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Wilson Combat

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Sullyman, Sep 12, 2010.

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  1. Sullyman

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    Wilson Combat Arms 1911's, Good, Great, So-So, Run fast?????
    What's the overall reputation? Assuming fair price and all.
     
  2. Ridgerunner665

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    One of the best there is...and a contender for one of the top 3 IMO.

    New, used?
     
  3. cmgred

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    Luv em

    I've spent the money for two of them. I have other high end 1911s, they don't compare to a Wilson. I did borrow a guys Brown at the range, it was nice, but my next 1911 will be my third Wilson.
     
  4. Quack

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    can't really go wrong with the semi-custom 1911's and the Wilson is no different.

    just choose the maker that you like the best.
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    I agree, at the semi-custom/high end production level, it is mostly a matter of taste.

    Some folks prefer a Mercedes AMG, some the BMW "M", some the Cadillac "V" and some the Lexus "F", make your choice and spend your money
     
  6. BlayGlock

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    They make great guns. They are my third favorite high end 1911 maker behind Nighthawk and Springfield Custom.
     
  7. Full Metal Jacket

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    i would only buy a high end 1911 like that if i found myself in a situation where i had money to burn.

    features like the inside machine marks being polished out are nice, but completely useless to me.

    there are FAR cheaper 1911's that'll perform at least as good.


    if i were going to purchase a high end 1911, it would SA's PRO. it was the only one that could pass the FBI trials (even wilson couldn't).
     
  8. skipsan

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    Of the four higher-end production 1911s I own, I'd rank the Les Baer as the best value, followed by the Brown SF, the SA Pro, with the Wilson CQB bringing up the rear as a very nice pistol but moderately overpriced compared to the others. As noted, in this price range everyone's gonna have their favorite(s).
     
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    you guys got good jobs and money to burn...
     
  10. Ridgerunner665

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    Full Metal Jacket,

    You're not telling the whole story...

    Several gunmakers such as Les Baer, Wilson Combat, Novak's, Springfield, etc. were asked to build guns to FBI specs for their SWAT team guns in the nineties (RFP 6990 to be exact.) Springfield ultimately wound up winning the contract but the FBI had previously decided to go with Les Baer's 1911 based on their specs. Baer submitted a total of 5 pistols for evaluation and after winning the contract, the FBI sent the pistols back and requested Baer change the rear sights to Novak's as well as give them lifelong service/maintenance on all the contract pistols yet to be built. At this point Baer declined as he could see the storm clouds on the horizon and recalled all five pistols.

    Baer didn't lose...he won, then declined the contract because he WILL NOT use any parts except those of his own choosing.
     
  11. Full Metal Jacket

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    ridgerunner665,

    you're not telling the accurate story....

    provide us a source that proves baer "won"?


    yes, baer didn't want to deal with a lifetime warranty required by the fbi (he doesn't even provide that for his civilian customers), but that in no way means he "won", then all of a sudden decided to drop out of the competition.
     
  12. Ridgerunner665

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    Geez!...its common knowledge that he won the contract first...most likely due in large part to the fact the he already had the HRT team contract, before this particular contest even took place.

    I don't have time to argue with you...if you want proof, Google is pretty easy to use.
     
  13. Full Metal Jacket

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    so, you have no proof.
     
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    here's the story...

    http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/history/fbi_1911.htm
     
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    I concur with the article posted my Quack...this is the same information I have found by talking to creditable 1911 smiths, when I was looking for either a high end production 1911 or a custom build.

    The lessons I have learned from this research were:
    1. Steve Nastoff will never have to build another custom 1911 as long as the FBI want to use that platform...he really has job security...last I heard he was part of Homeland Security
    2. The Para-Ordnance platform really isn't what you want to start with
    3. There are better choices than Remington's Golden Saber to test for reliable feeding of your 1911
    4. The reputation of the Wilson 47D is fading, that of Metalform is rising (OEM for Ed Brown)
    5. The Springfield Professional really is the equal of other high end/semi-custom production 1911s
    6. Without an in-house 1911 armorer...or more training...I won't be choosing a 1911 as my primary .45ACP pistol
     
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    good post. thanx for showing us the story, quack :)
     
  17. Ridgerunner665

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    I've seen a couple a different variations of that story...but that one is close enough for me.

    Of all the pistols mentioned...the only difference between them is personal preference stuff, they are all solid pistols.

    I could have bought any brand I wanted when I bought my Baer, but the others didn't have what I wanted...if I was having a full custom pistol built to my specs it would be identical to Baer's stainless Stinger...that little booger is the PERFECT carry gun...for me. (with one possible exception being slightly increased slide travel, thats what makes them finicky with mags)

    Baer's mags suck with hollow point ammo...thats known fact (they are 100% in my experience with 230 ball though)...but that is the mags, not the gun.

    Mine runs using any ammo out there with Tripp Gen II CobraMags.
     
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