Considering a WC 1911. Is it worth the price?

Jherico

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I'd like to get both a home defense "full size" and a carry. Looking for something that I will keep the rest of my life. Considering a Wilson Combat Classic 1911 and their 9mm carry. They are extremely pricey but seem to posses the fit and finish I'm looking for in a lifetime weapon. Anyone have any bad experiences or insights they can share about WC?

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alexrex20

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I have a Wilson XTAC 5in and absolutely love it. Does it do anything better than a $1500 Dan Wesson? Not really, but who cares?
 

wakal

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I've worked on a bunch of 1911's over the years from most of the high end makers, both currently working and old school guys. Wilson guns are the only ones I've had problems with out of the box. Baer at least you get to shoot them a bit before they break their extractors :)

Speaking as a gunsmith and competitive shooter...I really like Ed Brown's stuff. Quality without the hype.



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ray22

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I know I'll get flamed about this but in my opinion, no, it's not worth the price. I have worked on and carried a 1911 of some shape or from for over 30 years since my days in the Marine Corps. My life and those I care about will depend on it if the occasion should arise and it has to go "bang" every time. That being said a box stock government model is designed to do just that. Wilson's, Bear's and the rest are very well made firearms built for a select group of customers. It's a race car that is finicky and must be treated as such. When it comes to life or death I will not take a chance of a malfunction. Again this just my opinion.


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Texasjack

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There are other quality 1911s that you should at least consider. STI makes a great product that won't require cashing in the 401k and they give great service. Once you've shot a quality 1911, you will appreciate what makes it special.

As for ray22's observation, he's right to a point: many of the really tight guns have not been very forgiving. But I will disagree on this a bit because really well made 1911s are both accurate and reliable. The quality of manufacturing with computer controlled equipment and good final fitting can produce a most excellent firearm.

The one thing I see in the OPs message that disturbs me is the mention of 9mm. I don't know how strongly I can say "NO!" and get my point across. If you're paying the money for a 1911, then it has to be in .45 ACP. Less than that is like buying a hot Camero and putting a Yugo engine in it.
 

wakal

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Ah, I thought you were talking "custom name" guns...frankly, I can have pretty much whatever I want. I've owned Wilson, Clark, and Baer...messed with many more.

My own favorite carry gun is a STI Commander. In 9mm, because 20 rounds. I hate reloading.

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