Many gun manufacturers tweak their best-sellers a little and market the new and improved version as “custom.” Wilson Combat is not one of those. Their production facility in Berryville, Arkansas exudes professionalism, quality, and an unmatched commitment to excellence. The reliability of the Wilson arsenal is legendary and their trademarked “Bullet Proof” line of parts and accessories is a long-standing customer favorite.
It comes as no surprise then that the new Tactical Carry 1911 .45 sits at the top of the food chain. The gun comes packed in a handsomely embroidered nylon carry bag, complete with pockets and pouches for accessories as well as three additional magazines.
The first thing you notice out of the box is the color. The Wilson proprietary ARMOR-TUFF black coated slide and Burnt Bronze frame combine to give the Tactical Carry a golden hue not seen in run-of-the-mill finishes.
The steel frame is also outfitted with a Bullet Proof magwell that eases reloading. Then there is the cut checkering on the front and back straps that provide a secure, comfortable grip surface while firing.
The Wilson Combat Tactical Carry 1911 .45 is extremely accurate, easily producing one-inch groupings at 25 yards using three different test loads. The trigger pull is “just right” at 3.5 pounds. When the unloaded weight of 37.8 ounces is combined with the Wilson add-ons, the Tactical Carry is a very controllable weapon to shoot with negligible muzzle flip.
Even at 100 yards, 75 % of the rounds hit the target silhouette from the standing position. All rounds chambered flawlessly without a misfire or malfunction. If you’re planning on using the Tactical Carry as a concealed carry piece, it is probably best holstered on a belt, due to the larger size and weight.
With its commitment to design quality and unparalleled accuracy, the Tactical Carry 1911 .45 is a joy to handle and shoot. In his article “Wilson Combat Tactical Carry: The Ultimate in Custom 1911 .45s” at USConcealedCarry.com, firearms trainer Scott W. Wagner describes how he felt when testing the gun:
“It was good to get a Wilson Combat pistol in my hands again. I had forgotten how different these guns are from even top of the line production 1911s. While the price tag is much higher than factory 1911s, you truly do get what you pay for.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
And just how much will at Tactical Carry 1911 .45 set you back? About $3750. But for a lifelong weapon that is reliable, accurate and sports an exhibition quality finish, it’s worth a good, long look.