New Wilson Combat Sentinel XL Sub-Compact

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Wilson Combat is bringing out a new offering that will please concealed carriers with deep pockets. The new Wilson Combat Sentinel XL is a 4″ barreled 1911 with a shortened grip that helps with concealment. After all, the grip is the most difficult part of the gun to conceal, the 1/2″ shorter height should do wonders for those that want a 1911 that melts into their clothing.

1911 aficionados that spend their time in the bathroom reading over Wilson Combat brochures will be pleased to see that even though the new pistol is geared towards concealed carriers the gunsmiths still work every bit of magic that you might expect out of Wilson. Some of the stand out features are round butt frame, ultra-thin G10 grips and the Hi Power style carry cuts found on the end of the slide.

The impressive list of features below comes from one of the cheapest Sentinels listed:

  • Sentinel® Size Aluminum Frame, ½” Shorter than Compact
  • Weights 14% less Than a Comparable Steel Model
  • 30 LPI High Cut Checkered Frontstrap
  • Round Butt Frame
  • Concealment Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Saftey and Hammer
  • Tactical Bullet Proof® Thumb Saftey
  • 3 ½# – 4 ½# Crisp Trigger Pull with Medium Length Pad
  • Contoured Magazine Well
  • Bullet Proof® Shortened/Rounded Magazine Release
  • Wilson Combat Black Ultra-Thin Grips with Pewter Medallions
  • Torx Head Grips Screws
  • Countersunk Slide Stop
  • 4″ Carbon Steel Slide
  • Heavy Machine Chamfer on Bottom of Slide
  • Battlesight with Fiber Optic Front Sight
  • 4″ Stainless Match Grade Barrel, Flush Cut Reverse Crown
  • Fluted Chamber
  • Fluted Barrel
  • 30 LPI Slide Top Serrations
  • 40 LPI Serrated Rear of Slide
  • Carry Cuts/Ball Endmill Cuts

On top of the laundry list of features that come standard, shooters will be able to choose between 9mm, .38 Super and .45 ACP when ordering. The inclusion of .38 super is a bit curious, it isn’t one that I normally associate with concealed carry.

The Sentinel XL is already available for purchase on the Wilson Combat website with prices ranging from $3800 to $3995.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • RedMcCloud

    The fact that people buy their guns and keep them in business is absolute blasphemy. Anyone with half a brain and some worry about their wallet would NOT drop almost 4k on a gun designed in 1911 that has been in production since then. I don’t care if it’s hand fitted and has super tight tolerances, the 1911 was meant to be loose and work reliably, not cost close to a small fortune. This is price gouging at its finest.

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      I am not sure you understand the concept of price gouging. If they are putting in the labor and craftsmanship to justify the price, it is priced like a semi-custom good should be.

    • Jesse

      Some people don’t have to worry about their wallet and happen to like nice things.

      Please share more of your expertise on how a 1911 should fit and work since you’re clearly the penultimate expert on its history.

      I’m just here for the comments. I like watching people froth at the mouth because a company that’s never been sold or bankrupt “charges too much” for their guns.

      • Bill

        I’m guessing they’d never buy a Ferrari or Lamborghini given the opportunity.

        Wilson never sits on excess inventory for a lack of buyers.

      • Phil Hsueh

        If Red is the penultimate expert then who is the ultimate 1911 expert?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Its not price gouging really.
      Its not like a hurricane just hit and Wilson upped the price on bottled water or something.
      Its simply way more than your average guy can afford. Every product has a price range that pisses people off. Houses, cars, computers, etc.

    • Steve

      Careful you might fall off your soap box.

      • RedMcCloud

        “Man makes comment, user outraged enough to make a MEME.”

        Good god, I might as well kick your matching soapbox as I fall as well!

        • Gus Butts

          Says an outraged person who made a comment complaining about the price point of a company’s products on a blog that shares news.

          People like nice things and are willing to pay for it. If I want a basic $300 loose 1911 with no features, I’ll get a basic $300 loose 1911 with no features. There are literally hundreds of different 1911s on the market at different price points and different quality levels. Why do you think this is blasphemy?

    • RSG

      To be considered price gouging, the consumer would literally have no other options and be at the mercy of the vendor and their prices. That’s not the case here. It is a luxury. Some folks can afford it. Most can’t. I’m in your category, but I’m not complaining.

    • T Rex

      RSG is right, it’s not price gouging unless Wilson has a monopoly on the 1911 market, it’s prestigious pricing that appeals to either rich folks with more money than good sense, or folks in debt up to their eyeballs who insist on nothing but the best while whistling down the trail to financial ruin.

  • Black Dots

    God, Wilson’s guns look sexy as hell, but I can’t imagine spending nearly $4K on a pistol. Along with Harleys, Porsches, and girls named Candy, Wilsons seem like a mid-life crisis purchase. Anyone here have one? Are they as awesome as they seem?

    • Iggy

      Like girls named Candy, it all depends on your appreciation of a round butt frame.

    • Rusty S.

      Yes and yes.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      I would gladly step into the income bracket that allowed me to blow 4K on a .45 to show off at BBQ’s.

      • Steve

        or Fantasia, Cinnamon or Avalon.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Who you met at a place called Rumours or Deja’Vu.

          • iksnilol

            Deja vu
            I’ve just been in this place before
            Higher on the street
            And I know it’s my time to go

            😉

      • Anonymoose

        I used to know a girl named Candi Luvins. That was her honest-to-God legal birthname.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          You lucky bastard.

        • Black Dots

          My WTF?!?! real life name moment was with Anita Guy.

        • Juanito Ibañez

          And never forget porn star Candy Samples and her 48DD-24-36 measurements. 🙂

      • Xtorin O’hern

        speaking of odd names, i actually know someone named Sundae Knight

      • iksnilol

        Don’t forget the “heart medicine” in powder form.

  • Ambassador Vader

    I’m just here to see the price complaint comments.

    • codfilet

      Gun forum commenters are the cheapest people in the world.

      • Martin M

        We’re here because we are broke and not out shooting.

        • Black Dots

          Truer words have never spoken.

        • 375Holland&Holland

          SAC, Peace is our profession.

      • Klaus Von Schmitto

        Not even close. You should listen to the old farts in the amateur radio crowd. “3000 dollars for a radio? In my day you could buy a house for that!!!”

    • iksnilol

      To be fair, if it isn’t overpriced it ain’t a Wilson. Or have we forgotten that they try to sell 870s for 1500?

    • Juanito Ibañez

      “I’m just here to see the price complaint comments.”

      OK; here’s mine:

      ‘…prices ranging from $3800 to $3995.’

      OUCH!!! :-O

      😉

  • Some countries do not permit ordinary citizens to own firearms chambered for current military cartridges. The .38 Super option may be for export purposes. But, it could just be for Americans that like .38 Super.

    • Jared Vynn

      38 super was a popular competition round as you could make major, now you need at least a .40 caliber to make major.

    • T Rex

      Anyone who could afford 4 grand for one pistol won’t mind that 38 Super ammo might be twice as expensive or higher than 9mm or 45ACP.

      • Klaus Von Schmitto

        It’s not that bad if you reload.

  • Steve

    The market appears to disagree with your opinion. Dont get me wrong, I cant afford one, but that doesnt mean they arent worth the $.

    • Hoplopfheil

      For the same reason the HS2000 sells a lot better when you add the Springfield Armory name (and $200 to the MSRP)?

      Also they may just not make a ton of them because they know demand for a $4k pistol isn’t that high.

    • Black Dots

      I assume because each one takes a long time to make and they have only a few employees? I would be curious to know what their sales are like. Mostly because I’m nosy.

  • Vitsaus

    Fluted barrel! Damn Wilson, will the wonders never cease?

  • Hoplopfheil

    They have serious stones to ever call anything they make “new.”

    Oh you slightly modified a dimension by a few microns, or changed the color of a part! So innovative! It’s virtually unrecognizable as the 100 year old 1911!

    Also, obligatory comment about how I would be much happier with the equivalent cost worth of Ruger P90s (ten pistols, in this case).

    • iksnilol

      think of how many Hi-points you could get for that.

      No need for spare mags, just whip out a new one. Like, have a suit of Hi-points.

  • Anonymoose

    I’d take .38 Super over 9×19 any day. Same capacity but more power, and if you want cheap plinking ammo just drop in a 9mm barrel.

    • Jared Vynn

      For the price why not a 357 Magnum? Actually you would pay less for a Coonan.

      • Anonymoose

        That’s if I didn’t just get a .38 Super CCO from pretty much any other maker…

  • RickH

    I really want to know how many of their $3000 to $4000 pistols that Wilson actually sells.

  • 375Holland&Holland

    Love the pistol. But i can buy two more Les Baer’s for the $$$

  • Old Vet

    I just come to look at the “art work”.

  • Black Dots

    Thanks, brother.