Wilson Combat Sentinel Professional

Wilson Combat Sentinel Professional

The Sentinel Professional is the latest 1911 style handgun introduced by Wilson Combat. The new pistol has a shortened slide with a full length grip, and it is available only in 9mm and .38 Super.

These pistols are built on a carbon steel frame that has a rounded butt. It is matched to a 3.6″ carbon steel slide. The fluted barrel is cut flush with the end of the frame. The barrel is considered match grade with a reverse crown and fluted chamber.

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Wilson Combat equips this pistol with a fiber optic front sight and a Battlesight rear. The slide stop is countersunk, and the front strap has 30 LPI high cut checkering. Wilson Combat uses the Tactical Bullet Proof thumb safety and magazine release on the Sentinel Professional pistol.

Wilson Combat uses its own black cherry slant grip panels. The grips have a pewter medallion in the center of each and are affixed to the frame with Torx head screws. The trigger pull is set to 3.5 – 3.75 pounds at the factory.

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The Wilson Combat Sentinel Professional has a base price of $3,750. The gun is not cheap, but the company has an excellent reputation for turning out top notch firearms. The gun’s value – like its beauty – is in the eye of the beholder.

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In recent weeks, the company announced a new CQB shotgun and 9mm carbine.



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/.


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  • Anonymoose

    That fluting and crown looks sweet, but I’d rather have a compact grip on a CCW gun, or perhaps a bobtail.

    On a semi-related note, other than plinking, I see very little utility in 9mm 1911s. The grip is always going to be longer front-to-back unless it’s an EMP, so you might as well go with .38 Super, which will give you the same capacity but increased performance over 9×19.

    • thedonn007

      Ammunition availability and commonality with your other 9mm firearms. I have always wanted a 1911, but I do not have any other .45 caliber pistol, so I purchased a used 9mm 1911. To your point however, I likely would not choose a 9mm 1911 for CCW use.

      • Just my .02

        And the reverse is also true. I never had much use for 9mm, so I concentrated my energy on acquiring .45ACP pistols. Bigger holes are better.

    • NDS

      They’ve made the Bill Wilson carry forever, which is exactly that – compact slide with bobtail. Not sure how I feel with the full length frame and short slide, it does give better capacity I guess.

      As far as 9mm 1911’s go, I won ESP division on Saturday with one. A 5″ steel frame in 9mm is truly smooth shooting, but for carry I roll a Glock 19.

  • Suppressed

    I don’t know anything about 1911’s, but is this price even justifiable? I’m open to the idea that it is, I just don’t understand and that could very well be because I don’t know everything that goes into building this gun. It’s a genuine question, so please spare the free market and “you don’t have have to buy it if you don’t like it” speech.

    • Drew

      well is the price difference between a rolex and a casio justifiable? they both tell time. Is the price point between a corolla and a e-class justifiable? They both get you to point B from point A.

      Quality, features, and of course free market play a factor into the price. Why bother disregarding half of the reason when asking? Doesn’t make much sense. Obviously if you feel that way, you are not the target market for this 1911. Is it actually worth that much? Maybe, but probably not; that is the price they set. And i am sure people will buy it. Clearly not you though.

      Some of you need to just get over the price of higher end firearms…

      • Suppressed

        You just basically covered what I asked you to spare and didn’t provide me any useful info. Why disregard the main portion of my question when crafting a smarmy response?

        As I stated, it was a genuine question. I was looking for something like “that fluted barrel costs $XXX more dollars than a standard one and then has to be hand-fitted by skilled craftsmen at an estimated cost of $XXX as opposed to the barrels used by manufactures ABC, HIJ, QRS, and XYZ which typically cost $XXX”. Again, I know little about 1911’s and was requesting information to enable my comprehension.

      • me

        It was a simple question. Not a complaint about the price.

      • iksnilol

        I always found Rolex overpriced. For the money you get better performance from Seiko.

        • Just my .02

          But a Seiko’s not a Rolex. That’s important to some people. And that’s the reason the “worth” and “overpriced” arguments are pointless.

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, I appreciate Seikos more what with making a fine watch for the sake of making a fine watch.

            I associate Rolexes with people who don’t know much about watches but want to burn some cash and brag. There are some anomalies such as people who inherit them and whatnot. But most I’ve met are the rich equivalent of frat bros.

      • Just my .02

        You’re precisely correct. It’s not just guns; as you note, the same question applies across the board. It’s pointless to question “worth”, since how an item is valued depends on the individual. Obviously, a market exists for high-end products; if it didn’t, those items wouldn’t be produced.

        But one thing is certain: people who don’t have the means to acquire an item will invariably come forward and try to rationalize it by assertions that the item isn’t “worth” the price, or some other baseless claim. It’s a manifestation of class envy, and the resentment is obvious.

    • john huscio

      You could buy a scar and a half for that.

      • Bill

        Which doesn’t take nearly the skill and effort to make.

    • NDS

      I’m a fairly competent professional gunsmith and yet I personally own a Wilson CQB in 9mm. I have done a ton of 1911 work over the years, and can take an off the shelf Kimber, replace internals, and it will shoot similar to the higher-end guns like Wilson, Nighthawk, whatever. These semi-custom manufacturers start with a raw frame and slide and hand fit EVERYTHING, it’s a ton of just raw labor and these skilled man hours are not cheap. Most of the skilled work involves using a file, and any mistake means ruining a potentially expensive part.

      Now there are truly custom manufacturers out there, I know of an old Army armorer that machines everything from raw stock… her work is well into five figures for a 1911.

      • Suppressed

        Thank you, I appreciate the explanation.

      • me

        Did he not make clear that he was looking for a justifiable explanation of what makes a higher end 1911 cost more and not snarky ass comments?

        Edit. Sorry that was for drew.

        NDS your reply was very helpful and informative.

        • NDS

          Is this in response to my comment? I said nothing snarky, and did in fact explain why these pistols cost more – large amounts of skilled man hours.

          • me

            No. I edited my previous comment.

          • NDS

            Thanks! I was confused haha, I went back and re-read my comment even.

      • nova3930

        Just knowing the skill and attention to detail that goes into making Wilsons, Ed Browns, Nighthawks, etc, I wish my wallet was way bigger so I could have 1 or 10. Same thing with a Holland & Holland. With a lot of items, you just can’t get the level of hand built exceptionalism of years past that thankfully you still can in some firearms.

        • NDS

          My Wilson was a huge investment for me but I don’t regret it. I actually nearly broke even in the long run as I have since sold a few 1911’s that I had made and never shot anymore. I don’t even shoot it THAT much, just once a month for IDPA and occasional practice.

          You talk about H&H, I have a friend who is into bespoke field shotguns, good lord I’ve even never owned a car worth as much as some of those things. Just engraving alone can blow up 100 labor hours like nothing.

          • nova3930

            Make no mistake, I WILL have a WC someday. Probably happen when I no longer have 2 kids in daycare and the decent mortgage payment that represents lol. Right now I’ll have to make do with nicer production guns, like my recently acquired Dan Wesson Valor.
            My wife’s uncle was a park ranger in Africa somewhere in the late 70s. For his work there he acquired 2, yes 2, H&H double rifles that are quite simply fantastic pieces of functional artwork. Holding them in hand you can tell the effort that went into making them near perfect. One is chambered in 375H&H and one is chambered in 500Nitro. IIRC he said he bought them used, with the 375 being $6k and the 500 Nitro being $8k, in 1978, roughly equivalent to $51k today…..

        • Old Vet

          I went to an International Skeet Shooting affair a few years ago with a friend. We toured the Perazzi booth. OMG, there was trio of shotguns that started at $250k and went to $500K. I almost fainted when the guy reached in and handed me one. I was so intimidated by the price that I must have looked like a 7 year old schoolboy. He jokingly said “don’t worry, we let everyone look”.

    • disqus_q3hlHQsD1B

      In general, 1911’s are more expensive and labor intensive to produce than modern handguns.
      Aside from the grips, parts are not modular. Most need to be hand fitted to ensure the proper tolerances are met on each specific firearm.

      One thing I learned/witnessed in a 1911 armorers course, is that name brand and high price tags don’t always equate to quality.

      IMO this particular 1911 by Wilson Combat seems priced rather high for what it is. I’m pretty sure you can get a fully custom, hand built 1911 from a nationally recognized gunsmith for less.

      However, I’m just a hobbyist. I’m sure there are some guys on this post who think a offer like that from Wilson Combat meets their needs.

  • RickH

    I heard that the army is considering adopting this.

    • CommonSense23

      Please be sarcasm.

      • Just my .02

        Please be proper forms of words.

  • Budogunner

    An open letter to Wilson Combat.

    Dear Sirs,

    If you are going to charge what you do for your product, please take five minutes to Google “fluted chamber” so you stop embarrassing yourselves.

    Thank you.

  • DwnRange

    For that kind of money and all the “hand-fitting” which goes into it, shouldn’t the magazine fit flush with the frame?

    • NDS

      They make flush-fit steel basepad mags, which in 9mm are absolutely impossible to seat when loaded to capacity. Not just for Wilson, pretty much every 9mm 1911 I’ve seen.

      • DwnRange

        That don’t sound right, “absolutely impossible to seat” – what good would that be, are you sure about that…….. I only have 1 – 9mm 1911, a New Agent, but have a few Super 38s and they “all” fit flush, Colts and Kimber alike, newer and older models.

  • Old Vet

    I had a shooting acquaintance that owned a couple of Wilson’s. The price tag several years ago was right at $5500/pair. He offered to let me shoot them but I was honestly afraid to even pick them up for fear of dropping them in my awe. They put my Kimbers t shame. He since ran in to some trouble with the law and lost everything and the wife sold them off a huge loss. Even then I couldn’t afford even one of them.

    • iksnilol

      You had a drug kingpin friend?

      Man, the parties must have been fun.

  • Ullan

    The best 1911 pistols are those made by swedish virgin girls of 16 years old, who burnish the pistol with their golden hair, specifically grown long their entire life for said purpose.

  • Chuck McKinney

    ANOTHER $4000 1911 that isn’t much [if any] better than a $1500 TRP or similar priced, popular production models, which [if even needed] can be “tuned” to perfection for an extra $150.

    If you want to pay THOUSANDS more for a few cosmetic features and the “name” go ahead and do that; I’ll save my money for other things…..