Wilson Combat 9mm Carbine

Wilson Combat

Wilson Combat announced a new AR pattern carbine chambered for the 9×19 pistol caliber. The new gun, called the AR9, is different from most AR pattern 9mm as it can be had with one of three different lowers that accept magazines for:

  • Glock 17 (and similar)
  • Beretta 92
  • Smith & Wesson M&P9

According to the folks at Wilson Combat, this new rifle is not simply a warmed over AR. Rather, it was designed to be a 9mm carbine that uses the familiar controls of the AR-15. The company claims the new gun offers the handling of an AR with the best possible reliability and accuracy the 9mm can obtain in a rifle form.

The company states the gun was designed to function with a broad range of ammunition including all of the popular hollow point loads and higher pressure (+P) loads.

Some of the features found on this new carbine are:

  • bolt hold open with lock back on empty factory magazines
  • proprietary bolt carrier group with heavy duty claw extractor
  • billet machined aluminum receivers
  • flared magazine well
  • integral, oversized trigger guard
  • designed for suppressed use
  • match grade, carbon steel barrel with 1:10″ twist and button rifling
  • fluted barrels optional
  • carbine and SBR lengths available; can be ordered as a pistol
  • various accessories and Armor Tuff finish colors are available
  • compatible with standard AR furniture, triggers, charging handles, stocks and optics

The base price is $1,995.

Wilson Combat makes a variety of weapons such as the ARP and a range of high end 1911 pistols.

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/.


  • USMC03Vet

    I should have known better than to get excited before looking at that price.

    • BrianZ


    • Nicks87

      Yep, but Wilson has plenty of homeboys that pay the ridiculous prices and keep them in business. It’s just kind of sad really.

    • Joseph Smith

      I’m surprised it’s less than $3K.

  • flashoverride

    Sweet Chivas! For that price, you could buy an AR, a Hi-Point carbine, and a Keltec Sub-2000. Good lord.

    • DW

      Or a high point with enough tooling to make 30rounder mags.

  • Tyler McCommon

    $2k…… I could buy a Scorpion Evo and get it SBR’d and still have money left over.

  • Jambo

    Oh man, my Scorpion with an optic, mags, trigger job, and folding brace adapter still costs less and it fits in a backpack. Hell, the Sig MPX exists as well if you just need an AR type toy.

  • anon

    you people complaining about “the price” and “i can get more for less” don’t understand that they make world class 1911’s that are hand fitted and accurate out to 100 yards. You don’t just not pay $2000 for a world class 9mm 1911 AR.

    • RickH

      I hope this is sarcasm…….

    • Jambo

      That’s sometimes true, but sometimes it’s bullshit. In this case, it would be bullshit.

    • CommonSense23

      A 1911 that is accurate out to a 100 yards? Wow my mind is blown.

      • R.J. Thomas, a SEAL in Vietnam and excellent shot, took out 30 + Vietcong with his 1911 from over 100 yards when his helicopter was shot down. He was badly injured in a rice field surrounded by a large earthen dike on all sides. The M60 and other weapons in the helicopter were all bent and destroyed, with only the 1911’s having survived the crash.

        The VC began to try an overrun his position, but they had the get up and over the dike in order to fire at him.Using his unconscious teamate as a sandbag, every time one of the VC tried to come over the dike 100 yards from the crash site, he’d pop off a round. He managed to hold them off for over 30 minutes.

        When the rescue helicopter finally arrived, the noticed a large pile of corpses behind the berm.

        This is detailed extensively in “More of the Deadliest Men Who Ever Lived” by Kirchner. One of my all time favorite books that is full of wonderful mini-badass biographies.

        • CommonSense23

          I am not doubting that a pistol can make hits on a person at a 100 yards. It’s pretty easy. On steel we would routinely make hits on targets out to 200 yards.

          • Nicks87

            Once you get a feel for how much the bullet drops at that distance, and as long as the pistol groups consistently it shouldn’t be much of a problem with some patience and practice.

        • Mazryonh

          I wonder if RJ Thomas would have preferred to have a PDW like an FN P90 in that kind of situation.

          • Given that all of the other weapons on board (M16’s, Stoner 63, etc) were smashed and/or ejected from the aircraft, the P90 likely would have suffered a similar fate. However a Five Seven, or pistol chambered in another flat shooting caliber like .357 Sig. 7.62×25. 7.5FK, 6.5CBJ, etc would have made that type of shooting much easier for the average solider.

            Luckily, R.J. is such as boss that even with the 16″ of drop .45 ACP has at 100 yards, he was still making excellent hits.

  • RealitiCzech

    Internal monologue as I saw the title “is this a 9mm carbine made so that the Sig MPX looks like a cheap alternative?” *scrolls down* “yup.”

    • Vitsaus

      They must have partnered up with SIG on this one. “Scratch our back, we’ll scratch yours.”

  • Jacob

    From the looks of this crowd, you must all be the type to go out and buy a hi-point because it “does the same as any other 9mm but its cheaper…” Is this really so mind blowing to you all? You get what you pay for. Its a quality piece no doubt about it. But of course you pay a bit extra for the name brand. If it wasnt worth it, there’d be no market for it. Just like a sig, an iphone, or a bmw. 2k isnt even near the high end for firearms. People regulary pay upwards of 10k for precision rifles, and those are arguably more useless and far less practical than something like a 9mm carbine that accepts comman handgun mags.

    • KestrelBike

      nope. I’d shake my head at any dude that showed up to a steel match with a $2,000 9mm-ar that he actually paid for. (an MP5 is something entirely different, the guy’s paying for the legacy).

      • Jacob

        Yes, because people who have more disposable income than you to spend on things they like are pitiful and you should laugh at them. And why does it need to be used for match? I think this would be great for HD in an SBR format.

        • DaveP.

          Nope- because people who waste money on flash and brand names are inherently to be pitied… kinda like the wannabe rappers with the rolled-gold BMW hood ornament necklaces.
          Get something that works, spend your money on practice and training rather than brand names and bling, and be proud of winning matches and being respected as a competitor.

    • Cal S.

      The point is if a 9mm rifle that feeds off of Glock mags is available in the $400-$800 range, then why are companies bringing to market the same thing for 2-4x the price? Within that price range, one can have folders, take-downs, and even Glock handgun uppers that do the job just fine. These all review well and perform well. They often feature affordable caliber conversions.

      Not telling you what to do with your money, but there just really seems to be no reason for a $2k 9mm carbine other than to say “Look at how much money I have!” Or, you’re lectured by the interwebs that unless you want to die, you really need a Wilson Combat 9mm.

      • Jacob

        Some people just like to have nice things. I personally dont buy guns just for a tool. I can guarantee you that if you held a $400 9mm carbine and a 2k wilson combat 9mm carbine, you would feel the difference. Weight and balance, construction, higher quality components.and if youre like me, and collect guns out of personal interest, then looks is a contributing factor as well. Like a car.

        I see where youre coming from. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference. My only point is that just because one person is happy with inexpensive, polymer, economy guns -does not mean anyone who spends a extra money to have something high end is an idiot who wastes their money.

        • Cal S.

          And you’re right, I’m sure. However, for me it boils down to function over form. Also, from a business perspective, I’d try to price mine so that it is competitive and reaches the most people. It just gets old seeing all these companies shoot (literally) for the upper echelon of gun owners with outlandish prices and without care to the ‘little people’.

    • tts

      If you get what you pay for is true then beanie babies would still be holding their value.

      I’m sure its a well made gun but $2k for a pistol caliber AR15 based carbine is BS.

      And yes there are those who pay $10k+ for super high end guns but they’re actually quite unusual so its absurd to try and present them as a common case buyer. Not many have that sort of disposable income to throw around, maybe 5-10% of the entire US population tops.

      • Jacob

        Thats a horrible comparison and you know it. The reality is those people hoped to get MORE than they paid for. It was a gamble, not an investment. Lottery tickets dont count either.

        Besides, everyone knows firearms are a financial loser anyways.you dont expect to get anything back. Like a project car or building a computer. You buy quality parts to reach a desired level of performance.

        And lastly, id say its more lik 50% or more that could afford a 10k rifle. On the average household incoming and living within your means, you could save 10k in a few years. I could put that on a credit card right now if i wanted. You dont need to be in the top 10% to have nice things.

        • Nicks87

          “50% could afford a 10K rifle?” You are delusional, more like 1% of gun owners. My buddy works at a gun shop and he says most people that buy guns at his store buy the cheapest s**t on the shelf. The high end stuff sits on the rack for years! They have HKs, precision rifles and specialty shotguns that they cant sell because if the owner dropped the prices he would lose too much money so they just sit and collect dust.

  • toms

    Wilson makes great guns. I have two of their rifles and they have been more reliable, accurate, and lighter than most of my other rifles. I will be picking up an pistol to SBR. You can keep your PSA parts gun just don’t hate on good products even if they are pricey. There is a lot of polish to the wilson guns that is evident to anyone who has one. Most of it is cosmetic but they also run very smooth and suppress well.

    • NDS


    • Budogunner

      “Most of it is cosmetic…” Yeah, not on my priority list. My home build on stripped lower 9mm is reliable and suppresses well, too, for about half the price.

    • JoshCalle

      Enjoy your Gucci gun, I’m gonna go still be able to make my rent.

  • $1,200 too much, Wilson Combat.

  • I wish someone would design a 9MM carbine that took glock mags with a folding stock.

    • DW


      • Well, with Keltec the gun folds, rather than just the stock. If they made something like the CMR-30 that took Glock Mags I would be very happy.

        • DW

          or a SU-16 in 9mm ? C model also has folding stock (and you can still fold the gun)

          • aguywhoknows

            Maybe someone who actually makes guns and not just badly made prototypes?

          • DW

            SU-16 has always been around and is decently reliable.

          • Something more like the Berretta Storm, but with a folding stock. The Storm is 30″ long, so folded it would likely be in the 21-22″ range.

    • Mazryonh

      Try the Mechtech Carbine Conversion Unit. It takes the “lower” off a handgun and attaches an upper with a 16-inch long barrel. Since the magazine still loads from the grip, you get a smaller overall length than carbines that load ahead of the trigger, and you can get a fully-telescoping stock for the CCU as well.

  • DIR911911 .

    haha almost as much as one of their 45’s

  • Budogunner

    I’m waiting on a 9mm AR upper that allows use of a folding stock. Until then, I can build my own cheaper. MUCH cheaper in this case.

  • TangledThorns

    I might as well buy a KRISS for that money.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Or a real gun 😉

  • spike1984

    The Wilson AR-9mm is based on the late-Cold-War-era (1981-to-1993) Colt 9mm sub-machine gun which replaces the gas-impingement system with the blow-back system as used in classic designs like the Sterling.