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Old 09-12-2013, 17:01   #1
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Pics of my new Wyoming Arms Parker :)

The Wyoming Arms was based in Thermopolis, Wyoming. The Parker was loosely based on the 1911, but it certainly has some differences internally and externally. As you can see, there is no grip safety and no thumb safety. Instead, there is a slide mounted safety that doesn't lock the hammer, but rather simply blocks the firing pin, making it a very awkward gun to carry. Any single action only pistol that can't be carried cocked and locked is awkward, in my book.

The outward appearance of the gun also differs from the 1911 in the fact that the dustcover is so short and there is no scallop on the slide. The trigger guard is also squared off instead of rounded. The Parker came with a two piece black plastic guide, which is very odd. The "plunger tube" is sort of built into the left grip. The Parker does use a barrel link, but its much smaller than your typical 1911 link and, likewise, makes the Parker a fairly difficult pistol to reassemble. Disassembling the gun isn't overly fun either, as the ejector is spring loaded and will literally fly across the room if you don't hold it in place with your thumb when removing the slide. As a result, many of these pistols were actually sold used with no ejector to an unsuspecting second owner. This is obviously, NOT a great design trait.

The Parker was introduced back in the late 1980's when stainless used for autos was still in its early days. The fact that its labeled "stainless steel" is usually a dead giveaway. Quality was fair. Some worked great and some were very problematic. The pistol actually came in an impressive selection of configurations to include three different barrel and slide lengths (3 3/8", 5", and 7"). The compact and longslide models are not all that common, however. In addition to the sizes, the Parker was offered in 9mm, 40S&W, 45ACP, and even 10mm. My configuration is certainly the most common, which is a 5" 45ACP. This model takes Colt 1911 mags.

As some may note, the appearance of the gun does reassemble that of the AMT/IAI Automag pistols. It is my understanding that someone affiliated with AMT started Wyoming Arms, but I have no concrete information to substantiate that. What I do know, however, is that Wyoming Arms was only in business a few years before going bankrupt in the early 1990's. Laseraim sort of resurrected the pistol during the 1990's and kept the gun very similar to the Wyoming Arms pistol, but added a rail for a laser mount. As fate would have it, Laseraim also only lasted a few years.

As a collector, I bought this gun as an addition to my other "off the beaten path" pistols. Its certainly interesting enough to get my attention. I only paid $300 for it. It has a few handling marks, but remains is very good shape.

Does anyone else have or have had a Parker? If so, what do you think? As always, please enjoy the pics and post your thoughts.

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Old 09-12-2013, 17:08   #2
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I remember those.....very interesting pistols.

Nice specimen....do you plan to see how it shoots or just completing a niche in the collection?
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Very nice Bac.........seems to have a lot of similarities with AMT

Thanks for sharing........a true "blast from the past"
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I like it... Very AMT looking, as you mentioned.

Congrats!!
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As well as I can recall, bac, this is your first acquisition which has a neutral to negative review. You aren't moderating your standards are you?
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As well as I can recall, bac, this is your first acquisition which has a neutral to negative review. You aren't moderating your standards are you?
No, I've talked negatively about my acquisitions before, though maybe not in the last year or two. I have some guns a lot worse than the Parker...

I actually think this one is pretty cool, but I'm always honest about my stuff.
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I remember those.....very interesting pistols.

Nice specimen....do you plan to see how it shoots or just completing a niche in the collection?
It's going to the range, Berto. I already field stripped and cleaned and lubed it well.
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Very nice Bac.........seems to have a lot of similarities with AMT

Thanks for sharing........a true "blast from the past"
Thanks Greg

Yeah, it's very similar to my Automag III in function and appearance.
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I remember them and I think some had some galling issues and others did not. But it was a long time ago and i might be confused. But I imagine and suspect from your post that some liberal use of lubrication may not be a bad thing with this.


I think these are a bit interesting based on both the idea of moving away from a strict 1911 configuration that still worked and what was learned about stainless steel use in a pistol.
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I came across a Parker last year. I asked how much and the shop dude showed me the price tag that said $800 on it.

I figured for $200 it'd be a good $&@" and giggles gun but $800? No way in hell.


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I came across a Parker last year. I asked how much and the shop dude showed me the price tag that said $800 on it.

I figured for $200 it'd be a good $&@" and giggles gun but $800? No way in hell.


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Yeah, that's ridiculous, fnfalman. I have seen the 10mm models go for a good amount on Gunbroker, but not $800.
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I like it... Very AMT looking, as you mentioned.

Congrats!!
Yep.

Here's my iAi Automag III in 30 Carbine for comparison. The Automag has some differences and some similarities.

I will say that the Automag is a highly quality pistol for sure.


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Old 09-12-2013, 19:22   #13
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As always, thanks for an interesting and informative post.
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Thanks!

I hit a hawg in the ass with one.
Nice pics of an obscure pistol.
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Old 09-12-2013, 20:50   #15
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Looks like a big ass chunk of gun!

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Interesting pistol.

Congrats!
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I'll admit to wanting one, if only due to my affection for the state of Wyoming. Whenever I see these guns I wonder what a set of custom grips would do for the looks.
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It's going to the range, Berto. I already field stripped and cleaned and lubed it well.
Cool. I use to eye those pistols in my older gun digest copies and wonder if they were decent shooters. I named my dog Parker.
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Congrats Brian. Ive never seen one before.
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Congrats on a nice acquisition Bac.
It is a very interesting gun and nice spin off of the 1911.
I'll be interested in hearing how it shoots for you.
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