Wildey back in action, and as I said, can;t be more excited to have you bringing back such a great pistol. For the benefit of other readers, I have reloaded the .45 win mag for my Wildey with 24 grains of H110. This produces a good round on the lower end of the power spectrum. But it begs the question, why the slavish dedication to blue dot. (which apparently is difficult to find) Just because WIldey originally used it doesn’t mean it’s the only power you can use to reload Wildey ammunition.

      • Cal.Bar

        George – as I said, the hammer on mine failed. Now the gun was bought used so I can;t comment on the previous owner’s use. However, I had the head welder at Coonan weld it back together as best he could He said he got this experience after welding several other Wildey hammers. (so the hammer appears to be an issue) Further reading of the posts on the Wildey community website reveals that there was an earlier version and later version of the hammer which Wildey apparently changed because they were breaking too often. You might be able to learn more about this than I.

      • TBW

        I have owned for years since new a Wildey .45WM (currently for sale) and have not had a failure in 200 rounds. Sadly, a health issue precludes ever shooting the “Beast” again. Coolest tool I ever used. If you missed with the shot, the flame would scorch them and, if that failed, you could always use it to bludgeon them to submission…

  • John

    Now you’re talking!

    You could jump start the DW series and bring back Bronsen, just blend Death Wish and Ghostbusters! He could be wacking off evil ghosts in the afterlife! We’d have to somehow pass him a Wildey….

  • smartacus

    why not offer a shortened overall length of .475 Wildey from 1.575″ OAL to 1.275″ like a 45ACP?

    • Lehigh Defense was working on that as the .475 Lehigh, but nothing came of it. You can find videos of the converted Springfield XDm online.

      • smartacus

        awesome!
        Thanks for the info, Daniel. I found the video and i love it.
        I wish Lehigh kept with it because i would love a bigger hole.

        I got a 50GI slide and love that too,
        but a 475 Lehigh for me would mean XD-S or Boberg XR45-S (or GLOCK 30/36) with nothing more than an aftermarket barrel swap

        • To be honest, I think I’d be more comfortable with a .475 Lehigh barrel in a .50 GI slide for the added mass and chamber wall thickness.

          • smartacus

            uh oh, now you got me thinking of .475 in a 45GAP length cartridge 😉

          • I suspect that it will to be difficult to find commercial .475 projectiles short enough.

          • smartacus

            good “point”, pardon the pun 🙂
            250 and 275 gr .475 are out there,
            Lehigh can always make an Xtreme Penetrator for their 475 Lehigh

        • Zebra Dun

          Finally a semi automatic handgun suitable for 45/70!

  • Zebra Dun

    A firearm searching for a mission.
    Hunting big and dangerous African game with a handgun?
    Polar bear medicine?
    Short Range anti mechanized warfare?
    All of the above.

  • jcitizen

    And was the most POWERFULL handgun in the world – for about a week! HA! Seems like others like the .454 Casull hogged the limelight away.

    Anybody got a link to a ballistics chart comparing all those big bore handgun loads?

  • The Brigadier

    Jeez this looks like a very brutal pistol to shoot. If biologists bring back the T-Rex I’ll go buy one.