Wilson Combat has always been at the forefront of 1911 design but this rethinks it from the ground up. The new EDC X9 is a modern, alloy-framed, double-stack 9mm service pistol built from the ground up for everyday carry. Would John Browning be impressed? Wilson Combat certainly hopes so.
“We have redefined the defensive handgun with the EDC X9, a modern hybrid of our EDC 9 1911 slide assembly mated with the all new high-capacity X-frame,” said Wilson Combat. “This groundbreaking design combines the accuracy, ergonomics and trigger pull of the classic 1911 design, with enhanced reliability, concealable, and high capacity performance.”
Chambered for 9mm Luger, the EDC X9 has a 15+1 capacity while retaining the same grip geometry of a compact .45 ACP 1911. It is a single-action pistol with a light, 4-pound trigger pull for accuracy. Wilson Combat guarantees that every EDC X9 will produce 1.5-inch groups at 25 yards. It achieves this thanks to a fluted match-grade barrel and target crown.
Gone from the EDC X9 is the 1911s famous — and contestable — grip safety. Grip safeties are of one the biggest points of controversy when it comes to 1911s. The EDC X9 replaces it with an all-in-one mainspring housing and screwless grip panel assembly. Other modern touches include front and rear cocking serrations, external extractor and adjustable low-profile fiber optic sights.
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Wilson Combat uses enlarged and extended controls, including the safety, magazine release and slide stop. The manual safety is on the left side and the grips have cutouts for left- and right-side safeties. The grips feature Wilson Combat’s signature starburst pattern with pewter medallions.
All of the checkering including the slide serrations and front- and backstraps use Wilson’s diamond X-Tac pattern for looks and leverage. The pistol has an enlarged trigger guard for use with gloves and comes standard with a medium-length radiused trigger. It’s a snag-free design without a railed dust cover and a short beavertail grip.
Overall the pistol measures just under 7.5 inches long, 5.25 inches tall and 1.4 inches wide at the controls. Dry, the gun weighs 29 ounces, which makes it great for all-day carry just about anywhere. It has a 4-inch barrel which is standard for the majority of service pistols and comes with two 15-round Mec Gar magazines.
If there’s one thing about the EDC X9 that shouldn’t come as a surprise it’s the leading-edge price tag. Wilson Combat is taking orders for the pistol for $2,895. Still, this is a new, flagship model and more affordable models could be in store down the line. We don’t expect to see guns competing with mainstream service pistols but something a little more approachable would do well for Wilson Combat.