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Going with a Wilson CQB over a gen 4 Glock 17

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Curare, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Curare

    Curare Well-Known Member

    I've been agonizing over the decision between a new Wilson CQB or a gen 4 Glock 17 (once the bugs are worked out) for the past few weeks. This will be my every day carry, and my home defense pistol. I will also use it in the low light CCW league that I shoot in. I previously didn't mind owning multiple platforms, but I'm moving toward consolidating my trigger time with one pistol and the AR for a number of reasons.

    I've owned a dozen Glocks and currently own a G17 with grip cut to G19 specs--did the work myself. Also own a P7M8 and SW 640 as a BUG. The Glock 17 is a great gun--cheap, same trigger pull every pull of the trigger, easy to work on and mod, shoots a round that used to be cheap, great reliability, amazing finish. The gen 4 grip feels fantastic.

    Over the last few weeks I've spent some time shooting a rental Wilson CQB, and holding a new CQB and G17 next to each other at the counter, and sticking them both in my waistband at 3:30. They are both very nice, but the Wilson grip feels just a bit better, the slide is so much thinner, and the trigger is a quantum leap better than the Glock--and I have very nice tuned Glock triggers. I want to let my belt out on the Glock, whereas the 1911 is barely noticeable. I carry my Glocks in nice holsters on good belts--Milt Sparks. Still feel like a tumor. Also, I don't feel safe with a shootable 3.5# Glock trigger--especially not when reholstering into an appendix rig.

    The 1911 has many weaknesses from reliability, to weight, to cost, to follow-up shot speed, to more mag changes. They are more expensive to feed and purchase. I see that fact alone as something that has pushed many people away from the platform. I have a good job and don't mind buying a nice 1911 and a nice reloading set up, so cost isn't a huge factor personally. The weight issue isn't that big of an issue for me. I'm 6'3", 220 pounds, with a 48" chest an 36" waist. I can conceal a full size pistol, and don't mind the extra 14 ounces. I don't carry during the work day as guns aren't allowed at my office or in the hospital. This gun will spend 98% of its time in my vehicle, at my home, or at the range. I'm addressing the reliability issue by going with a good brand and keeping up with scheduled preventive maintenance. I also plan on training myself on malfunction clearance, and hopefully attending some courses.

    I'm getting ready to order my Wilson and reloading set up. Sold my G19 to a friend this weekend, getting ready to sell some other unused stuff (P7M8, Arsenal milled underfolder, Government Carbine, VM2 holsters for G19 and P7M8) to help with the 4 grand expenditure. Today I managed to get through to Milt Sparks and ordered a black VM2 for the Government Model--only a 6 month wait.

    I understand that the Glock 17 is a better handgun--I really like them. If I had to arm a military or law enforcement unit, was paid to potentially go up against multiple armed attackers on a daily basis, or thought a lot about TEOTWAWKI scenarios, I would pick the G17 without a second thought. However, the 1911 is a better fit for me.
  2. Jed Carter

    Jed Carter Well-Known Member

    If both are a 9mm the 1911 would have a lot shorter trigger reset so fast shooting is a breeze. I currently use a G34 in USPSA and IDPA, just this Sunday I had to shoot at 2 turning targets that were visable for just over 1 second. I got 6 shots on the first and 7 on the second so the Glock can run fast. Many would say get 4 or 5 Glocks for the price of the Wilson, but the Wilson is a great pistol with a good trigger. I just ordered an STI Trojan from their Custom shop in 9mm to replace my G34,it should be like night and day, however that day may not arrive before mid Sept. You are really comparing apples and oranges, my suggestion get both, the G17 now and the Wilson CQB later or the other way round if you prefer. I had a unique experience at the match Sun, I got to shoot a CZ SP01 from Angus' Custom shop what a sweet DA trigger and the SA had a reset of about 1/8" as near perfect of a 9mm that I've shot.
  3. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Why would you even consider buying any Glock over a Wilson CQC pistol. That's blasphemy at my club!
  4. Hondo11

    Hondo11 New Member

    In other news, I chose a BMW 7 Series over a Ford Taurus.
  5. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    if you can afford it go for it, for CQC, a .45 at that range dont discriminate if you are shooting a Wilson, Glock or a Hi-Point. if you are out to shoot target spend it if you got it. the .45s we carried in the early 70's rattled and just slung lead. at short range, anything is better than a rock.
  6. Ruggles

    Ruggles member

    Both will serve the role but the CQB has much going for it over the Glock many of these you named in your post but for fun: (CQB = 1911 In These Points)

    1. Cost: Glock
    2. Trigger: CQB
    3. Ergonomics: CQB
    4. Reliability: Equal (Oh yeah I did say it! And it's true)
    5. Accuracy: CQB
    6. Capacity: Glock
    7. Ammo Cost: Glock
    8. Ammo Effectiveness: CQB
    9. Carry Profile: CQB
    10. Carry Weight: Glock
    11. After Market Support: Equal
    12. Shoot-ability: CQB
    13. Service Life: Equal
    14. Pistol Whipping Ability: CQB
    15. Chicks Dig It Charm: CQB
    16. One Would John Wayne Use: CQB
    17. Most Likely To Shoot a Pro Football Player Or LEO In The Leg Accidentally: Glock
    18. Most Likely To Be Mentioned In A Rap Song: Glock
    19. Most Likely To Be Mentioned By Hank Williams Jr In A Song: CQB ~ Well a 1911 anyways ("Love To Shoot Him With My Ole .45" Was Not About A Glock!)
    20. Carried By Tommy Lee Jones: Glock (J.W. Owns TLJ!)
    21. More Fun To Field Strip: CQB
    22. Ability To Be Completely Taken Apart With A Single Tool: Glock
    23. Made Of Metal & Wood: CQB
    24. Ability To Shoot When Held Sideways: Glock (Seen It In The Movies)
    25. Defended This Land Of Freedom For The Last Century: CQB

    As you can clearly see the choice is clear ! :)
  7. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    There, you needed your parenthetical reassurance on this one too. ;)
  8. Jimineer

    Jimineer Well-Known Member

    My wife rented a Wilson CQB and I shot it several times. Nice gun but I wouldn't lay out that much cash for one. Just wasn't that great. But that's just me.
  9. meytind

    meytind Well-Known Member

    Going to have to disagree with you on that one, chief.
  10. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Primary reason I don't own one.
  11. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Well-Known Member

    If the CQB is what you really want then I say go for it. The Glocks will always be there and they are easier to find. Did you say you are dropping 4 grand on it? For that much you could have a gunsmith build one from scratch and fine tune it for you.
  12. 230therapy

    230therapy Well-Known Member

    Buying a $3k plus gun is all about art and luxury.

    For $4000, you could get a serious long range rifle. You could outfit yourself with several sport utility rifles, a reloading setup with supplies, several self-defense handguns and a good 22 (with several thousand rounds of ammo).

    $4k could be HALF of a fairly decent double barrel shotgun. If you were serious, $20k can get you something nice. Yes...there are people who spend that much money on a shotgun.

    But...for self-defense, I just don't see the need for a $3k+ gun. The gun is going to get dinged up and won't hold its value. If you use it to stop a criminal, you will probably lose it (not in all jurisdictions, but many of them).

    What does this gun do that a Glock, SIG, S&W or other won't do?

    Granted, I consider my self-defense guns to be just another expense. The real cost will be your legal defense (since in some places in the US, even being right gets the good guy jail time).
  13. ForumSurfer

    ForumSurfer Well-Known Member

    You can't go wrong with the CQB. I had a gen4 17 briefly and loved it. I ditched it in favor of a Glock 19. I'm 5'10" 165. The size difference between a 17 and 19 may look minor, but I simply couldn't conceal the 17 unless I dressed in a very loose fitting and baggy fashion. I don't like to dress like that so I sold the 17 to buy a 19 to serve as a dual purpose gun. I can use it for home defense and carry it if I so choose. I still prefer carrying my commander sized 1911, but the glock is nice to carry sometimes. Like when I know I'll be crawling under my vehicles. It's also nice for woods carry. Before anyone yells "10mm," the only predators I worry about in my area are of the 2 legged variety.

    That's funny!

    This post made me wish I would have gotten more involved into shooting before I had young children. My collection would no doubt be monumental. I've always loved shooting, but up until the past few years I never expanded my collection past a self defense pistol and all the rifles and shotguns my father passed to me. Instead, I spent the money back then on liver degradation and chasing the fairer sex. For the price of those weekend beach trips and nights out I could have instead purchased all the AR's I now want, reloading supplies, custom built bob tailed 1911's...the list goes on. These days I have kids and "specialist" bills. Why is every doctor a specialist?! Can't doctors multi-task and charge me less?! My purchases are fewer and farther between, now.
  14. Greg528iT

    Greg528iT Well-Known Member

    22. Ability To Be Completely Taken Apart With A Single Tool: Glock

    I can fully disassemble my Springfield with 1 tool.. a small screw driver. Does the Wilson have a full length guide rod?
  15. BlayGlock

    BlayGlock Well-Known Member

    Me too and it is the reason that I swicthed over from Glocks. I too personally think that the Glock is a better tool for LEO and the like. And if I were going into harms way where I may face multiple attackers I would opt for a Glock as well. But I find a single stack 1911 to be much more comfortable to conceal and my odds of facing a single attacker, much less multiple ones are slim. I can conceal my Les Baer TRS comfortably all day long.

    Congrats on the Wilson, they make a nice piece.

    Also I reload to feed my .45s. I can reload 100 rounds for about $12-13. Think of it this way: you ammo savings are paying for that expensive gun.

    Here's a pic of my Les Baer after a long range session:

  16. BlayGlock

    BlayGlock Well-Known Member

    Thats funny. I think the Glock is more akin to a Ford F-150 however. Which gun would be a Ford Taurus? Maybe a Taurus MilPro?
  17. BlayGlock

    BlayGlock Well-Known Member

    With good mags this should not be a problem with the CQB.
  18. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Who the devil is J.H.? :)
  19. Ratdog68

    Ratdog68 Well-Known Member

    Enjoy your new 1911... I never could stand the feel of a Glock in my paws... grip angle was just too strange to me. A good 1911 rocks. I've fed 1,000s of rounds through mine and it just keeps spittin' the empties on the deck.
  20. Curare

    Curare Well-Known Member

    That TRS looks awfully tempting.

    Also--the $4000 is for a CQB and nice Dillon 650 or 1050 set up. The CQB is $2550+options.

    Going with no slide markings, no front cocking serrations, all black, solid natural finish alum. trigger, checkered diamond wood grips, flush cut muzzle, recessed/flush cut slide stop, night sights with no white surrounds, round butt. Plan on carrying with a flush fitting Colt 7 round mag when IWB. My mouth is watering.

    Can't wait to wear off the finish and shoot the snot out of it.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2010

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