Wilson Combat CQB Commander

Wilson Combat

Recently, Wilson Combat introduced a number of new firearms. The latest is the CQB Commander. Not surprisingly the CQB Commander is a 1911-pattern pistol chambered for the .45 ACP. Wilson Combat will also offer the handgun chambered for the 9mm.

The gun uses a frame with a full size grip, but has a shortened slide and barrel. The stainless steel barrel is 4.25″ in length and is said to be match grade. The chamber is fluted. The overall length of the CQB Commander is 7.85″ while its height measures 5.6″. According to the company, this is the first time Wilson Combat has made a pistol in this particular format.

Wilson Combat

The front sight is a green or red fiber optic rod while the rear sight is the company’s Battlesight. Tritium sights are optional. The grip panels are made of G10 with the same starburst pattern the company uses on some of its other guns.

Wilson Combat uses a trigger with a 3.5 – 3.75 pound pull weight. The company offers an accuracy guarantee of 1.5″ at 25 yards.

The base price for this pistol is $3,600. Various options and upgrades can tack on a few more dollars. Let’s face it – if the base price doesn’t scare you off, the upgrade costs are not likely to either.

Another gun recently announced by the company was the Compact Carry 9mm.

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/.


  • Peewee Sierrafour


  • RickH

    Geez, 3600 big ones. No thanks, I know it’s nice but I’ll go get a commander length Ruger.

  • Griz

    $3,600 and Night Sights are still cost extra? Wow. The first 1911 I shot was a Wilson the second was a Springfield, I didn’t feel a $2500 difference in that short rental.

    • derpmaster

      I’d much rather spend $800 on a Ruger 1911 and spend the rest on 5,600 rounds of ammo. Or spend $1000 of that on a sweet as hell reloading setup and some components and 2,800 rounds of ammo.

      These things are just tacticool collector’s toys for people with more money than brains.

      • PaulLibertarian

        I’d get a .45ACP Glock and spend the difference on ammo. If I wanted to spend a lot of money on a .45 it’d be a HK45 or maybe the new Walther PPQ in .45 not this, I wonder if it comes with snake oil?

      • The Brigadier

        You are absolutely right. Wilson wants to be the Cadillac of pistols and price is one way to make the claim for the being the best. They are very accurate and beautiful to boot. Oh well, like you I can’t justify that price for a range shooter.

  • NDS

    If you haven’t shot a quality, semi-custom steel 1911 chambered in 9mm… You are truly missing out.

    • Kelly Jackson

      I’d rather shoot a Sig P220 MK25 for a fraction of the price.

      • NDS

        Quality gun, I have a Scorpion, but not a 9mm and not steel. It’s not a matter of “rather”, why not shoot both?

      • CommonSense23

        Mk25 is the 226

      • G0rdon_Fr33man

        Is the Mk25 lower frame aluminum, or steel?

    • Bill

      Missing out on what? I love well-made guns, and at one time it was Wilson, Novak or that really old guy who’s name I can’t remember (Armand Swenson?), but today the market is flooded with quality, semi-custom 1911s in all flavors and calibers.

      • NDS

        I didn’t say anything about a specific make, just that any handgun shooter that hasn’t shot a steel 9mm 1911 is missing out. I’m glad to see so many makers out there getting on with the program, like the Springfield 9mm Range Officer is a quality piece for not a lot of money.

        • Bill

          I misunderstood. I’ve shot steel 9mm 1911s and they may have a role as range guns for teaching trigger management to shooters with issues. For carrying though, I’d rather have an alloy 9mm or a steel .45.

    • Anonymoose

      Gibe .45 pls.

  • Lance

    A 9mm 1911 that’s still blaspheme!!!! LOL

    • Mark M

      Thats a hi power lol

      • Goody

        Imagine, if you will, a world where semi-custom armorers turned out clone after clone of BHPs, in every conceivable variety.

        Although not EVERY variety of 1911 has been done to death – I’d love a threaded commander. Would get around the stupid barrel length laws here and be concealable for if I ever felt the need to risk 10 years on carrying.

  • Gregory

    $3,600.00, when pigs fly!

    • Cal S.

      You fail to appreciate the obvious specialness of this that makes this so…special. You think that this much special can be cheap?

  • Spencerhut

    At less than half the price, I’ll take two Dan Wesson Guardians . . .

    • Yimmy

      And at less than those I’ll take a fully functioning just as accurate hk45c or usp45.

  • 3600 dicks.


  • nanoc

    I don’t get it why would anyone pay this much for a 1911. I know some people are going to chew me out a bit cause its a Wilson Combat but this is nothing special. Yea it might built to super tight tolerances and dipped in proprietary unicorn tears but its not worth 3,600 dollars. If it was gold plated or had some nice engravings or something I would understand but this…

  • The American Crusader

    Whatever you do, don’t take it out of the safe. You might scratch the Safe Queen >.<

  • Budogunner

    I’m not giving $10 to a gun company that doesn’t know what a “fluted chamber” means, nevermind $3500.

  • tenmillimeter

    Hahahhaahahhhaahhah…I think they are serious though

  • t_reese

    Hmmm. 1.5″ at 25 yards. My Metro Arms American Classic Commander does that from a Ransom Rest with no problem. And fired while hand held, it never fails to shoot and cycle perfectly.
    It cost me just under 500 bucks brand new.
    It’s funny to me that I’ve seen Wilsons and Kimbers malfunction more than any other 1911s. And the owners always say it’s because they’re not ‘broke in’ yet.. Funny, but I didn’t have to break mine in. It shot perfect right out of the box..

    • My Kimber had a “break in” period. It didn’t stop stove piping until I had about 300 rounds through it and now it’s 100% reliable with all quality ammo (even some questionable hand-loads I bought from a friend- there were probably 3 malfunctions out of 250 rounds).

      • t_reese

        Sorry but the way I see it, any gun that needs a break in, isn’t what I consider reliable.

  • To my knowledge, WC did make a commander-length 1911 back in early 2000’ish. I forget what it was called, but if I remember it was simply called the CQB Protector? Someone can probably check on that, but it was reviewed by Guns and Ammo (Garry James no less). As far as the $3600 price tag? Egads! That’s way too much. My Kimber Eclipse commander-length (will full size grip) is hand-made and customized in-house by Kimber Performance Shop hand-fitted match stainless bull barrel, hand-fitted slide and frame, front strap and mainspring checkering, extended safety and the match trigger, Meprolite sights. I paid a hair over $1000 for it back in 2004. Shoots like a dream. You can get a nice commander size customized 1911 from SA for over $2000 less than this. You’re paying for: tacticalcool, exotic finishes, hand-made and fitted, and the WC name. You can get all that from SA or Kimber for substantially less.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Cool gun, next step win lottery.

  • Anonymoose

    Do they accept limbs, souls, or firstborn sons as payment?

  • Mitch

    Dat barrel and bushing tho… A man can dream : )

  • Y K

    Wilson’s are nice, but way overpriced

    • The Brigadier

      Levi’s have V shaped crotches and Wrangler’s are U shaped (bless them!) I am now a Wrangler guy and can walk without wincing.

  • The Brigadier

    Its too bad the slide is shorter. The increased recoil will be a lot to handle accurately.