Wilson Combat Unveils a Cheaper 1911: The American Combat Pistol

Wilson Combat introduced a new line of pistols this week for more budget-conscious consumers.

Known as the American Combat Pistols (ACP), these 1911s feature the same love, care, attention and materials that make Wilson Combat pistols popular just with fewer options and customizations which ultimately lowers the price. 

Three sizes are available, so far, chambered for both 9mm and .45 ACP: a full-size with a 5-inch barrel, a commander-size with a 4.25-inch barrel and a compact-size with a 4-inch barrel.  

The MSRP for the .45 ACP versions is $2,495 and $2,595 for the 9mm versions.  Not exactly cheap for a 1911 per se, but cheap for a Wilson Combat 1911.

The Commander-size ACP with Eagle Claw grips and slide surface. (Photo: Wilson Combat)

Along with the reduced price tag, the other big development is the company’s new “Eagle Claw” grip and slide surface featured on the ACP.  

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Wilson Combat touts the surface as being “non-abrasive” and “tactile” that will be easy on the hands, comfortable against the body and easy to grip in adverse conditions and during extended sessions at the range.  

Other perks on the ACP include forged slides, frames, and barrels that are hand-fitted by Wilson Combat’s expert pistolsmiths.  Each 1911 comes with the company’s 100-percent Customer Satisfaction Guarantee for the lifetime of the gun.  

For more information visit WilsonCombat.com.

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  • Jr fig June 15, 2020, 10:28 pm

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion..I have a Wilson ACP Commander 9 just got it, pumped 300 rounds so far, I have to tell you, it’s sweet. I have other great firearms and indeed I shoot well with them and enjoy them very much. But if this is your passion, it’s worth it, always wanted a WC and you can tell when you shoot. Awesome firearm, tight, well balanced and overall feel.

  • Chuck Reynolds April 10, 2020, 8:38 am

    Pass! Way overpriced! Not even close to “Cheap”!

  • Ned November 25, 2019, 1:08 pm

    A $2,500 production 1911 style gun with custom-like features – very nice. I really like the sculpting of the gripframe, grips, slide etc…very attractive. No doubt it will outperform most other production 1911’s out there. It has features that I hope dissipate throughout he market place…at $2,500 though one should be able to have a gunsmith build something that is 100% customized to your specs short of exotic engraving, materials etc…

  • Rich November 23, 2019, 10:47 am

    WC are very nice guns indeed, I have several 1911s, I purchased the last three for less than $3000 total, $2500 for one just doesn’t call me to own one.

  • Ronnie Stidham November 22, 2019, 3:59 pm

    Don’t be a hater, do I have the money to buy a Wilson, hell no, do I want one, Hell Yes

  • Daryl Deuel November 22, 2019, 1:33 pm

    Let’s see….I’m retired and on a fixed income, but have enough extra to dabble in an occasional gun….do I buy a $700 dollar Ruger or Colt (have one of each, both great guns), a $1000 Springfield (have one, very good gun) or Smith, or a cheap Taurus or Remington….or do I pay $2500 for a Wilson Combat? Decisions, Decisions! I have always been impressed by Wilson’s work….but I didn’t spend $2500 on my last FIVE guns.

  • Donald R Shelton November 22, 2019, 1:02 pm

    I bought a a Wilson combat 45 about 20 years ago. I have never shot a better shooting and handling weapon. Great job to all at Wilson Combat

  • Godfrey Daniel November 22, 2019, 12:29 pm

    Love to have a W. C. but they’ve priced me out. I’ll stick w/ my Colt Commander.

  • Michael A Keim November 22, 2019, 11:32 am

    CHEAP? LMAO!!!

    • Chuck Reynolds April 10, 2020, 8:39 am

      Exactly!

  • Ricky Price November 22, 2019, 10:48 am

    Love to have one, but over 2,000 I could own 3 or 4 made by others.But don’t get me wrong I still like to have one.

  • paul November 22, 2019, 10:31 am

    I agree with all those who say WC1911s are not worth it to the point of knowing what I would get is not any better than a thousand dollar 1911 or a $800. The reality is Wilson Combat wants you to think in terms of a BMW and a ford F150. While it is true they both get you there, one does it with uncompromising materials and craftsmanship. That and $80,000 or so will get you there. If you think in terms of that, $2,500 ain’t bad you just saved enough to buy the greatest 1911 and a knew loaded F150. Priorities people, Priorities.

  • John Chaney November 22, 2019, 9:36 am

    *click bait.

  • Bryan K Young November 22, 2019, 8:35 am

    A few yrs ago I bought a Remington R-1 (M-1911) in .45. When I bought it I was thinking that I was probably going to have to replace the bbl bushing, polish the feed ramp & change out the trigger for maybe a Videcki (like) trigger. I took it home & cleaned it & a week later I got (off duty) qualified. I shot a perfect score and at 25 yards my group was around 3 (ish)”. The first thing that came out of my mouth was “I ain’t changing sh.t on this thing”. I paid $699.00 for this pistol and I doubt that any Wilson will shoot better. Of course you do pay for art.

  • robert November 22, 2019, 8:28 am

    I agree with the other comments here as well. There are actually two things that would preclude my ever buying a WC pistol: their ridiculous prices, and their lack of ambidextrous controls. For what they cost, I would expect them to be so feature-rich that they could brush my teeth as well.

  • survivor50 November 22, 2019, 7:44 am

    Thank GOD !!!
    We’re SAVED a cheaper $2500.00 1911…
    (Please don’t tell my “Name Brand” $600.00 1911 that shoots 4″ at 25 yards off hand… it’ll get jealous…)
    It ain’t the price…

  • John Bibb November 22, 2019, 4:10 am

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    “Cheap” and beauty both seem to have something in common. Like both being in the eye of the beholder!
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    Not to mention that you can buy 4 excellent Springfield Armory or Rock Island 1911 style .45 acp pistols for about the same amount of money.
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    “A fool and his money are soon parted!” applies here.
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    John Bibb
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    • Mas November 22, 2019, 9:17 am

      Yup.
      Not worth it especially if used in self defense function.

  • Mark N. November 22, 2019, 1:30 am

    “Cheaper” is just a matter of perception…and the size of your bank account.

  • SeppW November 21, 2019, 7:47 pm

    I’ll never own a Wilson.

  • Will Drider November 20, 2019, 10:19 pm

    I suggest a change to the Title: insert “slightly” in front of cheaper.

    • S.H. Blannelberry November 21, 2019, 10:01 am

      LOL

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