Why would Wilson market a sub-compact handgun as an “XL”? That’s like calling a Fiat 500 a “car.” That said, want. While I love my Wilson Combat X-TAC COMPACT 1911 for its low-recoil and general bad-assery, carrying the .45 is like attaching a small boat anchor to my hip. So the new Wilson Combat Sentinel XL appeals.
The $3910 Wilson Combat Sentinel XL weighs “just” 31.87 ounces loaded with eight rounds of 9mm, as compared to 41 oz. for an X-TAC packing seven rounds of .45. Notice I chose the 9mm Sentinel XL for the comparo. Heavy gun, low recoil. So 9mm for the smaller Wilson Sentinel XL to keep the snout down and accuracy up. Which is more than a thousand dollars more than the X-TAC COMPACT.
Worth it? I’ll wait ’til the Texas Firearms Festival on October 14 – 16 at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill to find out, when the company will be demo’ing their entire range of handguns. Before making a decision, I might just let Dan hold my wallet hostage while I wander over to the SIG SAUER bay and check out the P938 again. (Press release via ammoland.com below.)
Wilson Combat Sentinel XL Sub-compact 1911 Pistol Introduced
Wilson Combat has combined our 4” Compact top end with our exclusive Sentinel sub-compact frame to create a unique everyday carry custom handgun– the Sentinel XL. The Sentinel XL has the smallest 1911 grip available, with the enhanced practical accuracy and reliability a Compact slide offers.
The reduced-height Sentinel frame is ½” shorter than our standard Compact, and when mated with the ultra slim G-10 grips is well suited to shooters who prefer a smaller handgun. The concealment grip safety/hammer and round butt mainspring housing selected for the Sentinel XL gives you a real advantage when it comes to daily carry and shooting comfort.
Even though the Sentinel XL is designed for concealment, the precisely-fitted slide, frame and 4” match grade barrel will give you the downrange performance you expect from a Wilson Combat custom pistol. A host of practical and cosmetic touches will make this one of your favorite carry guns.
The 4” Compact slide allows the Sentinel XL to be offered in 9mm, .38 Super and .45 ACP calibers for a ballistic advantage over many subcompact handguns.
- Available directly from Wilson Combat (at shopwilsoncombat.com/Sentinel-XL/products/736/) or one of our authorized dealers.
- Find out more about the Sentinel XL or locate a dealer near you at www.WilsonCombat.com.
About Wilson Combat:
Since 1977 Wilson Combat has been the leading innovator in high-performance, custom 1911 handguns, tactical long guns and accessories. A Wilson Combat product’s unmatched level of exceptional reliability and peerless craftsmanship is only equaled by our legendary customer service. Learn more about us at www.wilsoncombat.com.