Wilson Combat X-Tac Elite Pistol

Wilson Combat

The 1911 wizards at Wilson Combat have come up with another handgun for your consideration. Called the X-Tac Elite, the new pistols are available in full and compact sizes and any of three different calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm and .38 Super.

The most obvious thing about this gun is the use of the company’s X-Tac pattern. The pattern is used to replace the typical checkering and serrations on the frame, slide and grip panels. According to Wilson Combat, the tire tread-like pattern is designed to offer a great grip in any conditions – with both wet and dry hands – without using sharp spikes, polymids or other aggressive textures that can be damaging to clothes and uncomfortable to hold.

Both the slide and frame are made of carbon steel. The grips are made of G10 laminate. Typical to these guns are a Bullet Proof magazine well, Bullet Proof thumb safety, Bullet Proof magazine release button, match-grade stainless steel barrel with a reverse flush cut and a read Battlesight with a matching fiber optic front sight.

The base price of these guns is $3,760.

Wilson Combat makes a range of firearms, but its bread and butter is the 1911 platform. In recent months the company introduced several new guns based on the old design including the Ultralight Carry Commander and the Ultralight Carry Professional.

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/.


  • Drew Coleman

    Bull barrel in 9mm? I’d be all over that if I was made of money…

    • There are other makers that have a bull barrel in 9mm, not just Wilson. And most of them are far less expensive.

      • Gary Kirk

        There are other makers that have just about anything you could want, and you could get 2 for what Wilson is asking for this

    • Giolli Joker

      Look at Tanfoglio Limited Custom or Stock II if you like bull barrels. 😉

  • Skipp

    Just get a Dan Wesson Valkyrie for half the price….

  • Vitsaus

    Wow, the game changer factory keeps putting them out. Can’t wait until they really break the mold with a 4,000 1911 that has some other pattern of checkering on the slide, maybe small happy faces or something. Maybe a George Washington face engraved on the front strap.. though that would probably be more like 5,000 bucks, but hey, quality and innovation have a price.

    • Lee Attiny

      I’d pay $6000 for happy face slide checkering.

      • Gary Kirk

        I’ll take that chance.. Let me ask my buddy if I can use his c&c real quick

    • K-Gunner

      I have thought that their goal is to break the $4000 mark soon. Why? Because they think they can get away with it. I don’t know if they create these unobtainable halo pistols just to create the allure and mystique of the brand so they can sell magazines and parts to the masses who want a little piece of the mighty WC or they really think that they’re going to sell a whole bunch of stupidly expensive 1911s.

  • Gregory

    Wilson Combat has priced themselves out of the market for us normal people. At $3,760.00 as a base price, you can have it. I would buy another Dan Wesson, or two or even three.

    • For that price, I can buy a a tricked out STI racegun.

      • Major Tom

        I could outfit a small squad with shotguns or surplus cheap rifles for that price.

        • iksnilol


          IV DAMKE!

    • Sean

      Or a decent used car

  • Richard

    They should add guns that have an accessory rail that extends to the muzzle

  • I can totally understand the appeal of a hand-fitted premium sidearm at a premium price. That being said, perhaps it’s time to apply that level of craftsmanship to other platforms.

    • jng1226

      Have you Zev’s or Agency Arms? Same concept IMHO, and just as ridiculous. I grew up on 1911’s and competed extensively with them when they were the only thing serious shooters used. Still love them, but my Sig Scorpion has all the performance and functionality I need. Wilson’s and Nighthawks are for older rich guys who have the Corvettes and Hellcats to also stroke their egos. The Zev’s and Agency Arms’ Glock and M&P abominations are for the younger tech millionaires who grew up playing Call of Duty.

  • Lee Attiny

    You people act like you’re appalled by the price tag but you fail to realize that’s kind of the point. Yes, Wilson Combat makes high quality 1911’s but theyre priced the way they are because its a status symbol just like a Ferrari or a Bentley.

    • Giolli Joker

      I have no doubt that there’s quality here in a Wilson Combat handgun, however, unlike a Ferrari compared to a Camry, its performance and technical specs don’t make it stand out from a much cheaper 1911.
      This being said, to each his own. Nobody is forcing me to buy a Wilson Combat nor it’s likely to become the next service handgun of police/military, so I should not really care about its price

    • iksnilol

      I don’t really consider a Wilson a status symbol. My Skoda is a greater status symbol than any Wilson pistol.

    • guest

      Yeah, symbol… symbol of a short appendage between the legs and a big pocketbook.

  • Hoplopfheil


  • iksnilol


    For when you need to blow the rest of the budget so that it won’t get cut next year but you’ve already bought several sports cars.

  • RickH

    Half of that price MUST be in that fancy checkering………

  • guest

    Only in America can a re-re-re-rehash of either 1911’s or AR-15’s be presented as a “new” gun over and over again, and over and over again sell well.
    But then again, if it sells it’s good by the very definition of the sales taking place. So not “quality over quantity” but “marketing over anything else”.
    Completely retarded from one POV, ingenious from another.

  • JoshCalle

    Everybody here complaining about H the price, a burlap sack with some duct tape does the same job as a Louis Vuitton bag but which one are you going to buy for your girl?