This is the second Wilson Combat pistol I’ve fired. While I could shoot the eye of a newt with the “entry level” X-TAC (frustrating any witches in the vicinity), the pistol’s G10 Starburst grips left a deep and lasting impression. Literally. Thirty seconds after firing the gun my hand look like my fingertips after an hour-long bath. My paw felt like I’d just been introduced to Andre the Giant (when he was alive). For me, the X-TAC is only slightly more ergonomic than a moray eel. [Click here for Patrick Carrube’s review]. I know. Get a grip Farago. Who cares about your widdle biddy hand? Whatchew gonna do, whatchew gonna when they come for you? Before last night, I would have used my Glock 30 SF to defend my life, liberty and the pursuit of old age. Older age. Today, I’m packing the Bill Wilson Carry Pistol . . .
My first impressions are highly favorable—and not just because I paid more for this hand-crafted 1911 than I shell-out to the City of Providence for their Caribbean beach-house-enabling police pensions. I mean, my SUV’s annual four-figure car tax. I’m the kind of guy who can buy an expensive gun, realize it’s not for me, trade it in the next day, take the financial hit and move on. Have done. Will do. But not in this case.
Which is a case of “I’m nowhere near experienced enough to choose from the armory of options available for a Wilson Combat 1911, so let’s avoid Stendhal Syndrome and go with the firearm the old man carries minus the Wilson Combat markings.” In other words . . .
Take a Wilson Combat CQB Compact, add the new “Round Butt” treatment, shorten the slide stop pin and counter sink the frame (giving you the option to use the Crimson Trace laser grips), slide top serrations, our new “Carry Cuts”, and finally this wonderful pistol is fitted with Bill’s favorite thumb-safety.
This “Carry pistol” is outfitted exactly as Bill would want it, wearing a set of Wilson Combat Starburst G10 grips with a black slide over a gray frame custom built to exacting standard by some of the best pistolsmiths in the world today.
If you are looking for the perfect carry pistol and you were never sure how exactly it should be, here it is with all the features handpicked to match the gun that Bill carries daily.
No doubt Mr. Wilson values accuracy highly. An experienced marksman shooting a copy of Bill’s carry piece at combat distances can stack bullets on top of each other like a hyper-active grocery store clerk restocking Campbell’s soup. Only WAY faster. Of course, there aren’t a lot of cans in the Bill Wilson Carry Pistol (BWCP). I’ll delve into that whole “eight is enough” question in the full review. For now, a caveat for newbies: the BWCP is not the self-defense pistol you’re looking for.
Sam’s a dab hand with a Smith & Wesson 686. She’s got more determination than Henri ‘Papillon’ Charriere. If she wants to master the Bill Wilson Carry Pistol, she’ll need all her mad trigger skillz and as much patience as she can muster. Controlling the compact 1911’s 3.5 lbs. trigger pull and the carry gun’s stout recoil (out of a four-inch barrel) requires complete commitment. Not to mention perfect trigger discipline and “don’t forget to flick the safety off” gun handling awareness.
Spending the time and money to make the Bill Wilson Carry Pistol your bitch—er, primary defensive weapon may be worth it. That depends on a number of factors, both personal and tactical. Again, the review will tell the tale. Meanwhile, after firing 100 rounds of Blazer ammo through the BWCP (I promise I’ll feed it the good stuff from now on), I found myself quoting Bo Peep in Toy Story: “I found MY moving buddy.” Whether it’s initial euphoria or a life-long commitment remains to be seen. Watch this space.