Wilson Combat updates the Protector

Wilson Combat has just updated their Protector line of 1911s with a number of new features. Larry Vickers took a good look at the handgun and has a segment talking with one of the designers and eventually firing it. They came in either 9mm ($3985) or .45 ACP ($3875) and in three different models, Full Size, Professional (4 inch barrel) offered in either a steel or light weight aluminium frames and Compact only offered in aluminium frames.

A look at some of the specifications shows the detail put into the guns-

  • Integral Light Rail steel or lightweight frame
  • 5″ Stainless Match Grade Cone Barrel, Flush Cut and Crowned
  • 5″ Carbon Steel Slide
  • 30 LPI High Cut Checkered Frontstrap
  • Bullet Proof® Round Butt Magazine Well
  • High-Ride Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Safety
  • Tactical Bullet Proof® Thumb Safety
  • 3 ½# – 3 ¾# Crisp Trigger Pull with Medium Length Pad
  • Bullet Proof® Magazine Release
  • G10 Starburst Grips with Black Medallions
  • Countersunk Slide Stop
  • Heavy Machine Chamfer on Bottom of Slide
  • Battlesight with Fiber Optic Front Sight
  • Fluted Chamber
  • Fluted Barrel
  • 30 LPI Slide Top Serrations
  • 40 LPI Serrated Rear of Slide
  • Front Cocking Serrations and Carry Cuts

The Bull barrel is very noticeable from this angle. In the video with Larry Vickers, the lock up on the return motion of the slide seemed to be very flawless and tight. 

This is Wilson Combat’s description-

The 2015 Protector® is based on our steel or lightweight, light-rail frame in Full-size, Professional or Compact trim and was designed from the ground up as a next generation all-around, carry 1911 pistol with modern styling and performance enhancements.

Built on our rugged steel or lightweight aluminum light-rail capable frames, the 2015 Protector® will help you own the night in every possible fighting scenario with the legendary reliability, accuracy and detailing that a Wilson Combat custom pistol is known for.  You can tailor the specifications and caliber of your chosen 2015 Protector® to the tactical task at hand. Whether you are carrying concealed or for duty use-the choice is yours, the size and performance options of the 2015 Protector® can be modified to meet your needs.

Every 2015 Protector® has all the features selected for our rendition of the ultimate modern tactical handgun including a fluted tactical cone barrel, round butt, one-piece Bullet Proof ® magwell and a unique slide profile that wears both our signature carry cuts and abbreviated front cocking serrations-a unique styling feature of this model.


From left to right: Compact, Professional, and Full Size. The Compact and Professional differ in the magazines they came with, grip height, and choice of frame material. Other than that, all handguns share the same features. 

The company also had this to say about California legal and IDPA-

Current California Protector® model will still exist as a separate model and will not change. All current orders for Legacy Protector® models will be filled as ordered with previous Protector® specs unless specified otherwise.

2015 Protector®model not legal in CA.
Full size model not IDPA legal




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  • Budogunner

    The economy still stinks where I live. Is there really a big enough group of people who can afford these?

    Personally, I’d take a Glock and a used car for that kind of cash.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Yeah, guys who only buy the most expensive anything and go to the range once every three years.

      • Vitsaus

        Don’t forget how great they look in picture form when posted in the “show off your toys” threads on the various gun forums.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          My boss called me out of the shop last week and asked me to show him how to break down his new Kimber Pro CDP II.
          Went on to name a bunch of other high end pistols he had at home that had never been shot.

          • Paul White

            Excuse my while I go cry and fondle my affordable Rugers and CZs and tell myself they’r egood enough

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I have a feeling the most dangerous situation Wilson Combat pistols will see is possibly getting dropped at a BBQ.

          • Budogunner

            CZS are good guns, and plenty sexy. Don’t let any 1911 elitist tell you otherwise.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            CZs are great. Too bad Crimson Trace discontinued the only CZ-75 grip they made to make room for their 38th 1911 grip.

      • Dr. Rick S.

        I could purchase this pistol if I so desired it. And I probably shoot at least 3 times a week. Granted I have a private range on my property. In which Action Target created a really nice range, per my requirements. Before use of a private range. I did shoot on the weekends. Unless I was on call. When on call, I just stay at the hospital. Due to being perpetually called in. Personally, I wouldn’t get this firearm. I do like some STI and Cabot 1911’s. However, my EDC is a FNS compact or M&P compact. To each their own, in how they elect to spend their money.

        • Dan

          While I do not buy things so expensive that if I scratch them I cry. I totally agree with you. This world would be boring if everything were affordable. I’ve only bought one vehicle brand new, never again that first rock chip nearly killed me and the driver of the car that kicked it up as he sped past me

      • Bodie

        So what do you have to say about the guy who drops a few hundred thousand on some shotgun/rifle/revolver with a history, to keep to look at and never ever fire? I might just feel compelled to get a new pair of boots even though I wear Merrell’s to the range and am retired from active duty, and never ever wear them.

    • Laserbait

      Really? Look at all the $100,000+ cars sold today. Or even the $20K+ double rifles and shotguns. $4,000 is a drop in the bucket.

      • Budogunner

        Not many of any of those in my area. If you’d care to share a few drops yourself I can send you my PayPal address. What’s $4-12k among friends, right?

        • Laserbait

          Nah, I’m not much for welfare. 🙂

          • Budogunner

            Welfare is when a government takes money by that of force regardless of consent and redistributed it as it sees fit.

            Charity is money freely given out of generosity and altruism without expectation of return. You are against charity, and that is fine.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    So the four grand pistol shoots pretty good?
    Oh ok, cool video.

  • tony

    On the other hand…my car beats it by $500

  • Swarf

    Ahh hahaha! Haaa hahaha!!

    $4000 for a new pistol! Oh wow. OK, great.

  • mosinman

    these look really nice! but i’ll have to stick with my R1 for now

  • noamsaying

    The Protector does not protect your wallet.

    • Dan

      Sure it does it tranfers your money to a more secure location. Wilson Combats bank account.

  • AJ187

    I’m glad they make these and all the other high end 1911’s and such, and I hope they always will. But I get sick of people who act like they’re the holy grail of guns. Just because it’s expense doesn’t always make it better. Once a product reaches a threshold, reliable accurate, etc) it’s good to go by me. Everything else is window dressing.

  • Full Name

    Serious question: Are there people who CCW four-digit guns? People who don’t have other peoples’ money to spend, I mean?

  • Bodie

    Love that muzzle crown

  • Bodie I honestly don’t know what post you mean. Obviously something caused Disqus to block it until I could approve it.
    I normally don’t work as many hours on Saturday and Sunday as I do during the week so it may still be waiting for approval.
    I work a lot of hours during the week so I have to take some time for the family and myself.

    • Bodie


      I’d like to apologize. I had initially posted a couple replies and then posted one lone comment. I DID see that they needed moderator approval (One of them I typed the word s**t so I edited it, but the other 2 I wasn’t sure why they needed approval). While they were waiting to be approved, I was able to view them. I then returned twice about 10-12 hours later and they were no longer visible. At that point, I had figured (ASSumed) that they had been deleted or not approved since they were gone.

      Again, I do apologize for that. I’ll end up deleting this original post questioning why my comments were gone, but I first want to make sure you receive this apology. Total confusion with the way the posts were able to be viewed before, but then vanished. Please do not think I had any issue with the time it took for them to be approved. I totally understand a busy workload that would push aside something so minute as approving posts. I was solely concerned my comments had been moderated out and deleted.

      I do thank you for taking the time to reply to me and filling me in. Again, no issue with the timeline to approval, and apologies for the confusion and my assumption. Thanks again.