Wilson Combat AR9 9mm Carbine

There has been an increase in interest in pistol caliber carbines, and in response manufacturers are coming out with new options for shooters. New from Wilson Combat is the AR9, a pistol caliber carbine designed by the company to be versatile and reliable. According to Wilson Combat this is not just another converted AR-15, it’s a carefully constructed carbine designed to perform in a class all its own.

From Wilson Combat:

“The Wilson Combat AR9 closed-bolt blowback operating system is soft shooting and reliable with a wide variety of 9mm loads and exhibits flawless feeding with all common pistol bullet shapes, including hollowpoint and +P tactical ammunition. The AR9 bolt hold open ensures reliable lockback on empty with your pistol’s factory magazines. The AR9 proprietary bolt carrier group with heavy duty claw extractor and plunger ejector is tuned for exceptional reliability.

These new billet machined aluminum receiver models also accept standard AR accessories like furniture, triggers, charging handles, buttstocks and optics, and incorporate an integral trigger guard and flared magwell for fast reloading. [This] series of carbines has multiple unique patent-pending features that make it unique to the 9mm carbine market.

The AR9 is also an optimized suppressor host with minimal gas blowback and enhanced accuracy over other designs. Wilson Combat carbon steel match-grade button-rifled 1-10″ twist 9mm barrels ensure that the AR9 meets our stringent quality and accuracy requirements.”

There are three options available for magazine compatibility: Glock 17, Smith and Wesson M&P or Beretta 92. Multiple configurations are available as well including pistol, carbine, or short-barreled rifle. Keep in mind that NFA rules will apply. Barrels come as fluted or non-fluted in various lengths with different Wilson Combat muzzle devices. Basically you have a slew of options when it comes to the AR9 you buy.

Bill Wilson, the president of Wilson Combat, had this to say about their new pistol caliber carbine: “We have extensively tested the AR9 and it has exceeded my expectations for reliability and accuracy. When the AR9 is mated with a quality red dot sight and weapon light it is an exceptional training and home defense firearm for shooters of all skill levels.”

MSRP varies with the base price starting at $1995 for non-fluted variants and $2095 for fluted. Take a look on the company’s website at http://wilsoncombat.com/new/rifle-ar9-carbine.asp

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  • thedonn007

    I hope it comes with the red dot and mount for that asking price. I am surprised that it is not a side charging upper. What are the patent pending features?

    • jng1226

      No kidding on the price, it better also include your choice of drop-in aftermarket trigger (with royalty fee paid to Mossberg, of course – HA!). I would bet the “reliable lockback on empty with your pistol’s factory magazines” is one of the patent-pending features, as no other 9mm AR carbine does that IFAK.

      • PK

        One does, the New Frontier Armory C9 upper. They’re the ones with a patent pending on it, as well. Problem is, they’re struggling to keep up with demand but for good reason – it actually works. I’ve been quite pleased and I hope the idea is granted a patent.

  • Budogunner

    Wilson Combat math strikes again…

  • datimes

    From their web site: 10% off retail price to all current active & fully retired US Military and Law Enforcement on all products.

    • USMC03Vet

      Translation: We want to appear service friendly, but won’t actually back it up with a policy that would actually dent our revenue.

      A lot of business do this show support.

  • Schnee

    Can someone other than SIG make a gas operated 9mm upper PLEASE? Make it compatible with Colt lowers or Glock mag lowers, I don’t care. Pretty please? I think if someone did this and priced the uppers at around $650 or $750, they’d sell a bunch.

    • thedonn007

      Why in thw world do you want a gas operated 9mm AR upper?

      • Denis

        There are plus and minuses to blow back and gas operation, blow back is simpler, and more reliable than most gas operated 9mm guns, you have a wide range of loadings which makes gas systems less reliable, the down side with a blowback you have a much heavier bolt that can after use especially if used with an incorrect buffer can cause excessive wear on the gun. sigs success is with its self adjusting gas system all of this complexity brings cost to sigs platform.

      • Schnee

        Heavy bolt, heavy springs, and most important, residual “bark” from the ejection port that makes suppression a less effective. Blowback opens up when theres a lot of residual pressure in the barrel/chamber. It can be tuned with springs and weights, but that’s lipstick on a pig.

        Many people have a registered SBR lower, and it sure would be nice to run a short barreled 9mm upper (optimal length for 9mm in this application is 5-7 inches) that is as quiet as possible. Best alternatives for delayed opening right now are the MP5 platform (spendy and it’s a dedicated 9mm platform) or the MPX (spending and you have to register another lower for the SBR). I spent a few minutes with a friend at the local gun store trying to figure out if we could get an MPX upper on a 9mm Colt AR lower. It’s close enough that you start imagining milling cuts to make it work, but it’s probably out of reach for anyone but a truly talented nut-job. Someone needs to make one now that SIG has demonstrated proof of concept.

      • Budogunner

        Only reason is be interested is if I could have a folding stock as a result. I think that is a fairly common view.

        • thedonn007

          You can have a folding stock with a blowback design as well.

          • Budogunner

            I’m not aware of a 9mm upper that works with a standard AR-15 lower that will function with a stock folded.

      • jerry young

        if you have to ask a person why they want a gun in any configuration you are incapable of understanding why!

    • Organgrinder

      I’d prefer a Pedersen locking mechanism type upper paired with a magwell adapter.

      • Schnee

        That’s a cool idea. Really cool idea. I suppose all the bits would fit right in the existing BCG space. You might even get away with no buffer tube.

        • Organgrinder

          Looking at a .22lr conversion “carrier” and considering how small the diameter is of some 45acp main springs, yeah, it could likely be done as a drop-in w/a barrel swap.

  • USMC03Vet

    Wilson rifle for under $3k? I’m actually impressed.

  • They sent out a new press release on it——

  • Mutenri

    Please can we have one that will take Cz mags

  • datimes

    Currently there is a 4 month build time. Despite the complaints of price sales are brisk.

  • greasyjohn

    Is there such a thing as too much too late? I’d wager a lot of people just want the old Ruger or Marlin carbines. It’s still good, but Thureon defense has already done something similar.

  • iksnilol

    Let’s be honest: We just clicked to see the price.

    • Quasimofo

      Yup. Had a rough day and I needed a good laugh.

  • TangledThorns

    No thanks. I’m getting a KRISS Vector 9mm SBR instead.