“This is the year of the 1911,” Wilson Combat’s John May tells TTAG. “Thanks to the gun’s centennial, our marketing efforts and our huge number of customization options, sales have just taken off.” Roger that. May reports that Wilson Combat’s already built 68 percent of last year’s total sales figures. “We’ve got 1140 guns on back order. If you want a Wilson this year, you better order it now.” Well he would say that wouldn’t he? But give Bill’s Boyz credit . . .
Most companies respond to skyrocketing demand by raising prices, making hay while the sun shines and reducing demand. Wilson Combat has only elevated the price of its CQB—by a single Franklin. “We’ll never compromise quality,” May assures.
At the same time, May warns newbies looking to carry a Wilson Combat 1911 to get training before—and after—writing his employer a check. “A 1911 is an expert’s gun,” May says. “They’re not for everyone.” Easy to say when you’ve got more than enough people who want one. But true, nonetheless.