Larry Vickers & Wilson Combat Partner to Release Vickers Elite 1911

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Normally, I would roll my eyes at the mere mention of yet another celebrity-edition firearm, but I hate to say it, Larry Vickers’ Elite 1911 from Wilson Combat is almost exactly as I would customize one a 1911 handguns down to the color scheme. As such, it may just be a reasonably priced Wilson Combat, all things considered ($3,850 base price).

Larry’s choices include flared magwell, aggressive cocking serrations, serrated top slide (to reduce glare), gold dot-front, mid-length trigger, & checked front and rear grips. As a bonus, it includes a fluted chamber.  The base configuration is a left-sided safety only. The ambi safety is an optional upgrade.

Description from Wilson Combat:

Years of practical experience as an assaulter, pistolsmith, competitive shooter, industry consultant and trainer have formed the basis for the Vickers Elite-Larry Vickers’ signature Wilson Combat model 1911.  The Vickers Elite combines many of our time tested custom handgun features and ads some new modifications as requested by Larry to create a unique signature pistol with universal tactical appeal.

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The Vickers Elite starts with our precision machined and hand fitted forged slide and frame combination along with our match-grade barrel for impeccable reliability and precise accuracy. Renowned Wilson Combat hand-fitting to rigorous specifications yields a pistol that you can count on regardless of the shooting scenario at hand.

The Vickers Elite wears the Vickers Tactical logo on the slide and on the proprietary G-10 grips to immediately identify this model in the field.

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A special .45 caliber Wilson Combat magazine was also developed for this model with extensive input from Vickers based on his deployment experience.  The Vickers Duty Magazine has a reinforced, solid tube for added strength, a newly engineered follower with sand cuts and a last round retention feature.  The standard coil spring has been replaced with a stainless flatwire spring for the ultimate in long term feeding reliability in extreme environments and hard use. An extended steel base pad has been added to make this magazine the new standard for tactical use.

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Larry Vickers is a retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. Find out more about Larry Vickers on his website www.vickerstactical.com

Wilson Combat Larry Vickers Model 1911



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    All those buzzwords… My brain! Vickers seems like the most loudmouthed “SF” individual I have ever come across.

  • Will

    My Sig P-220 cost me three house payments less than this one.
    Buyers are paying a very high premium for two words “Wilson” and “Vickers”. Naturally the “Elite” will draw the tacti-cool crowd like flies to honey.
    Given Wilson’s reputation I’m sure it’s a wonderful pistol but $3,850.00 BASE price??? WOW!!!

  • iksnilol

    “Last round retention”, does that mean the slide locks back when there is one round left?

    Looks like a nice piece but it ain’t a doublestack and it is almost 4 grand. So count me out.

    • Jeff Smith

      I believe you’re right about last round retention. I know I’ve seen it somewhere, but, for the life of me, I can’t tell you where. The idea is to lock the slide back with one round left in the magazine. The shooter then hits the slide release, chambers the last round, and does a mag change with a round in the chamber. essentially, the shooter doesn’t get caught with his “pants down” during a mag change.

      • iksnilol

        I know there is one pistol that does that too, I believe it is Ukrainian. It looks… interesting.

        I remember seeing something similar in a movie once. The good guy shoots then skips one chamber (he is using a revolver) causing the bad guy to think he ran dry… only for the good guy to shoot him when he tries to charge him.

      • Budogunner

        That sounds like a malfunction waiting to happen. If you didn’t drop the slide before the mag change you would hey a double-feed. As every other semi-auto in the US functions ‘normally’ all of our training would push us to jam up the gun.

        Let’s say you stated fresh on this, though, and that became natural. Then, if you pick up anything but your very specific $4k gun you will always drop the slide on an empty chamber reloading to produce a click when you want a bang. That isn’t safe from a self defense perspective.

        • Some Guy

          Why would you get a double feed? The last round is in the magazine that you drop not in the chamber. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong but the only way to get a double feed malfunction from a single feed magazine is if you also have a FTE.

        • Jeff Smith

          The last round wouldn’t be loaded into the chamber with the slide locked back, instead, it would still be in the magazine and loses into the chamber once the slide was dropped.

          Also, each firearm is different and has its own unique features that must be learned when training. There’s no universal manual of arms.

          • Budogunner

            I’ll own up to misunderstanding the last round retention system. I’m still not a fan for the latter listed reason, but to each their own.

    • Dave

      What the last round retention means in this case is that there is a slight dimple in the mag follower so that the last round doesn’t bobble due to the action/forces at work. Often in a 1911, the bullet of the last round will move forward and tip up a bit and the bullet will have to enter at a steeper angle into the chamber. Given the nature of a 1911, that typically means a failure to feed. This slight dimple is meant to counter that issue.

      In short, the magazine is basically a Wilson ETM mag body (sans holes) with flat wire spring, extended base plate and new follower. To be clear, it runs 100% like a standard 1911 mag. I got to test one this past week and it runs just fine.

  • Graham2

    A very nice but expensive pistol. However: ‘As a bonus, it includes a fluted chamber’.

    Don’t make me laugh, it does not have a fluted chamber!

    • TVOrZ6dw

      Right… When I read ‘fluted chamber’ I had a much different picture in my head than what I saw in the video. It’s a great gun, but I don’t see it doing anything more than my $900 Kimber I bought 10 years ago.

      • JoeDirt

        Kimber? You’re joking right? That’s like a Ford Fiesta owner saying he doesn’t see anything more in a Rolls Phantom Coupé…lol

    • El Duderino

      Hey now…roof, ceiling, same thing right?

    • DIR911911 .

      yep, because the chamber is the last place you want all that “extra” metal

    • RICH

      I CAUGHT THAT TOO. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO RELOAD THE ‘FLUTED BRASS’ AFTER YOU FIRED THE ROUNDS….! ! ?

      • iksnilol

        I thought the flutes are on the outside? Seems like a decent idea, better for those flutes to fill with debris than the debris blocking the slide.

        Though I am not so sure about removing metal around the chamber.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Four grand for a pistol is not “reasonable” unless you can also drive it.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Here you go…

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Its sad that the only people who will buy this are old business guys who might take it to the range once a year, maybe, and the only people on earth who could properly take advantage of all the bells and whistles are probably Delta Force who are the only spec ops guys I know of who train primarily with the 1911. At least they used to.

        • El Duderino

          I bet it’s mostly guys spending an inheritance, actually. At least that’s what I see with other similarly-priced “big boys’ toys”.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Good point, gotta have something to play show and tell with at the BBQ. Then its back in the safe.

        • Grindstone50k

          DF went with the Glock 22 a few years ago.

        • JoeDirt

          That’s not true. I’m not an old business guy and I’ve taken my Wilson Combat CQB Elite out many times…last time was in a Dave Harrington 2-day Pistol Course…~2K rounds…not exactly a low round count course…

    • RICH

      …….. OR DO OTHER THINGS WITH IT….. ! LOL

  • McDuh

    Flashlight goes where?

    • DIR911911 .

      up the guy’s ass who spends the money on this thing.

      • Dan

        Don’t need no stinking flashlight, I has my NVGs on!

        • hikerguy

          Agreed. While I see a use for them, I always felt they were also bullet magnets.

          • iksnilol

            Regarding flashlights: I do the “FBI hold” where you hold the flashlight far away from your body. The theory is that if somebody shoots/charges after the light (like they logically would) they will miss. Though it requires you to shoot one handed (not a problem for me but might be for others).

            On a rifle I don’t really have that option so I am mildly screwed there.

        • iksnilol

          If you can afford a 4k pistol you can afford some NVGs 😛

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Bullets with rails.

  • It strikes me that if they had simply extended the magazine tube instead of the base plate, they’d be awfully close to a 9rd magazine.

    The barrel hood flutes are cosmetic eyewash until they decide to make them a spiral cut.

    • Budogunner

      That confused me. The article says fluted chamber. There is a HUGE difference between a fluted chamber and a fled barrel hood.

  • Bear The Grizzly

    If I’m spending 4k on a gun that sum beach better shoot itself and dispense skittles.

    • Budogunner

      The sad thing is, if it were legal to do so (which it isn’t), I could build you such a gun that auto targets with face recognition and fires itself for MUCH less than this pistol. Skittles dispenser included.

      • iksnilol

        How much? And could you include a coffee machine?

        In all seriousness, building an autotargeting system wouldn’t be too hard. I have seen airsofters and paintballers do it. You could make a mighty decent area denial weapon like that using two ARs with large magazines (the 150 round double drums seemed reliable from what I saw).

        Though I am iffy about face recognition, I would sorta don’t want to get lit up because it failed to recognize me once. Best bet would be to have it remote controlled (though that would be mighty illegal from what I understand of American law).

        • Budogunner

          Yep, US Law prohibits electonic control of a trigger as that technically becomes a machinegun. Otherwise, it is totally do-able.

          I wrote a facial recognition script in python back in college, so it really isn’t bad. You would need a few strong servos, gears to up your torque, and a controller (even a Raspberry Pi would do, and those are only $35). Just one extra, cheap servo to control a door for the skittles dispenser and your all set. I’ve seen people wrap bacon around a barrel and cook it, so you could wrap it in copper pipe to liquid cool it (thereby heating you coffee in the process).

          • iksnilol

            Hmm.

            You could do it with airsoft or paintball, then again “constructive intent” could mess you up.

      • Curious_G

        Righttttttttt

        • Budogunner

          Yes, right. Did you see the other article about the quad copter with a gun mounted? Well, even including the autopilot IMU, GPS receiver for navigation, and groundstation software you could build that thing for under $300. How do I know? I’ve built one. Yay, Hobby King for cheap parts.

          The rest, such as facial recognition and auto targeting, is just software. Example code is freely available on the Web as a starting point. Even starting from scratch shouldn’t add much coding time if you use a decent computer vision library, like OpenCV.

          The tech is cheap, and it only gets cheaper. Hell, I heard on the news that there have been problems fighting a wildfire because civilians filming it with drones are endangering official response aircraft. We now live in that age.

          So yeah, about $300 gets you an airborne robotics platform, about $500 gets you a reliable handgun, and you have $3050 left in your budget to pay a programmer if you can’t do the job yourself. That is why I say it is a totally possible project and would come in cheaper than this $1911.

  • Vitsaus

    The only guy would would fall for this, can’t afford it.

    • Vitsaus

      *who would fall for …

      • DIR911911 .

        when u type tactically, there’s always collateral damage

  • gb7

    Needs a tactical slide racker because the aggressive cocking serrations looks pretty much what’s on a Glock

  • Evil Merlin

    Sorry if you pay $3800+ for a 1911, there is something seriously wrong with you. Its still “just” a 1911. I am willing to bet money the 1911 I built up from decent match grade parts for a total of 1200 bucks shoots just as well. But hell lets stick some names on it and charge a fortune. Barnum said it best “There is a suck born every minute”. Reasonably priced. Yeah. OK.

    • johnhender

      that is resonable for a Wilson the one I want is 6k

      • Evil Merlin

        There is zero reason any 1911 should cost more than 2000 bucks. Period. You are doing nothing more than paying for a name. I could build a 1911 that shoots just as good, if not better than a 6k Wilson for under 2000. And yep, I have done so before. Never understood paying for a name on a slide.

        • jeff k

          i agree. whats funny is that it wont hold it value because in 20 years larry will be napping in the ground and no one from this upcoming generation will even know who he is. they will be saying 3 grand? whos larry vickers and im buying a colt lol

    • JoeDirt

      So you’d build $1200 1911’s for $1200? No labor costs eh? Are you a master gunsmith? Or just some guy who bought “drop in” parts and installed them on a Springfield Armory “MilSpec” and thinks it’s actually built as well as any Wilson Combat…lol…I think you’re a bit delusional…

  • Phillip Cooper

    4 grand for a sidearm? Not at all reasonable…

  • DIR911911 .

    “fluted chamber for debris accumulation” . . . what? who wants debris to accumulate? never had a problem with the outside of a barrel getting too dirty.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      …and also for cosmetics.

      So pretty much only for cosmetics, with some extra tacti-talk to get that precum going for the tacticool crowd…

  • Uniform223

    I don’t like the price for this 1911 but its hard to argue the level of craftsmanship of it. This would be like the Rolls Royce of 1911s. I would never be able to afford either one but that doesn’t mean I wont appreciate or respect them.

  • Mark

    When 1911 is mentioned with Larry Vickers my ears perk up. Few people know the 1911 like him but he’s not making these. If Larry had bought some base model Springfields or even some Caspian frames and made these changes to them with his own hand I’d pay $3,800 for one. Won’t fault anyone who buys one though because that’s one of the best looking 1911s I’ve seen.

  • Budogunner

    I must respectfully disagree with the author, add I am not a fan of this setup. Very little gun for the money, but very high profit margins.

    I mean, seriously, mealy $4k and it still had a barrel bushing? Nevermind the other niceties it lacks, that bit stood out to me.

  • Like I said when I linked this post on AllOutdoor, the irony here is that Vickers recommends people buy a Glock and not a 1911. His standard line is that unless you’re passionate enough about the 1911 to become a 1911 armorer so you can fix it and maintain it yourself, you should buy a Glock and call it a day. (Note: I’m not a Glock fanboy. I’m just repeating what Vickers says in his website FAQ and in interviews.)

  • Ajax

    And yet no lightmount. Kind of a fail. A Glock with a Unity Tactical slide, T1, and X300 is only around half the price of this, and much more capable. But whatever.

  • Lt Donn

    Just what we need…another 4k 45 acp…Yikes!…I’ll buy 2 Glocks 1k of ammo and attend one of Wes Doss’s classes and still have enough left for dinner out

  • RICH

    WOW….. LARRY VICKERS SEEMS TO BE SELLING HIS NAME TO EVERYONE LATELY ! ! ! I DON’T KNOW TOO MANY WORKING CLASS INDIVIDUALS THAT CAN LAY OUT $4 K FOR ANY TYPE OF PISTOL !

    • iksnilol

      I was about to rebute your point but then I remembered that this thing is more expensive than a Sphinx, and those suckers are expensive (essentially a Swiss CZ75, AKA friggin awesome).

      For the price of a Wilson Combat pistol I can quite literally buy a Sphinx pistol (so pretty, so good) and a Sauer 200 STR. In short, I can buy two very high quality competition pieces for the price of one Wilson Combat pistol.

  • RICH

    LARRY’S PARTING MESSAGE WAS ALMOST WORD FOR WORD THE MESSAGE I RETIRED ON. ‘ EVERY DAY, THE FIRST PERSON YOU SEE IS YOURSELF IN THE BATHROOM MIRROR…. YOU ONLY HAVE TO ANSWER TO YOURSELF IN KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE YOU MADE IN LIFE…. NO ONE ELSE REALLY MATTERS OR UNDERSTANDS’ !

    • RICH

      BUT… STILL, IN RETROSPECT, A $4 K 1911 IS TOO PRICEY NO MATTER WHOSE NAME IS ON IT ! !…. I STILL LOVE YA LARRY ! !

      • iksnilol

        He is “Larry Vuitton” after all 😛

        If you don’t understand, look at his logo, it is very similar to the Louis Vuitton logo.

  • USMC03Vet

    The ironic thing is these are too expensive to be anything but safe queens so all the craftsmanship and high speed low drag vickers that went into it is completely wasted.

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    Of course he had to drop a video where he is bragging about all his experience, while also excusing himself for being fat. He is doing a great job of capitalising on past experience, I´ll give him that. Still sounds like a voiceover actor from a Marines recruiting video.

  • TomOakheart

    another flipping 1911.

  • Lawdog

    Dont want to be rude but we are rapidly approaching the point where marketing hype has overtaken common sense….I carried custom 1911’s in an elite military unit, an issue 1911 in the military police, and Colt models in civilian law enforcement. I have built 1911s that are 100%, 4 lb triggers, and shoot less than 2 inches…….that being said, there must be 10,000 guys out there who can do the same….I can build guns like that for close to $1,000….so while I can afford anything I want, I would build one or buy something like a Kimber carry and spend that other $3,000 on an elk hunt…..kind of like plastic boobs on a woman, look great but dont have much real function….IMHO

  • JoeDirt

    I need one to match up with my NHC Vickers…