Wilson Combat Urban Super Sniper

urban super sniper

Dubbed the Urban Super Sniper, Wilson Combat is selling an AR-style rifle designed for extreme accuracy. Based on the original SS-15 Super Sniper, the Urban version is shorter and more maneuverable.

The rifle is chambered in .223 Wylde and has an 18″ medium-heavy weight barrel that is fluted. The barrel twist rate is 1:8″ and it has a target crown. According to Wilson Combat, this barrel design reduces the weight by more than 20 ounces when compared to the original SS-15.

urban super sniper

Features:

  • forged upper and lower
  • mid-length gas system
  • 10.4″ TRIM hand guard
  • Bravo Company pistol grip
  • Rogers Super-Stoc
  • NP3 coated BCG
  • Armor-Tuff finish
  • single stage, 4 pound Tactical Trigger Unit
  • weight: 7 pounds, 5 ounces
  • MSRP: $2,225


Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • West

    Im poor so ill wait ten years until the guns with sharks with freakin lazers come out then grab one of these.
    Unless the zombie/north korean/mutant putins have evolved by then.

    • BattleshipGrey

      We’ve been waiting almost two decades since Dr. Evil suggested the sharks with lasers and it still hasn’t materialized. I’m starting to think it’s not going to happen. Add another great idea to the vaporware list.

      • West

        Goddamn im old

  • And yet the barrel is not threaded to put a can on it.

    • Earl T

      That you know of, from the photos. Hmmmm. any bets that might be a special order item?

      • David Sharpe

        It doesn’t say that is an option on the order page, you may be able to have them do it though.

  • Jsim

    What’s the difference between a 223 wylde and 5.56 barrel

    • Sadler

      .223 Wylde has a tighter chamber than 5.56 NATO, lending to higher accuracy. It’s basically a .223 Rem chamber that can handle 5.56 NATO pressures, but retains the accuracy potential of the .223 Rem chamber.

      From my experience, though limited to two .223 Wylde rifles, it chokes on steel cased ammo.

      • iksnilol

        5.56 in general isn’t good with steel cased ammo. Something to do with the lack of a taper on the case.

        The guys I know that shoot steel cased 5.56 (I don’t use 5.56 at all) in semi-autos load every 5th or 10th round a brass cased one.

        • G I

          What’s the thinking behind loading a brass cased round every 5th or 10th round?

          • iksnilol

            Something about steel sticking more to chambers than brass. So the occasional brass case stops it from sticking.

            Like I said, I don’t shoot 5.56 so don’t quote me for truth. Though I have also read people recommending that online to help against cases sticking.

          • Sadler

            Steel cases don’t expand as much as brass cases, so I don’t know why they’d stick, other than issues with the coating.

            I’ve had quite a few FTEs with lacquer coated steel cased and less so with the polymer coated stuff after extended firing sessions. But still, the failure rate for steel cased in my 5.56 NATO rifles has only been about 1-2 rounds per thousand. The .223 Wylde rifles I’ve used, I don’t own one, don’t run steel at all.

          • iksnilol

            I think it was exactly the coating that was problematic. Like I said, I am not a ballistician nor a professional so take it with a grain of salt or something. IMO a cartridge intended for an automatic firearm should be tapered, not a straight design like the 5.56 and 7.62×51. Sure, you get a bit less velocity but that can be compensated for with better bullets + you get much more positive extraction.

          • Sadler

            Both 5.56 and 7,62 NATO have tapered cases, but I get that you mean there should be more significant taper. I personally disagree though. If there is a big worry about extraction, a fluted chamber or a bigger extractor. Those are easier fixes than changing the ammo entirely.

            I think a LaRue patent was published pretty recently detailing a spiral fluted chamber that both enhances extraction and reduces damage to the case compared to other fluted chambers.

          • Jsim

            I shot .223 steel ammo once in my savage 111 and had to pry the bolt open its the only time i’ve ever had problem with

          • G I

            Thanks for the reply. From what I understand, steel cases don’t expand like brass when fired so they allow more carbon to blow by into the chamber. Firing brass cased ammo AFTER steel is a bad idea, because the brass expands and tends to get stuck in the carboned up chamber. YMMV.

  • Sam Deeley-Crane

    the name super sniper makes me cringe

    • James

      Why? It’s a perfect name for what this thing is. It totally conveys that this rifle is constructed solely for tier -1 elite spec ops para-recon scuba snipers who operate operationally in high speed low drag tactical scenarios.

      • Andrew Hobby

        Yes… verrryy interested…

        *adjusts camo fanny pack*

    • RealitiCzech

      I always think ‘Charles Whitman’ whenever I see that ‘urban sniper’ phrase. Or the DC Sniper.

  • Vitsaus

    With the MSRP of $2,225, Wilson must have had it subcontracted to Model 1 Sales. Seems like it would normally be around 4k, I mean… the color alone.

  • Bill

    Sorry, but “5.56 Whatever” and “sniper” don’t go together. It may be for “urban” purposes, but even then there are distances at which the 5.56 just doesn’t get it. And against cover or glass, it isn’t there yet. “Sniper” starts at .30 something: .308, 300 Win Mag…..

    Just how “maneuverable” does a precision rifle have to be? I understand in the military there was a push for low-vis precision rifles, so the carrier wouldn’t be targeted as a sniper, but I’m pretty certain the average SWAT sniper can maneuver his 700 or Blaser or AI through the average subdivision or strip mall.

    Wilson could engrave their name on a Daisy Red Ryder 200 shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing that tells time and sell it for 2K and have a waiting list. The compass would have tritium inserts and the thing that tells time would synchronize with the Naval Observatory.

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      You realize the average urban sniper engagement, ie police sniper, is about 80 yards, right?

      • Bill

        Actually, I believe it is closer to 40 yards. That’s the “average,” which by definition means that many are closer, and many are longer. It also doesn’t take into account barriers that a sniper may need to defeat, such as tempered safety glass. body armor, car parts, etc. There is also the tendency for people to “overglass” 5.56 precision rifles. It’s a 200 meter cartridge at best (yeah, I know people have gotten hits at distances far greater than that), but through a 12, 16, 24 or 32 power scope the shooter can “see” things that his or her cartridge doesn’t carry the terminal energy to stop, even when drop and windage are factored in. Heavier bullets may mitigate that some, but then you have to consider rifling rates and availability.

        For general utility purposes the .556 is fine, but for disrupting someone’s brainstem while they are obscured behind a hostage in a car between 40 and 400 yards away, it’s not the best choice.

        I’m sure they are out there, but I don’t have first hand knowledge of any LE agency that has standardized on the .556 as their precision rifle of choice. Every single one has been .308, .300 Win Mag, or in a very few rare cases where the agency could afford it, one of the hyper-specialized cartridges like a Lazzeroni, Lapua, .50 BMG Match or Chey-Tac.

        • TheSmellofNapalm

          With regard to the brainstem comment, the overwhelming majority of law enforcement precision kills are torso shots.

          • Bill

            In training those are referred to as “misses.”

            You can kill someone with a torso shot, but to immediately stop them down you need to shut down the central nervous system.