Wilson Combat Introduces The .308 “Super Sniper”

Wilson Combat, maker of custom AR-15s and 1911s, has announced another entry into the .308 caliber AR world, the “Super Sniper”. From the press release:


.308 SS (Super Sniper)

Unmatched reliability meets pinpoint accuracy in the Wilson Combat .308 Super Sniper, the ultimate semi-automatic sharpshooting platform!

Wilson Combat’s legendary, match grade barrel– the heart of the rifle– elevates it among its contemporaries as the top choice of long range accuracy seekers. The barrel is precision button rifled from 416-R stainless steel, then chambered and reverse crowned for exceptional accuracy. The 1-10” twist chosen for the Super Sniper delivers consistent results all the way to 1000 yards with a broad range of bullet weights.

Our BILLet-AR machined aluminum upper and lower receivers have been designed and engineered to close tolerances. These allow for an ideal fit and a precisely bored bolt raceway for smooth operation.  Our exclusive Wilson Combat free-floating T.R.I.M rail is a comfortable and versatile handguard platform for mounting your favorite accessories.The .308 Super Sniper is available with a fluted or non-fluted barrel, a 12” or 14” T.R.I.M  rail length, and your choice of Tactical Trigger Unit and Armor Tuff finish colors.
The Wilson Combat-Bravo Company Starburst Gunfighter Grip
is one of the more comfortable and ergonomic grips available for the AR-15.  Easy installed with a large flat head screwdriver, this high quality grip has become one of the leaders in the AR-15 market in a very short time.This nearly unbreakable polymer construction has a comfortable, natural grip angle for dynamic shooting and molded Wilson Combat exclusive Starburst design pattern for a sure grip.  A water-resistant storage area is perfect for keeping lube or batteries.


Wilson Combat has announced that the rifle is available at selected dealers now. 

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • skusmc

    Why did they feel the need to give such a nice looking rifle such a corny name?

    • harrygol

      not just corny but to me SS has got such negative connontations.

      • Beju

        More of a Mopar guy, eh? 😉

        • Lol, Mopar or no car!

          But in actuality I drive a holden 😉

      • iksnilol

        What’s so negative with SS? When I see the letters SS I always think Super Smooth.

        • Gern Blanston

          or silky smooth…

        • Mark N.

          Or stainless steel

    • Cal S.

      At some point, I think even these companies have a hard time taking themselves seriously…

  • Is anyone else tired of when a company introduces an “awesome new product” that is just an AR10/15 with high end crap on it?

    • Black_Viper

      Thoroughly, this is why I didn’t go to ShotShow this year (after going for 3 years in a row).

    • Vitsaus

      Yep. I think Wilson pretty much just says “We’re Wilson, it has to be expensive, so here’s the MSRP, put stuff on it until you get that number.” Instead of just putting a great barrel and nice trigger in it, they make sure that they live up to their pricing reputation. Quite honestly high end guns get just as much lost in the shuffle as low end. They all do the same thing, look the same, etc…

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Totally, you could buy a DPMS that’s surely equal to this. I mean, I guess I don’t even understand why they put their name on it at all. It’s definitely not so that people who don’t have time or desire to tinker with a rifle would know that one with a reputable brand will be good to go out of the box.

        You’re so right, it’s all “pricing reputation”!

        • Cal S.

          What is it with you? You’ve got the worst attitude I’ve seen in awhile toward those who apparently aren’t as rich as you are and can’t fritter away our hard-earned cash as easily.

          Yes, Mr. JumpWhen ToldTo ByFavorite ARCompany, there is quite a bit of mark-up in the firearms world. Alex is 100% correct. You know why they get away with it? Because people like you who equate $$$ with quality and don’t ask questions, only belittle those who do.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Rich? You misunderstand! Lol, I’m far too poor to buy cheap.

            I agree. You’re right, Wilson’s customers probably just don’t know any better. You can get a DPMS genII for less than half this Wilson!

          • Cal S.

            Awww, look at who’s so cute with his clumsy barbs! If you’re over 18, then you’re just being a jerk to be a jerk. Guess it makes you happy.

            Conversation honestly reminds me of Brian Regan’s refrigerator skit. Yep, pretty much.

            I guess, by your logic, for my semi-auto hunter I should have bought an HCAR just by virtue of the fact that it was the most expensive I possibly could have found? Smh.

        • nadnerbus

          Depends on what you are doing with said DPMS. I did in fact buy one that shoots sub moa with the right ammo and a good rest. It’s not milspec, and I probably wouldn’t want to lug it around the sands of Iraq and trust my life to it in adverse conditions and heavy use or anything, but in my case, it represents very good value for the money I spent.

          If I was military and was going to deploy with my own weapon, I might be more inclined to part with a bit more money and get something a little higher end.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Agreed. I think that’s a great way to split purchases up, the “I’m deploying to Iraq requirments” side and the “I’m not, so it doesn’t matter, I don’t need to trust it” pile.

            In all reality there is likely a scenario that would be in the middle of that category split.

          • Don

            So JumpIf NotZero, how do you know which modern day AR can and can’t make it in a war zone? Do you have any links that will take us to these sites that show all the proof that they can or can’t make it? It is so funny when people use the “If it’s good enough for a war” then it is a reliable firearm and if it has never been used in a war it’s not to be trusted or its unreliable..

          • Gern Blanston

            exactly…. if I could spend 3k id go for an hk mr762….

        • Vitsaus

          I actually was not saying the cheap stuff does the same as the good stuff, I was saying that all the good stuff is the same as the other good stuff, and all the cheap stuff is the same as all the other cheap stuff. My main point was that nothing about this Wilson made it any more spectacular than any other expensive gun. Its just Wilson cranking out another $3k + gun that does what $3K + guns do. I would never buy a DPMS personally, but at the same time, I look at the gun in the article and I say to myself “spending a good chunk of my money on hype.”

          • JumpIf NotZero

            You seem to know a lot about Wilson guns. Far more than I would for sure.

            Given that this one would compare to say an similar LMT, Larue, and Noveske guns, maybe you could explain why some are worth it and the Wilson isn’t?

          • Vitsaus

            Well I would put the Wilson and the Larue in a similar category, basically either one would perform the same, I have not seen a Noveske .308 personally. LMT offers a monolithic upper and removable barrel system that allows the user to go from an SBR length up to 20 inch, with options in twist rate as well. You can expect sub MOA from any of those guns I just listed, its up to the end user to decided if any features are in fact standing out from the crowd. But again, that was my point… standing out from the crowd.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Which do you own? Who makes your DMR?

          • Which do you own?

          • Don

            Like with anything, a firearm is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Like as was mentioned earlier, so many high-end AR’s are basically the same firearm with just maybe a different trigger, a different stock or maybe a different handguard. So many of them are manufactured in the same factories but for different manufacturers / assemblers. They all tend to use some type of match grade barrel which is probably made by the same manufacturer. There are very few that truly have something about them that are cutting edge technology… For instance… because of all the hype out there, those that sell piston AR’s can always charge more because there are so many shooters out there that hype them up saying they are “The end all be all” of firearms.

          • Random Guest

            “I look at the gun in the article and I say to myself “spending a good chunk of my money on hype.”

            Sortof not, though. For instance you’re probably looking at $450 to $700 worth of barrel (just for the barrel) made of a material density so astronomically high that it’s literally impossible to “break-in” the rifling, but that’s ok because it’s already so polished that it doesn’t need it. And etc. Weapons in this class also tend to be able to fire over 16,000 rounds without cleaning, and often without Lubricant. Not every joe sixpack at the 100yd range needs all of that, but it’s a bit more than hype.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Totally man!

      Um… Wait… What high-end crap are we talking about again? And why does the market need less high-end?

      Nah, that’s not what the market needs! No, there are already LaRue and KAC rifles, both of which cost more than this! So there is totally no need!

      This is just Wilson making high-end crap and marking it up to less than their competitors, that’s all that’s going on here! Boo Wilson, boo!

    • Cal S.

      But hey, we’re not supposed to question that, just shell out whatever the insane MSRP is without questioning for fear of being called ‘cheap’ if we do by a bunch of people that either make ‘too much’ or have so many sponsors that they can’t remember the last time they bought their own guns.

    • Don Ward

      No. Let’s write about it every day.

  • West

    Why isnt the barrel threaded?

    • Vitsaus

      Because that would have added $250 more to the price. Wilson threading is better than other threading.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Good question, first thing I noticed. Although I am always shocked at how many precision guys think brakes and flash hiders are problems for accuracy.

    • Don Ward

      Because let’s add more weight to a 10-11 pound rifle?

  • BattleshipGrey

    I’m just going to leave this here: $3095 (unfluted), $3195 (fluted).

    • BattleshipGrey

      Oh yeah, to feed this WC rifle with WC ammo will cost $2 a round. They even have one load that costs about $2.50 a round.

  • Ender

    They just need to to put an SWFA Super Sniper scope on there and they can call it the Wilson Combat Super Sniper Squared!

    • Squirreltakular

      Or the Super Duper Sniper.

  • Lance

    Still take a M-21 over this.

  • SentMKG

    Is it just me or did the reverse crown thing make no sense? I know what target crowning for barrels is used for but reverse crowning is not something I have heard of before.

    • Don

      If you look around the internet most people say it is a cosmetic thing for most but it came about as a way of protecting the rifling of the barrel. But that is only what I was able to find online, Wilson might say something totally different if you ask them??

  • Gern Blanston

    I dunno my $1200 m&p 10 with 5r rifled barrel gets sub-moa groups and all I did to it was add a rail and scope… not to mention it has had no issues or hiccups with any 308 I have put through it….2850 rounds and counting…

    • Squirreltakular

      My M&P10 is still waiting for some glass. What are you using?

      • Gern Blanston

        vortex viper hst – I sorta came into it from my buddy – it surprised me I like it, its a great scope for the money!

        • Squirreltakular

          Neat. The PST is what I’ve been looking at.

  • Don Ward

    I can tell by the amount of effort he put into this post how dirty Nathaniel felt re-writing a press release about an AR in .308.


  • Bob

    “Super sniper” kills you twice as dead? Or kills and takes your soul.

  • Gotta quote some sources to validate that claim

    • Don

      Go to any competitive shooter and ask them how many rounds they put thru their rifle before they replace the barrel and you will have all the sources that you want Phil. There are two types of barrel life, accuracy and then absolute… Competitive and high-end rifle buyers shoot their barrels until it starts to go from say like .25 moa to .5 moa or more, to them the barrel is at its accuracy end of life. Where as the average AR owner with a lower end AR will shoot his barrel until its absolute life has expired.
      And as for Wilson Combat’s rifles… A co-worker just bought one of their new .308 AR’s and it wouldn’t cycle anything but Wilson’s own expensive ammo. Shooting anything other than their ammo meant that he had to cycle each shot manually. And no, it did not come with an adjustable gas block and when he called the factory they said it should shoot any round through it. He sent it back to the factory and when it was returned to him it still only shoots higher end stuff. He sold that POS and bought a POF piston .308 and he has not looked back since…