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.wilson combat

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, 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

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.

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If a gun could ever be classified as a “venerable institution,” the 1911 would probably come the closest.  It has a long history of reliable performance since its inception in 1911 as the standard-issue sidearm. It’s seen service for United States Armed Forces in the Spanish-American War, World War l, World War ll, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.kimber pro

The 1911 has traditionally been marketed with many custom accessories and finishes, ranging from gun metal blue to exotic woods.

Now Kimber firearms is taking John Browning’s famous pistol to the next level with the Pro Carry ll, a 1911 designed exclusively for concealed carry.

As author Mark Kakkuri explains in his article “Kimber Pro Carry II” at, the Kimber Pro Carry II offers a back-to-basics design that is ideal for concealed carry:

“The stocks are black rubber and provide excellent purchase, so much so that I’ve always returned to them after trying other options. The black slide and frame and even the front and rear sights are all-business-black. “(Read more at

So what is it about the Pro Carry ll that makes it a concealed carry exclusive?

First of all, it’s designed with a slim, low imprint profile, and tips the scales at an ethereal 5.25 ounces unloaded.  When combined with a steel slide and aluminum frame, this gun can easily be carried throughout the day without discomfort. A heavily textured grip and single-stack 7+1 magazine makes for an easy draw and fire from any concealed holster.

Range testing for the Pro Carry ll took place during a two month period, allowing for many opportunities and locations to put the gun through its paces. The Pro Carry ll proved flawless through runs of several ammo types including jacketed hollow points and ball ammo.  There were no jams, misfires, or other mishaps throughout the feeding, firing, and ejection phases.

Although there have been reported incidents of isolated operational malfunctions with this gun during the extended field test, the Kimber Pro Carry II proved 100% reliable.  The trigger pull was approximately 4-5 pounds and recoil was medium.

The Kimber Pro Carry ll is designed as a self-defense conceal carry firearm. As such, it will not perform well in a range environment, chambering thousands of rounds over an extended period of time.  But if you’re looking for a reliable, accurate, easy to use self-defense firearm, then definitely take a closer look at the Kimber Pro Carry ll.

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Learning to safely and accurately maintain trigger control during the act of shooting is one of the most important skills a concealed carry permit holder can develop. It’s not an easy skill to master because the ratio of gun weight to trigger pull weight is much smaller in handguns designed for concealment as opposed to rifles.aiming a gun

Author and firearms expert Tom Givens explains why weapons designed for concealed carry are much harder to fire accurately than rifles in his article “Teaching Trigger Control” at

 “If you have an eight-pound rifle with a two-pound trigger, it’s easy to shoot well. Unfortunately, we often have a two-pound pistol with an eight-pound trigger pull, hence the difficulty.” (Read more at

In a nutshell, there are four distinct trigger operations required each time a gun is fired: contact, slack, press, and re-set. Each one is equally important in maintaining the accuracy of every shot.


 Contact refers to the point of contact with the trigger. This point of contact should only occur with the index finger.

The pad of the index finger should be firmly in contact with the trigger. No other part of the index finger should be touching the frame of the gun.


 Semi-automatic pistols have a free-moving part of the trigger engagement known as the slack.

This happens between the time of the contact and the time when the index finger cannot move freely backward. As the shooter prepares to fire, the index finger moves through the slack and begins to put and feel pressure on the trigger.


 Press is the actual act of firing the gun. The trigger should be fired using the index finger only. Using pressure with the whole hand in order to “squeeze” the trigger results in cumulative downward pressure and a low shot. A smooth backward pressure by the index finger results in a smooth discharge, much like a car slowly accelerating from a complete stop, rather than haphazardly peeling out.


 The re-set is an important action for the ensuing rounds. Although the tendency may be to remove the finger from the trigger after each shot, this is not very efficient and may cost you precious seconds in a life-threatening situation.

The re-set occurs at a point before the trigger returns to the original position and can be felt by the index finger as a click, which may also be heard. The gun can be re-fired from this position.

The sequence is slightly different with double-action revolvers where the trigger must be pulled all the way back to fire and then allowed to return all the way forward in one continuous action so that the cylinder may clear and rotate.

Trigger control is not an easy skill to learn or perfect, but the good news is that it’s a skill that anyone can achieve. The only requirement is time and practice.

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