Wilson Combat Ultralight Carry Commander

Ultralight Carry Commander

Wilson Combat is known for making high end 1911 pistols and other firearms. The latest from the company is the new Ultralight Carry Commander.

Called the Ultralight because of its aluminum frame, the gun weighs in at less than 29 ounces unloaded which isn’t bad at all – especially for a 1911 style handgun. These guns come with a 4.25″ match barrel with a flush cut, reverse crown.

Two calibers are offered: .45 ACP and 9mm. Features on these guns include:

  • rounded butt
  • checkered front strap, slide top serrations and serrations on the rear of the slide
  • Bullet Proof grip safety, thumb safety and magazine release button
  • front fiber optic sight, Battlesight rear
  • 3.5 – 4.5 pound trigger pull
  • G10 starburst grips with pewter Wilson Combat medallions
  • countersunk slide stop
  • an accuracy guarantee of 1.5″ at 25 yards with good ammo

Pricing on these pistols is not for the faint of heart, however. The .45 ACP version has a base price of $3,825 while the 9mm starts at $3,935. Getting matching leather will not be inexpensive either unless you plan on running a $4k gun in something from Uncle Mikes or a random kitchen Kydex holster maker. Mitch Rosen would seem to be a better fit. Of course, Wilson Combat also offers its own leather carry rigs on the site.

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/.


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Right in the middle of backyard BBQ season.

    Thats some good marketing.

  • capybara

    Hmm…$4k defense gun that if used in a DGU, you have about a 10% of ever getting back from the evidence locker, at least in the Commie state I live in. A little rich for my blood although it is a work of art. I’ll stick with my Shiel. If it is ever used in a DGU, if I lose it, no biggie, $400.00 and buy another.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      If your in a situation where you have to use your gun then you have bigger problems then the loss of a $4000.00 gun. If it’s a good shoot and the family only takes you to civil court then $4000.00 will seem like pocket change.

      • Marcus D.

        My Kimber Pro Carry with an aluminum frame, 4″ barrel, and weighing in at 27 oz empty, will do the exact same thing as this real purdy Wilson pistol, but it only cost $700 when I bought it some years ago–and still does when I last saw one in the shop a month ago. If someone takes me to court, I have insurance.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          It’s all what you feel comfortable with.

      • Budogunner

        True, but the other $3600 could pay for a good duration of self defense insurance to cover potential legal fees.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          For 36 years at today’s rates.

          • Budogunner

            Would you be comfortable listing the company or companies that offer that rate? I’d like to check into their coverage options to add to my list for new folks to look into.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I was quoteing CCW Safe. They are $129 now though. I guess $99 was their introductory price.

            What have you been suggesting as I assume you teach CCW? I need to get it and haven’t.

          • Budogunner

            The nra endorses a specific program that is more expensive, and has different packages. The most expensive one is $600 per year but has the highest cap on legal fees covered, etc.

            I’ll have to check out this company to see how they compare, thanks for posting.

      • nova3930

        I’d say if you have the $ for a $4000 gun, you’ve probably got the $ to replace it :p

        • Harry’s Holsters

          My buddy is about to graduate and already has a job lined up. He’s using his signing bonus to pay down college debt and buy a Les Baer 1911. This will be his 4th gun and his other are a henry golden boy 22, 870 express, and a yet to be named $500ish CCW. He’s decided with knives and guns quality all the way now he’s paying for his own stuff. So not always true! haha But in 98% of cases I’d say you’re correct.

          • nova3930

            I hear ya. It’s kinda like full auto. There’s a few FA guns on the market I could afford but I couldn’t afford to feed the suckers after I bought em so no dice lol

    • Swarf

      stick with my Shiel.

      Still looking for the D?

    • Budogunner

      I clicked in for a hilarious price tag. Was not disappointed.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Wilson Cumbath

  • Hoplopfheil

    Man you could buy a LOT of Ruger P90s for that money.

    • yep then you’d be stuck with a bunch of Ruger P90’s that you then might be able to sell for 70¢ on the dollar. You buy a Wilson or Ed Brown or Nighthawk or any other custom 1911, and you will get 95¢ on the dollar if you ever decided to sell.

      Would you rather eat 100 crappy cookies or 10 good ones?

      • Hoplopfheil

        Why would I ever sell a Ruger P90?

        Also, 100 cookies could keep me fed for a whole day, but 10 cookies is barely a dessert.

        • Interesting outlook on life. I’d rather have a few nice things, then a bunch crap/stuff.

          • Hoplopfheil

            I’m not saying you would, it’s just useful to put the price in perspective.

  • Avid Fan

    This is actually just a test comment. Nice gun though…

  • Riot

    I’d lose more weight from my wallet by buying this.

  • All given guns are so beautiful and looks amazing. I am also a manufacturer/designer of best shotgun choke tubes in the United States. As a master shooter(sporting clays/FITSC) and an aerospace manufacturing professional.

  • USMC03Vet

    I always click these Wilson Combat posts on TFB just to laugh at the price and in this case I almost busted my gut.

    • Most people don’t know why the guns like Wilson and Carolina Arms group cost as much as they do. First these companies are smaller than say a Ruger so turning out fewer pistols each year that increases prices. They also use the best materials and you won’t see any MIM parts but wire cut EDM parts. While there can be some fitting of parts on some regular production guns those doing that work are generally not of the same caliber of training and experience. A Wilson gunsmith is qualified to do just about any gunsmithing needed and they spend a LOT of time hand fitting internal parts, slide to frame fit etc. In other words they put a lot of hours into each pistol while a production gun can be assembled in a short time. There is really more to it than that but that’s the simple version. It’s the old you get what you pay for:-)

      • USMC03Vet

        It could be made from the finest imported space diamonds and hand crafted by master Jedi. Still is hilariously overpriced and I’m not buying it.

  • datimes

    When ever expensive firearms are featured there is a dedicated group that decries the lack of value and making comparisons to lesser priced similar guns. In May of this year I pulled the trigger and bought a Wilson AR9 SBR. When I called to place the order I was told there was a 4 month backlog. I got a $200 discount for retired police that will pay the Feds tax. My SOT got it yesterday and it’s a beauty.

  • Old Vet

    I knew a guy that purchased two Wilson’s for about $5500, but sadly the wife sold them when he ran afoul of the law. I don’t think she got anything close to that. He offered to let me shoot them at the range one day and I begged off, regret that decision now. I hear he is to be released from prison this year.

  • Jamestroy

    While the Beretta Wilson Combat model is a fantastic gun, $4,000? Clearly not targeted for the common man with that kind of tag. I thought my Sig Sauer P266 Legion was expensive at $1,200, but this is mindbogglingly ludicrous. Clearly a toy for those with wealth, or have money to waste

    • Big Daddy T

      You’re complaining because the deuce coupe isn’t as cheep as your volkswagen? One is a hand built piece of art and the other comes off an assembly line. Both will get you where you need to go, but one does it in style. YMMV.

    • The Beretta Wilson pistol is $1100 not $4000.

      • Jamestroy

        I’m sorry, the “Wilson Combat Ultralight Carry Commander” is described in this article as pricing on these pistols is not for the faint of heart, however. The .45 ACP version has a base price of $3,825 while the 9mm starts at $3,935

  • David

    Arguably the top of the line firearm, but terribly unrealistic for even above average wage earners. A Glock will get the job done, and done quite sufficiently at only a fraction of the cost. A dream gun? Definitely! But it will have to remain just that for us … a dream gun. ~ Pastor Dave, The Patriot’s Pastor