New Wilson Combat X-TAC Elite Carry Comp

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Looking back over posts we have made about Wilson Combat introducing new products it sure seems that they are bringing new things out faster than they can sell them! Truth of the matter is that they are probably selling everything they make and hardly able to keep up with demand. After all, that is the nature of the gun industry right now.

Wilson Combat has added a new model that is more like a variation of an existing model, the X-TAC Carry Comp. The new variation of the X-TAC features a new single chamber compensator on the end of the already superb X-TAC that Richard covered at length, you can read about it HERE. The Carry Comp version is going to be available in 9mm and .45 ACP. The list of features on the base model is as follows:

  • Compact Size Carbon Steel Frame
  • Unique X-TAC Frontstrap/Mainspring Housing Treatment
  • Bullet Proof® Round Butt Magazine Well
  • Concealment Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Safety
  • 3 ½# – 4 ½# Crisp Trigger Pull
  • Bullet Proof® Magazine Release
  • Black G10 Slant Pattern Grips with Pewter Medallions
  • Torx Head Grip Screws
  • Countersunk Slide Stop
  • 4″ Carbon Steel Slide
  • Unique X-TAC Rear Cocking Serrataion Treatment on Slide
  • Heavy Machine Chamfer on Bottom of Slide
  • Battlesight with Fiber Optic Front Sight
  • 4″ Stainless Match Grade Compensated Barrel, Hand Fit
  • Fluted Chamber
  • 30 LPI Slide Top Serrations
  • 40 LPI Serrated Rear of Slide
  • Carry Cuts/Ball Endmills Cuts

Personally, I love a compensator on a pistol and if it is a carry comp, all the better. The trend of using a comp isn’t new by any means, but it seems that the renewed interest in adding a loudener to the end of your carry gun has seen quite a bit of an uptick lately.

You can learn more about the Wilson Combat X-TAC Carry Comp by visiting their website HERE, they list the MSRP as starting at $3850.

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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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  • lostintranslation

    How does the ‘fit and finish’ compare with the Carolina Trenton?

    • Rusty S.

      I don’t know about Carolina, but I have directly compared Wilsons to pistols from Ed Brown and found the Wilson has superior fit, finish and reliability. Got to handle this model a week ago and was impressed.

    • mitori

      I owned an Ed Brown, and currently own a Wilson. The Wilson is a better built gun, and their after sales service is much better than Brown.

  • Major Tom

    The price just keeps going up. How much longer until they have a 10,000 dollar gun? Next summer?

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I know the cost would go up but the I’d like to see a front sight attached to the compensator so it doesn’t move with the slide.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Wouldn’t that mean that your front sight would change positions every time you took the gun apart for cleaning? How would you ensure the comp goes back to the same place upon reassembly?

      • I don’t think you would have to worry about it on a Wilson as close as the tolerances are. Close tolerances and still reliable—good stuff.

      • It was not an issue on old-school raceguns in the days before red dot sights. Nor is it an issue in current.USPSA Limited Division guns with the Sight Tracker/Sight Island barrels.

        A proper 1911 comp never needs to be unthreaded from the barrel for disassembly. It is moot in this case as the comp and barrel are machined as one piece. Basically, you remove the slide, pull the recoil assembly out the rear, and then pull the comped barrel forward out of the slide.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        They do it on competition guns. Precise threading and the sight sits in the same place but the slide is cut to allow the extension of the comp to fit. STI did is on a Costa 2011 and Agency Arms did it on the NOC. Custom smiths have been doing it for years on 1911s and 2011s.

      • mitori

        Look up STI Sight Tracker.

      • Gary Kirk

        The same way the barrel goes back into the same alignment with the slide.. Precision fitting, and machining.. And when you’re talking Wilson’s prices, they should have one of their smiths come out and clean the thing for you once a month

  • claymore

    Whew would love to own one of these but wow that price.

    • Cal S.

      If it’s a 1911 and it’s not $2k, it’s not worth having!

  • Tom

    A comp is a bad idea for a carry gun unless you only fire it arms extended and you never end up in a low light engagement without running a weapon light. Muzzle flash is bad enough for your night vision with most pistols in low light without venting the majority of it up into the line of sight. There are some loads specifically designed to reduce muzzle flash.

    You also have the added problem of if you fire from a low retention position upward into someone’s chest the port is now pointed directly toward your face. I remember seeing someone try this with a side/top ported revolver from retention, he ended up with a hole tore in his shirt, and a face full of powder/debris.

    What little you gain in follow up shot speed isn’t worth it.

    • Bill

      Yes, I’m not sure any perceived benefits outweigh the real problems.

  • codfilet

    Waaaaah! It’s tooooooo expensive!!!! there-now you don’t have to read the rest of the comments.

  • Joshua

    $4K for a carry gun? are they flucking nuts?

    • Gary Kirk

      Nah, just nucking futs..

  • RICH

    Only an MSRP starting at $3850…… waaaaay beyond my means , or the ‘means’ of anyone else I know ! ! Good luck to Wilson….. right ! ! ! I was happier spending what i did for my ’28A1 Thompson NFA piece… at least it was a good investment ! !

    • codfilet

      Really? I know plenty of people that wouldn’t even think twice about spending $4000, myself included.

      • RICH

        Glad that’s no too expensive for ya. Buy a couple….. I’ll stick with my good old reworked Colt !

  • Gary Kirk

    I’ll still stick with my older hand fit Kimber for less than half the price.. Wilson’s mags are good though

  • Porty1119

    Sheesh, I could legitimately arm a complete infantry squad with shotguns and HiPoints for the price of that thing.

  • Major Tom

    7600? Ow, my wallet.

    I think that might be more in cost than I have money at all.